We are proud to announce the launch of Sail Thurrock, a collaboration between Thurrock Yacht Club and Grangewaters Outdoor Education Centre which seeks to increase participation in the sport of sailing in Thurrock.

 Funded by a grant from Active Thurrock, this youth and family sailing project will start with a number of dinghy sailing taster sessions at Grange waters through the summer holidays. The taster sessions will be followed by a series of more structured sessions under the auspices of the Royal Yachting Associations Onboard Programme.

Sailing is a sport where skill develops quickly along with experience – it is not wholly reliant on physical strength or agility. Sail Thurrock is underpinned by a pathway that allows members to follow the route that suits them best. This includes:

 

 

                competitive sailing under the RYA’s well established programmes

                recreational dinghy sailing at Grangewaters and other venues in Essex

                keelboat and cruiser sailing at Thurrock Yacht Club in Grays

Sailing offers a unique combination of excitement and relaxation, not only stimulating physical activity, but also carrying mental health and developmental benefits.  The Royal Yachting Association has commissioned extensive research into the benefits of sailing, including a recent collaboration with Professor Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester. Professor Lucas’s work finds that sailing benefits young people in developing creativity, confidence, teamwork, communication, determination, independence and performance.

We are totally committed to developing sailing as a significant sport and leisure activity in Thurrock – for more details please visit the Sail Thurrock website.