Pushing the boat out with Snettisham Beach Sailing Club
Snettisham Beach Sailing Club opened their doors and launched their boats for one of their open days on Saturday 11 March to give people a taste of the open water.
Scores of people from both complete novices to adept sailors came to the clubhouse for the special event. Though what started as a gloomy day, the clouds cleared by early afternoon, creating perfect sailing conditions. When the tide went out they took the boats to the lake behind the clubhouse and continued there.
Though officially formed in 1939, the Snettisham Beach club has a history stretching back to 1908, and is one of the oldest sailing clubs still operating today. The club has grown from strength to strength over the proceeding decades and now boasts a permanent RYA Chief Instructor and offers a range of courses and activities to suit both children and older adults.
Explaining what a typical week involves at the sailing club, instructor Jane Ellison explains: “during term time we get a lot of school groups, we run learn to sail courses for adults, after school clubs, our own members go out racing on Wednesdays and at weekends, we have a ladies sailing group and sessions for older adults as well. There is a lot happening right through the summer.”
The next open day will be on July 7, open to anyone who wants to give sailing a try. A big event taking place this summer is Cadet Week running from August 5-10 which will see around 100 junior members aged between 7 and 16 sail everyday for a week.