Volunteers sign up to help out at sailing organisation

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A SAILING scheme which sees disadvantaged young people learn to sail is set for a flying start to 2013 with new volunteers.

Two volunteer skippers have joined Gosport Youth Afloat after they appealed for help with running the organisation.

As previously reported in the The News, the scheme sees young people from Gosport referred to the trustees, who then organise for the youngsters to be taught how to sail a yacht.

James Stallard, a trustee at Gosport Youth Afloat, said he was pleased new people had approached the group.

He said: ‘We have had a couple of people come up and volunteer, that’s a good thing in itself. It’s important that the project carries on because it’s obviously of some use to youngsters who are, so far, appreciating it.

‘They’ve enjoyed themselves and learnt something.

‘We’ve actually got more children who want to come on to it this year, the more the better in that way.’

The group has two yachts, Solaris which was refitted by the team last year, and Jupiter which is undergoing work to make her suitable for training the youngsters.

Organisers hope that with the new boat and skippers they will be able to take more children out on the water.

The group take disadvantaged children out on the water, many for the first time, after they are referred to them by PCSO Jane Dawson, of Gosport police.