David ‘Freddie’ Carr, crew member with Sir Ben Ainslie’s Landrover BAR America’s Cup racing squad, was the guest of honour at the Tudor Sailing Club when he unveiled three new boats at a special naming ceremony.
The club received a £10,000 grant from Sport England to buy two new RS Feva dinghies, and an RS Quba dinghy, which were named Ben (after Sir Ben Ainslie), Bart (after the late Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson) and Freddie (after David ‘Freddie’ Carr).
Mr Carr spent the evening talking to the cadets, telling them what it was like sailing with Team BAR and he spoke of the safety aspects put in place to make sure the team had a good sail.
After a few words from Richard Gunn, the Commodore, the boats were launched and Mr Carr spent the rest of the evening up to his knees in the water helping to launch boats and talking to parents and club members on the slipway.
Hannah Barnes, who organised the event, said: ‘We were keen to get some new dinghies for the club.
‘The only club boats Tudor SC had were 10 optimists which were great for the younger cadets but too small for teenagers and young adults.
‘The new boats have allowed the club to bridge that gap and offer regular sailing opportunities to the older cadets, families and adult members.
‘They will also help towards the club’s long-term goal of becoming a Recognised Training Centre.’
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has vigorously promoted the availability of the Sport England grants to enable clubs to get more people onto the water through their workshops and at the London Dinghy Show, which alerted Tudor SC to the opportunity.
Janice Bell from the club wrote the grant while the RYA guided the club, providing a supporting letter and acting as a referee.
The boats will be used for cadet sailing every Wednesday evening, club racing, cruising and to help boost club membership. Tudor Sailing Club is based at Eastern Road.
For more info visit tudorsailing.org.uk.