Sailing parade ends week of fun on water

Youngsters enjoy ''Cadet Week at The Stokes Bay Sailing Club in Gosport
Youngsters enjoy ''Cadet Week at The Stokes Bay Sailing Club in Gosport
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A WEEK of fun on the water finished with a sailing parade.

An annual cadets’ event ended yesterday after seven days of activities for the youngsters of Stokes Bay Sailing Club.

Around 70 children took part in the week, ranging from six to 16-year-olds.

Grace Clark, a co-ordinator for the cadets, said: ‘We’ve been doing lots of sailing, from games to training.’

The youngsters were taught sailing skills by professional instructors.

Amy Jackson, 16, from Bay House School in Gosport, said: ‘It was so good.

‘I’ve come on leaps and bounds this week – I’m so much better than when I started.’

One of the trainers, and commodore of the sailing club, is Nick Harrison, who previously coached Olympic gold medallist sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson.

Mr Harrison said: ‘It’s been fantastic to see all the young people out improving their sailing.

‘It was great to get them in the boats giving them something to do.’

The cadets were trained by another Olympic coach and former Olympian Derek Clark.

For many of them, the high level of training on offer was a highlight.

Rosie Hill, 15, from Bay House School said: ‘The coaching was my favourite. We had good coaching.

‘It was good to get involved with and it was fun.’

A rigid inflatable boat was lent to the club by Gosport’s international sailing star Alex Thomson – the fastest British man to sail single-handedly, non-stop around the globe in the 2013 Vendee Globe race.

The Cadet Week closed with a parade of boats sailing around the harbour in Gosport, led by the youngest cadets.