For the second year running we are an RYA Club of the Year finalist
“It is a great honour to once again be nominated as a Finalist for the second year in a row!. The experience has helped us build a great community of sailors, paddlers and swimmers who support each other, and all help develop the volunteer led and run club.
We know just how important the club is to many of our members who quite literally have found regular exercise and club membership to be life changing.
This fantastic achievement recognises the very special place Chelmarsh is. We have been specifically recognised in the category of “Inclusive and Open to all”.
Connections with local people and the community have been really important for us. We ran the first ever session for Seaful, a charity promoting the health of and health benefits of water, where 40 inner city children were able to take to the water for the first time. www.seaful.org.uk/category/news/
This short video summarises the year and is part of our Year Round up www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNkfefl5Pow
Open Water Swimming has been an incredible success at the club, with over 3000kms having been swum this year by 300 swimmers. A survey showed members appreciating not only the physical benefits but also discussing the mental health improvements as well as the great club atmosphere helping counter the negative aspects of the COVID epidemic: www.chelmarshsailing.org.uk/ows/21 09 OWS Survey.pdf
Please vote for Chelmarsh Sailing Club as the overall winner will be chosen from the finalists. As David Partridge (Commodore) says:
“A vote for Chelmarsh is a vote for sailing clubs nationally to consider opening their doors and water to Stand Up Paddle boarding, Swimming and other users and to build and support local communities”.
Vote for us here: https://awards.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/chelmarsh-
If you want to see what our members have been up to:
You can read our full press release here.