From February, three Sailing… Have a Go! trailers will be on the road, returning to schools throughout the North Island and commencing for South Island schools from Picton to Dunedin.
The initial pilot launch was well received by schools, yacht clubs and participating children. From January to December 2006, Sailing…Have a Go! successfully engaged 50 schools and 27 clubs in the North Island. Over 1,200 school children have had the opportunity to have a go at sailing, and repeat bookings have flooded in. Now nationwide, the programme has the capacity to introduce around 3,000 children to sailing each year.
'Of those children that have taken part to date, 44% have never experienced sailing before, and 58% have indicated they would like continue sailing and join a club,' says Sabra DAVIES, Yachting Programmes Coordinator.
Bookings from schools in areas yet to see Sailing… Have a Go! have also been exceptional. Starting in Picton on Friday 9 February, the new trailer will now travel south visiting Motueka, Nelson, Dunedin, Timaru and Lake Dunstan before Easter.
Each mobile trailer unit contains nine beginner sailing dinghies including Optimists and Topper Tazs providing children the chance to sail single-handed or with a friend. A qualified instructor manages each Sailing… Have a Go! trailer teaching a variety of customised programmes most suited to Year 7 and 8 children.
The one day challenge allows for 12 children to have a fun day at a local yacht club learning a few basics ashore before taking to the water under the watchful eye of the instructor. Those keen to go further after the Sailing… Have a Go! day are introduced to the local yacht club or learn to sail programme.
Yachting New Zealand acknowledges the generous support of the Lion Foundation and the Team New Zealand 2000 Trust in the launch of Sailing… Have a Go!