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29 November 2006, 10:18 am
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The Yachting New Zealand programme Sailing… Have a Go! is giving children from 9- 13 years old a taste of the action, and leaves a good percentage of them wanting more. Over 350 children have been on the water with Sailing… Have a Go! since the start of the summer season in early October and 67% of those children have indicated that they would like to continue sailing.
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Sailing… Have a Go! is offering up potential new members to yacht clubs across the North Island of New Zealand and will soon be doing the same nationwide.

Contact details for the children who showed interest are passed on to the yacht club that hosted Sailing… Have a Go! providing the club with a list of likely participants for the next Learn to Sail course on offer.

Participating schools to date range from a decile rating of one through to ten, and children signing up to take part are evenly split between girls and boys.

Sailing… Have a Go!, which expanded to encompass affiliated Yacht Clubs across the entire north island in October this year, is being extremely well received by schools, many of them re-booking immediately after taking part. Reports indicate that Sailing… Have a Go! makes life easy for teachers with a simple booking system, as well as having resources and equipment provided.

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'In my two years at Bream Bay College this programme would rate the best I have been involved with, and the combination of yourselves, Marsden Yacht Club and for us at the College, worked exceptionally well,' notes the Bream Bay College Sports Coordinator.

'But most of all what it has done is to create an awareness now of what is available to the students and how they can give it a go, and where, and who they can do it with.'

The third Sailing… Have a Go! trailer is nearing completion now, and will be in schools in the south island from January 2007. A new South Island Instructor completes the final piece of the picture, taking Sailing… Have a Go! nationwide.

Jodie Perkins (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The Sailing… Have A Go! trailer:© Yachting New Zealand
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