"Getting more people out on their Lasers and enjoying themselves is something I would always encourage and so I jumped at the chance to be an Ambassador for this project. What's great about this project is that it's not just about bits of paper and workshops but real, ongoing practical support for clubs," said Goodsion.
The Activate Your Laser Fleet project has already been piloted in a number of clubs in Great Britain with some considerable success. Pilot participants South Cerney Sailing Club's Jon Hammond commented: "We've turned our three boat Laser fleet into a thriving success with a tailored and regular training programme. Not only have skill levels and enjoyment increased, there is a hunger to improve standards and facilities for our Laser sailors. We have increased the numbers of our Laser fleet to double figures and hope to reach 20 boats regularly competing in 2010."
The project will now be rolled out to select clubs with a Laser Fleet, with Fleet Captains of the Laser Class being invited to attend the workshops that start in February 2010.
At the end of the first year of the project the Club which develops the most innovating way of Activating its Laser Fleet will receive a special award and Skandia Team GBR's Paul Goodison has kindly agreed to spend a day with the winning Club.
If you feel that your Club would benefit from the support offered by the Activate Your Laser Fleet Project, then contact Tzaneen Mears at the RYA for more information about becoming involved.