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AFLOAT: Weymouth Sailing Club’s centenary boost
A £4,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been awarded to Weymouth Sailing Club to support its Centenary Exhibition project.
The week-long exhibition, which begins tomorrow, is a celebration of the past 100 years of the club, from its original founding in Weymouth in 1913 as the Franklin Sailing Club.
The club’s story is told using display boards, a large digital screen and many historic items, including an original wooden Falcon dinghy. The project will also involve digitising old photos to create an electronic archive of the club’s history.
Exhibition organiser She Tay-lor said: “We’re thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this grant. The club has been a vibrant part of Weymouth life for one hundred years and the centenary is a great point to celebrate our history.
“We hope the exhibition will engage the local community and bring our story to life.”
Nerys Watts, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said: “We at the Heritage Lottery Fund are delighted to be supporting Weymouth Sailing Club with this exciting exhibition.
“People will now be able to explore and better appreciate the Club’s 100-year history and the important role it has played in the local community over the last century.”
The exhibition will run daily from tomorrow until Saturday, September 7 in the club’s Longshed, next to the Lifeboat Station.
* The club hosts the prestigious Merlin Rocket silver tiller trophy challenge this weekend.
The silver tiller is a challenge trophy for the national Merlin Rocket dinghy fleet.
To qualify for the prize a helmsman counts his or her season’s five most favourable results, which must include at least one from each category of meeting which include open water – lakes or reservoirs – and sea.
The competitors visit places such as Rutland Water, Whitstable and Starcross, 21 events are planned for this year with Weymouth designated a sea event.
Five races are proposed over the two days with the prizegiving on Sunday afternoon being held next door to the club in the lifeboat house.
* Weymouth Sailing Club membership is open to all. For more information, visit wsc.org.uk
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