AFLOAT: Elma’s donation to boost windsurfers

Dorset Echo: ON BOARD: Young windsurfers on the water ON BOARD: Young windsurfers on the water

THE Chesil Trust, which oversees the Rod Shipley Sail for a Fiver Scheme is very pleased to announce a further donation from Elma Shipley.

In memory of her husband Rod who died in 2012, the donation has helped provide the opportunity for the new Rod Shipley Windsurf for a Fiver scheme.

The programme will allow Year Eight schoolchildren to try windsurfing for just £5.

Chairman of the Chesil Trust, Di Ludlow, said “The Rod Shipley Windsurf for a Fiver scheme will help introduce hundreds of local children, aged 12-14, to the sport of windsurfing, going someway to demonstrate just what a wonderful watersports venue they have on their doorstep.”

The trust will work with the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy’s windsurfing partner, the Official Test Centre (OTC) to provide the tuition.

She added: “Elma Shipley was inspired by the response to the Sail for a Fiver scheme and was pleased to be able use the Rod Shipley Memorial Fund to do something for slightly older children.”

On receiving news of the scheme, the OTC’s director Tris Best said: “It is fantastic that windsurfing has been included in the scheme, enabling local children to try dinghy sailing’s colourful cousin and see if it is for them.

“Since opening in 2010, the OTC has worked tirelessly to make the sport more accessible to the local community.

“With the support from the Rod Shipley Memorial Fund, this vision can become more nurtured and concentrated.”


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