Girlguiding Cheshire Border Boat Launch Party
On Sunday 9th May, members of the team, together with special guests and sponsors gathered to mark the success of a dinghy replacement and paddle sport extension campaign.
Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, the team have recently bought 2 katakanus, 2 Wayfarers, and 1 Laser 2000 as well as 35 buoyancy aids. As Girlguiding UK celebrates its Centenary in 2010, all but one of the new craft have been given special Centenary related names. The exception is 1 Wayfarer which has been named in memory of the late Tony Evans, a Scout Leader who was a Senior Instructor and taught many Scouts and Guides to sail.
Rhonda Larkin who manages the water activities for the County said, “The Get Wet Team would like to thank the RAF, The Foundation for Sport and the Arts, Sellafield Ltd, The Robert Clutterbuck Trust, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust and Awards for All for their generous support.
“We are absolutely delighted with our new boats and it will mean that we can continue to offer a fantastic range of water activities here at Tatton.”
The Girlguiding Cheshire Border Get Wet Team is made up of a group of 15 volunteer adult instructors and 35 young people who regularly provide minimal cost paddle sport and sailing water activities to Brownies and Guides from all over Cheshire.
This extends as well to the surrounding areas of Warrington, Manchester, Stockport, and Lancashire and on occasions Wales, a catchment of over 10,000 young women.
Last year the team provided over 1000 children and young people with one day taster sessions of a combination of kayaking, canoeing and sailing. The team also encourages all its members and instructors to develop their personal skills and gain new qualifications and is grateful for the support provided by the RYA and other sailing club centres at Glossop and Winsford Flash.