Sponsorship from local businesses has made it possible for the Guernsey Sailing Trust to begin renewing its dinghy fleet.
The Trust has recently replaced six of its ‘Laser Picos’ – a single handed dinghy that is very suitable for intermediate junior sailors.
“Each year almost a thousand young people come to the Trust to receive sailing tuition,” said Trust principal Adam Reed. “As a charity we rely on the support of local businesses and fundraising to help us keep our fleet up to date and up to code so that we can provide those young people with a safe and fun environment where they can learn to sail.
“Each Pico will be very well used and we are very grateful to our sponsors for their help.”
The new dinghies are sponsored by Butterfield, Intersurgical, BWCI, F Watson and Sons, Creaseys (M & S) and by a private donor.
Guernsey Sailing Trust chair Phil Bodman said: “Launching the new Picos was very exciting and they are already in use by local schools and student groups.
“We are very grateful to our sponsors and hope they enjoy seeing their companies represented on the sails of the Trust’s fleet as they sail around the harbour and Havelet Bay.
“We still have some way to go before our fleet is completely renewed, as we are looking to replace a further six Picos in the near future and potentially our support and safety boats as well.”
Anyone interested in supporting the Guernsey Sailing Trust should contact Principal Adam Reed on 01481 710877.