Clubs across the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) North East Region are dusting off their sail covers and preparing for the new season.
Since 2012, more than £400,000 has been spent on improvements at sailing locations in the area, which now has facilities to match the best in the country.
At Druridge Bay’s Ladyburn Lake, the Coquet Shorebase Trust is getting ready for its first open day since the completion of its £150,000 development.
“The new centre will make a huge difference to the watersports on offer at the lake,” said Vic Brown, manager and principal instructor at Coquet Shorebase Trust.
“Until now, we have had to transport boats and equipment for every sailing session all the way from our base at Amble.
“Having the boats on site means we can offer a bigger range of watersports activities to everyone.”
“We have also received a small lottery grant, which has enabled us to buy four new Quba dinghies that we can use for both juniors and adults, giving people more access to the water than ever before.
“We will be holding an open day for the public on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5, when everyone can come and have a go. Please visit www.coquetshorebase.org.uk for more details.”
Steve Gibbon, chairman of the RYA North East Region, congratulated all the volunteers at Coquet and other clubs in the area for sourcing the funds to carry out improvement works.
He added: “These new and refurbished facilities will be great for sailing and will allow many more people to take part in the sport.”
• Sailing clubs around the region, including Newbiggin-by-the-sea, will be taking part in the RYA Push The Boat Out weekend on May 17 and 18. For more information, visit www.rya.org.uk/regions/northeast and click on ‘Programmes’.