In recent weeks, I have had my first real experience in volunteering at local activity centre helping out with the sailing. I noticed while assisting some of these young people how rewarding sharing the sport we love so much, and how volunteering is great fun.
To further this I went on to think about the amount of volunteers that go into a sailing to help it run. The PROs and ARO for example regularly give up an evening or a weekend to run are races or the safety boat crews who might have even given up their own sailing to help out on a safety boat.A great example of how volunteering through sailing can be so rewarding is the great work it took to rebuild the race box at PYC.
I will take this moment to say thank you for all the help you put in !
A great way to get involved on a national level would be to get join in a great scheme called http://www.sportmakers.co.uk/
. I have managed to sign up to helping with the Olympic live site on the beach at Weymouth as a sports volunteer on the first two days of the games. These opportunities could help you share your passion for sailing whilst maybe introducing new people to the sport and be part of an Olympic legacy.You could also encourage your friends and family to attend your local RYA push the boat out days in the coming months.
In other news, we avoided the RS200 open event at Bristol Corinthian due to the forecast being gusting 30+ knots, so we are now looking forward to Parkstone Yacht Clubs very own open event on the 19th.