ABERDEEN and Stonehaven Yacht Club, ASYC, have been selected as the Scottish finalist in a UK- wide Club of the Year competition.
The Shorehead-based club is up against nine other regional finalists including those based in Lymington, Exe, Ballyhome and Teeside.
Our Stonehaven sailors are now looking for strong public support to help them take the title – which is decided by a vote.
Making sailing accessible to all
With springtime sailing at the Loch of Skene before the action moves to challenges of Stonehaven Bay, the club offers a unique mix of sailing experiences.
And club Commodor Ditta Neumann said the club is working hard to make the fun of sailing at their two centres as accessible to as many people as possible.
”I think a lot of people think it is expensive and just for posh people, but really it is not. It is a lot easier than people think and a lot cheaper than people think.
”We offer a £10 first year membership for adult members – they just have to complete an RYA dinghy course with Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust first.”
And, she said, for those new to the sport, the club has a fleet of 20 dinghies available to borrow.
”New members can come sailing and try the different boats and find out what boat they like,” she said.
”We want to make that initial step into the sport as easy as possible.”
Thriving junior section
The membership of ASYC has grown to 250 members of all ages from youngsters to pensioners – and all skill levels from beginner to national champions.
With over 90 junior club members, ASYC has the biggest youth squad in Scotland. The club runs a 9-week lesson programme for 55 youngsters each spring – and as the club is run by volunteers, the parents are asked to pitch in and help.
”They love it,” said Ditta. ”Parents often go on to take up adult sailing or do a powerboat course or do standby safety training.”