Royal visit for Snettisham Beach Sailing Club

The Princess Royal Anne visited Snettisham Beach Sailing Club to open their new club house. Picture:

The Princess Royal Anne visited Snettisham Beach Sailing Club to open their new club house. Picture: RYA - Credit: Archant

HRH The Princess Royal has officially opened Snettisham Beach Sailing Club's new clubhouse.

The new clubhouse has been significantly extended and renovated over the last two years, with £120,000 of improvements, partly funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.

Whilst at the club Her Royal Highness was able to see plenty of activities taking place. Youngsters were being trained in Topper dinghies, a This Girl Can Ladies sailing group was in action and a group from Churchill Park Complex Needs School in Kings Lynn were using the facilities.

She also met club members, past commodores, guests from other local sailing clubs and representatives of the RNLI and RYA.

Robbie Bell, Regional Development officer, and member at SBSC, said: 'It was a great honour for the club to receive a visit from HRH The Princess Royal to see grassroots activity taking place, chat with a variety of participants and volunteers and officially open the new facility. I know SBSC is looking forward to welcoming many new people to try sailing and become members of this superb family friendly club.'

Club commodore Adrian Tebbutt added: 'She is really very knowledgeable about sailing, we had quite a detailed chat about the tides, wind, the boats the club sails, and she was very impressed with how we built a thriving club in a location which, on the face of it, where the sea washes in and out giving us perhaps a three-hour window of opportunity for sailing. However, our lake makes us unique in the UK, allowing us to introduce and develop newcomers in absolute safety before graduating to sea sailing, as confidence and experience grows.'

For more information about the club visit www.snetbeach.co.uk

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