THE Youth Section of Lyme Regis Sailing Club have been very fortunate recipients of a final grant from the original Candles on the Cobb committee, led by Phil Street, Mike Higgs and Les and Herbert.
“We have been able to buy four Toppers, a pathway class into more skilled sailing which is promoted by the RYA, to give our keen younger sailors a taste of controlling a purpose-built racing dinghy , plus a trolley to store them on,” commented Tuesday youth training organiser Sally Holman.
“The trolley has been constructed with the help of harbour staff, the engineer in particular, from first class materials, and carries a Candles logo strip, as do the booms of the Toppers.
“We are most grateful to the now-retired Candles committee, and although these are more delicate dinghies than those often used for training beginners, we have several promising youngsters who are now able to use them before progressing further.
“We’ve enjoyed contributing to the Candles lighting team and fundraisers over the years, and the club intends to continue to support the Rotary Club committee who are carrying on the tradition.”
Tuesday training is run entirely by volunteers as are other youth sailing opportunities which exist at the club for race training, the beginner Optimist class , with further summer courses in conjunction with the Lyme Regis Sea School Trust.
Candles On The Cobb will take place on Sunday, August 26 under a new organising committee.