Weʼve raised £10 to the purchase of 3 Sonar sailing yachts
- Southampton, UK
- Funded on Wednesday, 15th August 2018
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The Southampton Sonar FleetThis proposal is being put forward by Royal Southampton Yacht Club Trust a charitable organisation with an aim of getting all people on the water and sailing. We welcome the involvement and input from interested individuals, bodies and organisations who would be interested in supporting this project and from businesses or organisations would be willing to sponsor or fund the project. We want to create a small fleet of these keel boats that anyone in the community has an opportunity to use. We will manage the fleet and ensure the opportunities are available and affordable.
To gather together a fleet of at least 6 Sonar keel boats in the Southampton Water Area for the use of the community, individual sailors, charities, sailing and yacht clubs, Training Establishments and other organisations. It is proposed the fleet could be used as single boats or a number of boats for recreational, racing, training or cruising purposes. Races would be arranged specifically for them as a one design fleet with the ultimate aim for this fleet to be part of the RYA Keel boat league.
Ownership and Management of Fleet
It is envisaged that a consortium (club) will be formed that will manage, maintain and operate the fleet. The boats may be owned by individuals, organisations or the consortium. The consortium will lease the boat out to users and income will be used for the upkeep of the fleet and to reimburse owners for the use of the boats.
The Sonar is a 23’ one-design keelboat high-performance racer and comfortable day-sailor, just right for getting the entire family or friends on the water together. It was designed by Bruce Kirby and almost 700 boats have been built since 1980. The Sonar has achieved status as an International ClassThe Sonar is ideal for all types of sailing, sail training and racing. With its sparkling performance, it has been selected by many yacht clubs, Training Centres and public sailing programmes as their preferred keelboatThe Sonar became the first choice for the Paralympics and was used in the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016. It is an ISAF Recognised Class, with fleets in many countries around the world. We also intend to modify some of the boats for partially sighted and disabled sailors. In this way anyone in the community can have an opportunity to go sailing.
Progress to Date
The RSYC Trust is developing the proposal with the view of attracting and involving other interested parties or individuals. We have so far had dialogue with Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC) part of the Active Nation Group and Royal Yachting Association. We have approached Sport England about how they may be able to assist. SWAC already has 2 Sonars and the RSYC Trust is in discussion with SWAC to use those boats for our beneficiaries and other charities. We have entered both of these boats into a series of racing events this Spring using very experienced helms and local Young Carers as crew.
We have located three Sonar boats that are for sale. Our next step is to secure funding or support to acquire these boats.Once we have them we need to find moorings for them in the Southampton area. We will be approaching marinas, mooring owners, sailing clubs and other organisations an endeavour to secure berths. We will also be approaching local businesses and organisations for support and/or sponsorship. We are pleased to have the support and help of two Paralympic sailors. Helena Lucas MBE who is an Ambassador for the RSYC Trust has agreed to helm one of the Sonars in the Spring race series and Hannah Stodel who raced Sonars at the Rio Olympics. Helena has won many top awards including Gold at London 2012 and Bronze at Rio in 2016 together with Silver in the Yngling class at the pre Olympics in Qingadao in 2006. Hannah has represented Great Britain at 4 Summer Paralympics and with her colleagues John Robertson and Stephen Thomas has won 3 gold medals in the Mixed Sonar class at the Disabled Sailing World Championships. If you would like to know more or how you might be able to be involved in this project, please contact me Graham Tracey Trustee – Royal Southampton Yacht Club Trust Mobile – 07853 279501
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