'Sailing for Gold' on the Clyde

19 Aug
'Sailing for Gold' on the Clyde

On the 17th and 18th August, the RYA Scotland hosted a very special ‘Sail for Gold’ event at Quayside, Glasgow.

The event saw around 200 pupils, from 8 primary schools, take to the waters around the Riverside Museum. sportscotland Cumbrae led the ‘on the water’ activities under the leadership of Cumbrae’s instructor, Charlotte MacBeath. Other Cumbrae staff we also on hand to help things run smoothly.

Children out on the 'hansas'
Children out on the ‘hansas’

On-the-water fun for the school kids

The sun shone for the entire event, from set-up on the Tuesday, right through to close on the Thursday, serving to make it even more of a spectacular event. Seeing the children out on the water in ‘hansas’, with the backdrop of the Tall Ship and the Riverside Museum was something to behold. It was great to see the youngsters getting so much out of their experience, made even more special as some Team GB sailors were present all throughout, offering encouragement, advice and of course INSPIRATION!

As one teacher commented:

‘Three days into term and it’s going to be difficult to beat this as a highlight for them this year’.

The Tall Ship and Riverside Museum make for a stunning backdrop
The Tall Ship and Riverside Museum make for a stunning backdrop

Sparking National Interest

On the first morning of the event, ‘BBC Breakfast’ had a live feed to Quayside and later that day one of the presenter’s interviewed Cumbrae’s Chief Instructor David Frame:

BBC interview Cumbrae's David Frame
BBC interview Cumbrae’s David Frame

Watch the interview here (nb. David comes on around the 13min mark)

Outdoors Race Screenings

A large outdoor screen was put up on both evenings of the event to allow 100+ plus ticketholders to watch live medal races of the Olympic Sailing taking place in Rio. People had come to watch both Luke Patience and Charlotte Dobson trying to secure medals, both of these sailors passing through Cumbrae over the years. Unfortunately,on the first night, conditions in Rio meant that that no racing took place,however spirits remained high as the crowd gathered in the sunshine.

Team TB sailors waiting to support their collegues on screen
Team TB sailors waiting to support their collegues on screen

The next evening did bring race screenings and although the Scottish hopefuls on Team GB didn’t secure medals they had impressive performances over the course of the games and can be proud of their achievements!

All in all the 2 days on the Clyde were truly special and will have a golden place in the memories of all involved!

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