Onboard for the Commonwealth Games

03 Jul
Onboard for the Commonwealth Games

During the summer sportscotland’s National Centre Cumbrae will be busy with many guests enjoying watersports and making the most of the summer weather.

Sailing is not included as a Commonwealth Games 2014 sport however with GBRs great success at Olympic level and the National Centres input to the sailing at Weymouth in 2012, sailing will be featuring in support of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games.

At the Centre we hope to get people afloat with our great Commonwealth offer from the 23 July to 2 August. For every paying adult upto 2 kids can go half price on our full and half day sessions. These are suitable for beginners and those with experience in dinghy sailing, kayaking or windsurfing. The price, £40pp full day & £20 pp ½ day, is inclusive of watersports clothing, tuition and equipment.

The team from the Centre will be supporting 3 main events in the lead up to the Games; Clydemuirshiel’s Race 2 the Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay and the Commonwealth Flotilla.

Clyde Muirshiel are hoping to have upto 20 two man access 303 sailing dinghies racing a challenging 17 nautical miles from James Watt Dock to the City on Wednesday 2nd July. The particpants are sailors with additional support needs and they will be putting their skills learnt at Castle Semple watersports centre to the test. Cumbrae staff member Stuart White will be manning one of the Centres safty boat as part of the support team and he says “ I am very much looking forward to being involved in this commendable challenge.”

The Queens Baton, which is already making progress around Scotland, will be visiting Largs and Cumbrae on the 15th July. The Centre will be supporting the Queen’s Baton as it travels by sea as part of its relay voyage. The Centre have an open invitation to boaters and kayakers to muster off the Centre between 10 & 11am for the Queen’s Baton passing and then come ashore for complementary morning coffee and a visit to the National Centre facility.

In addition to this David Frame, chief instructor, has been an integral part to the organisation of the Commonwealth Flotilla coordinated by RYA Scotland. Over 200 yachts will parade from James watt Dock, Greenock to the SECC and berth there over the opening weekend of the Commonwealth Games. It is no mean feat to organise this and it is sure to be a resounding success.

With summer well and truly here we hope the team at National Centre Cumbrae can give you a great day beside the seaside and a very enjoyable watersports experience.

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