Edmund is yacht club’s new sailing development officer

Date: Monday 10th April 2017

ULLSWATER Yacht Club has appointed a new sailing development officer (SDO), 21-year-old Edmund Clarke, who will be taking up the role at the beginning of May.

Edmund is already a familiar face at the club. He has been a member all his life, learning to sail there and becoming an instructor. He is a valued and popular volunteer and keen racer.

He is also well qualified for the role as a Royal Yachting Association senior dinghy instructor, a keelboat sailing instructor, a level two racing coach and a powerboat instructor. He also has qualifications in kayaking, canoeing, caving and mountain biking. He is currently working at an outdoor education centre in North Yorkshire.

Edmund will look after the day-to-day running of the club’s Ullswater Sailing School which offers a range of RYA courses to suit all ages and levels of experience. The school has a fleet of 16 boats and also offers tuition for school groups and other organisations. Later in the season, a Friday night youth club will be held and a summer holiday sailing scheme in August.

Club commodore Peter Lewis said: “We are delighted to appoint Edmund as our SDO. He is already a part of the Ullswater ‘family’ and we are pleased that he will now be working with us to develop sailing at the club.”

Edmund will be busy at the club on Saturday, 20th May, when it will hold free sailing taster sessions as part of the Royal Yachting Association’s Push the Boat Out campaign.

Visitors will be welcome to try sailing a dinghy under the expert guidance of a qualified RYA instructor from Ullswater Sailing School. The sessions are free and the club will provide buoyancy aids and helmets. All visitors need is warm clothing, waterproofs and shoes they don’t mind getting wet. The taster sessions are for all ages and family groups are welcome. Booking is essential.