OnBoard at Portchester Sailing Club
‘OnBoard’ was developed by the RYA to encourage more young people onto the water through local sailing clubs and centres throughout the UK. The original aim was half a million new sailors and it is hoped to achieve that figure this year. By lending its support and expertise through County Development Officers the RYA has brought Sailing and Windsurfing within the scope of all young people. Portchester Sailing Club became actively involved in OnBoard in 2011. There are now over 200 clubs and centres flying the OnBoard flag.
‘Sailing and Windsurfing have everything – from a cool and sociable relaxing leisure pastime to – a high adrenaline high-performance sport!’
The OnBoard scheme is aimed at helping clubs and centres to work with any local groups of young people such as schools, clubs, and other youth groups such as Scouts and Guides.
A PSC OnBoard course consists of 10 hours of instruction both on and off the water. The school or youth group takes up one years temporary membership with PSC covering two staff and up to 12 children. The course follows the RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage One which gives a basic introduction and understanding of how a boat is rigged and sails.