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From bus to boat for St Helen's pupils

72 days ago Mon 8th Apr 2019

Pupils from St Helens Primary School in Ryde will be enjoying free sailing lessons this Summer, thanks to support from Sea View Yacht Club and Southern Vectis.

The yacht club offers to teach youngsters to sail over a 10 week period, thanks to a partnership with 1851 Trust - but transport from the school to the teaching site can pose a challenge. Now, Southern Vectis is stepping in to ensure the Year 5 and Year 6 students are able to reach the water at no cost.

“We’re delighted to be offering youngsters from St Helens Primary School sailing lessons this Summer,” said Jonathon Curtis, sailing director at Sea View Yacht Club. “For many, this is the only chance they will have to enjoy the wonderful delights this Island has to offer in the waters off its coastline.

“The lessons are free-of-charge to the students - but getting them here was going to prove a challenge because of transport costs. Southern Vectis was only too happy to help. The company is sponsoring the children and their teachers, by transporting them on its route 8 service - making the whole thing possible.

“Sailing lessons give these pupils the chance to enjoy something completely different, teaching them a new skill, and allowing them to bond as a team. We hope this experience will give them memories that will last a lifetime.”

Richard Tyldsley, Southern Vectis general manager, added: “As an established member of the Isle of Wight community, we are always looking for ways to support local schools, clubs and societies - and this is the perfect opportunity for us to do just that.

“We hope the St Helens Primary School pupils enjoy their Summer on the water - and look forward to following their progress.”

St Helens Primary School headteacher, Carl Wake, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to enjoy a thoroughly enjoyable and fulfilling experience. We’d like to thanks Sea View Yacht Club and Southern Vectis for making it all possible.

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