They’re off! – Youngsters learn to sail at Lee

Seven of the Gosport Marine Futures team had their first Try a Sail session at Lee on the Solent Sailing Club on Saturday 30th April.

Stefan Bugg enjoyed the session so much he joined the Lee sailing Club and crewed for a club member later that day. Megan Eddles said ” I had so much fun, I was allowed to take the helm and even bring the boat safely about, the Instructors were brilliant, I am looking forward to the next session on 14 May”. Sam Frost, 18 from Lee-on-Solent, one of Gosport’s 2015-16 Youth Sailing Ambassadors manned the safety boat for the Try a Sail session. Sam said how much he enjoys being involved in the programme.

John Beavis supervising on behalf of Gosport Marine Scene said ” the Lee Sailing Club team were brilliant, the Commodore briefed them on arrival and the RYA qualified instructors took such good care of the young people. They all had great fun”.

Gosport Marine Scene Project Officer Abby Thomson said ‘I am really excited about the way that so many organisations and volunteers have worked hard to bring this programme together. I was delighted to see the enthusiasm by our selected young crew for the programme.’
For more information about Gosport Marine Futures visit You can follow the progress of the Gosport Marine Futures crew and support their fundraising efforts via social media @GosportMarFest and the Gosport Marine Festival Facebook page.

Lee on Solent Sailing Club regularly runs free Try a Sail sessions open to the public. For more details go to