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Ladies Who Launch celebrate a great 2016 season

Ladies Who Launch celebrate a great 2016 season

Endeavour Trophy winner Karen Smith, left, with Anne Noble and Julie Archer
Their last session was held during the club’s I Am Team GB event held to celebrate Team GB’s success at the Rio Olympics (August 27). Throughout 2016, a total of 20 members of all ages have taken part in eight Saturday morning sessions aimed at getting women on the water with no pressure and no formal instruction.

“The idea behind the sessions is to offer something for the ladies in the club who have spent years supporting partners and children who enjoy sailing. Now it’s their turn,” explained experienced sailor Anne Noble, of Brougham, near Penrith, who organises the sessions with fellow instructor Julie Archer. “We don’t teach, that is done by our Sailing School, but we are there to give friendly support and encouragement.”

Some ladies own their own boats but those who don’t are able to use the range of boats, both single and multi-handed, owned by Ullswater Sailing School which is based at the club. After their last on-the-water session, the ladies got together on the shore for the annual presentation of the Endeavour Trophy, a brass anchor donated by Julie Archer. Karen Smith, who lives near Brampton, won the award for the way she has improved in her Laser Radial over the year.

“We have had lots of heavy weather and Karen has always been out there sailing and enjoying herself when it has been wet and windy. She has really pushed her own boundaries and we are all very proud of her,” said Anne Noble. Anne said she was delighted with the turnout for Ladies Who Launch which has been held for the past four years and also pleased at the way the ‘new’ sailors go on to take part in the special novice races that are held later on a Saturday.

The Ladies Who Launch group is proud to be part of Active Cumbria’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign which was set up by Sport England to encourage women to take part in sports activities. And the group has been so successful that similar men-only sessions, Blokes In a Boat, run by instructors Steve Potter and Rick Boyce, has been set up. Ladies Who Launch and Blokes in a Boat are looking forward to their next season on and off the water with eight sessions planned for 2017. 

Posted on 09 September 2016 (Archive on 07 October 2016)
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