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Some 80 children demonstrated their sailing and kayaking skills to the Princess Royal when she visited Docklands Sailing and Watersports (DSWC) Centre.

Princess Anne was there to help celebrate the tenth anniversary of the RYA’s OnBoard programme in her role as President of the RYA.

The Princess chatted to groups of children and their instructors between their sailing and kayaking sessions on Millwall Outer Dock. She later unveiled a plaque to commemorate the visit.


RYA regional development manager Steve Mitchell said: “Today’s activities are part of a the summer schedule at DSWC. Nearly 100 youngsters will experience sailing for the first time during this week’s sailing programme.

“It’s been a great day, and good for Her Royal Highness to see all the fantastic work that’s going on here. DSWC was one of the first wave of RYA OnBoard centres and through its work with schools, youth clubs and community groups thousands of youngsters have had the opportunity to go sailing for the first time and continue their sailing after school or at week-ends. ”

Located in the heart of London’s Docklands at the west end of Millwall outer dock, DSWC is an RYA recognised training centre, and delivers courses in sailing, windsurfing and powerboating.

Chief instructor Phil Holman said: “It’s been fantastic having Her Royal Highness here today. It shows the importance of the centre as an inner city sailing and watersports venue, and I’m hoping this will help to bring us not only more youngsters and people who want to become involved in watersports, but also more funders who want to engage with us and with accessible sailing and watersports across the UK.”

Duncan Truswell, RYA sports development manager, concluded: “Today is just a way of the RYA saying thanks and recognising the contribution that everyone involved here has made to OnBoard: the charities, the massive team of volunteers who make all this happen, and the staff at DSWC who all go the extra mile to get the best for the kids of this area.”

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged eight to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres. Over a ten year period OnBoard has introduced more than 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants.

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Story dated August 3rd 2015