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Friday, 29 May 2015

Sam takes the helm in North

AN EXCITING year awaits North-East sailing following the appointment of a new regional development officer.

RYA recruit Sam Usher.

Sam Usher has taken over the helm as the Royal Yachting Association’s new officer for Yorkshire and the North-East.

Having worked for sailing schools as far afield as Dubai and Indonesia, the 30-year-old is thrilled to be back in the north of England where it all began for him.

He said: “I love sailing and my goal is to convey that passion as widely as possible throughout the region.

“We have some fabulous clubs and facilities in the North-East and Yorkshire, which I will help to support and through these clubs we will develop a healthy network of sailing opportunities for everyone.

“Sailing is one of the few sports that can offer something for all ages and abilities; it can be relaxing and calming or thrilling and exhilarating, it's really your choice.

“Plus, it doesn’t have to cost much to start sailing, as many clubs run open days with sessions for all. There really is no excuse not to get out on the water and give it a go!”

He added: “I feel we need to raise our profile up here too, within the sailing world and bringing more events here. We have the facilities, locations and potential to host some prestigious events and once the elite competitors come up here they will be hooked.

“Finally, I would like to work with clubs, centres and commercial partners to develop a pathway for people to enter into employment within the boating world, with the use of apprenticeships and internships.

“This should develop employment opportunities within the region's marine based sectors.”

Chairman of the RYA North-East Region, Steve Gibbon, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sam back to his home waters. We look forward to working with him to drive the development of the sport here in the region so sailing can reach its full potential.”