The Official Opening of the new facilities at Deben Yacht Club took place in the evening of Sunday 10th May. The Mayor of Woodbridge, Geoffrey Holdcroft (who is a long term member of the club) cut the ribbon. The ceremony took place after afternoon sailing finished when a large crowd of about 150 members filled deck of the club to raise their glasses in a toast to all those who helped make this possible. It was followed by a barbecue and music provided by a local jazz band.
The new facilities, which have cost approximately £130,000, include additional toilets and showers and improved access to the crow’s-nest, have been completed with grants from Sport England and Suffolk Coastal District Council among others. The development has been supported by many members generously volunteering their time particularly Jenny Shaw, Club Treasurer who oversaw the grant processes and Simon Shaw who acted as Project Manager.
Enabling more people to be able to sail is one of the conditions of the Sport England grant and the new facilities include an accessible toilet and shower. The Club have recently also been awarded a grant of £10,000 by Sport England to purchase 3 Feva’s bringing the club fleet up to a total of 22 boats. They are available for club members who do not have a boat of their own, which again increases access to sailing. Club Commodore John Adams said, “We are delighted with the new facilities and hope this will encourage more people to take advantage of being able to sail on the beautiful River Deben”.
Details about the club and future events can be found on the DYC website: www.debenyachtclub.co.uk