Yacht club opens in Chipping Norton

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Sailing enthusiasts have set up a yacht club in an Oxfordshire town, almost 100 miles from the coast.

Chipping Norton Yacht Club has been formed to give sailors a chance to socialise without having to travel to coastal areas.

Organisers say there is a "surprisingly keen interest" in the sport in the town.

The club is aiming to affiliate to the Royal Yachting Association for events and training courses.

Prospective commodore Trevor Taylor said not having any major inland sailing facilities nearby was no barrier to forming a club.

He said: "We're on a hill so this is the last place you'd expect to find a yacht club - unless the polar ice caps melt and Chipping Norton's market square becomes a harbour."

He said up to 100 people had expressed an interest in joining the club, which is aimed at holiday sailors as well as more serious participants in the sport.

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