Windsurf board donation will 'develop talent'

A donation of windsurf boards to Guernsey Sailing Trust could help develop local talent, according to the trust's chief instructor.

The Set Sail Trust is behind the £2,800 gift of seven full windsurfing kits designed to be used by younger people.

Its aim is to give underprivileged members of the community and schoolchildren a chance to discover the island's maritime heritage.

Richard Klein said: "These sails are ideal for the kids to progress on."

'Physical challenge'

He said: "They can learn a little bit more about windsurfing and possibly progress to the Island Games and even the Olympics.

"In the past we've had kit kindly donated to us by all the windsurfing fraternity of Guernsey, but generally it's old wave sails that are quite heavy and not ideal for kids."

"It's a physical challenge but you're using the elements to enjoy yourself, you've got the sea, you've got the wind, you're using your surfing skills but you're also using your sailing skills at the same time and it is a great fun sport."

The sailing trust's windsurfing project has been running for five years, but this year it has expanded to include an after-school windsurfing club.

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