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Our Schools Programme is now up and running again in the majority of our 19 schools and it’s a joy to see the children outdoors and back on the water after the long months of lockdown. And don’t they just love it?

A parent from St Mawes School told us her son so enjoyed the 1:1 sailing lessons organised during the pandemic that he’s decided to save all his pocket money to buy himself his own boat: £200 saved so far.

A child at Veryan Church of England Primary School said: “Tuesday is the best day of the week because we go sailing. Sailing is such good fun.” 

Sometimes children are smitten before they’ve even left the shore. After his first sailing lesson, which had to be held on land due to very windy conditions, another child said: “I know we haven’t done anything yet, but that was awesome!”  Apparently, he now wants to join the Sea Scouts.

Thank you to our corporate sponsors Classic Cottages and Rodda’s for their donations to the Schools Programme this year.

Rodda’s – Keepers of the Cream since 1890 – need no introduction. We’re delighted with their donation, which will support the sailing programme at Restormel Learning Academy.

One of the foremost holiday businesses in the South West, Classic Cottages pride themselves on being particularly choosy when it comes to finding cottages, carrying out regular inspections to make sure everything is above and beyond customers’ expectations.

Classic Cottages is supporting St Mawes School. Managing Director Anthony Skitt said: “Our business and our visitors benefit from all that Cornwall has to offer and we are delighted to put something back into the community. Enabling Cornish children to learn to sail is a perfect way of doing that.”

So thank you Classic Cottages and Rodda’s and thank you, too, to our many generous private sponsors who wish to remain anonymous.