MEMBERS of a sailing club are on the crest of a wave after a £200,000 boost.
Anglian Water has spent the cash improving pontoons and slipways at Rutland Sailing Club in Edith Weston as part of the water company’s three-year lagoons project.
Two pontoons, which allow sailors access to and from the water, have been extended and there is also a new pontoon.
Four slipways have also been doubled in length, meaning even more people can launch and sail at the club.
Chief executive of the Royal Yachting Association Sarah Treseder visited the club to officially open the pontoons and slipways.
She also spent the morning sailing with members of Rutland Sailability and joined in with Rutland Sailing Club’s competitive racing in the evening.
Other guests at the opening ceremony included Clive Harward from Anglian Water, Rutland county councillor Chris Parsons and Howard Nelson, chairman of the Royal Yachting Association East Midlands.
Rutland Sailing Club commodore Peter Ashworth said he was delighted with the facilities, which double the club’s berthing capacity so it can accommodate even more sailing activity.
Mr Ashworth said the pontoons meant the club would be able to run even more events. They will also be available for use by members of Rutland Sailability, which makes sailing accessible to disabled people.
He said: “I can’t believe there are many other inland clubs in the country that now have better waterside and launching facilities than Rutland Sailing Club.
“The pontoon and slipway extensions will enable the club to continue to keep sailing at all envisaged water levels.”
Mr Ashworth said the club, which has about 1,500 members, was grateful to Anglian Water and Rutland County Council for their work to bring the project to fruition and to the contractors Carillion for carrying out the work.
As part of Anglian Water’s £115m project, it created a new water treatments works at Wing and nine new lagoons. This is so the company can extract more water from the reservoir to meet future demand while still protecting the wildlife.
For more information about the club visit www.rutlandsc.co.uk.