Youngsters get on board for sailing sessions

Ahoy there: Youngsters taking part in a sailing session at Hartlepool Marina with Micky Early.
Ahoy there: Youngsters taking part in a sailing session at Hartlepool Marina with Micky Early.

YOUNGSTERS had a splashing time when they tried their hand at sailing in the waters of Hartlepool Marina.

Children and young people aged between eight and 16 got on board for the sessions during their Easter school holidays.

ALL ABOARD: Thumbs-up from this youngster.

ALL ABOARD: Thumbs-up from this youngster.

They were held on Tuesday and yesterday at Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club and run by Hartlepool Borough Council’s Sport and Physical Activity Team.

The sailing sessions were part of the Feel Good in Hartlepool scheme, a three-year National Lottery-funded initiative aimed at increasing sport take up and fitness levels across the town.

They were led by Micky Early, one of four sports activators appointed as part of the Feel Good in Hartlepool scheme.

The young people learned how to control a small dinghy before taking to the water to have a go at sailing it themselves under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor.

SAFETY TALK: Micky Early prepares the youngsters before they take to the water.

SAFETY TALK: Micky Early prepares the youngsters before they take to the water.

The Feel Good in Hartlepool scheme is receiving £192,727 of National Lottery funding through Sport England over three years to boost participation in triathlon, sailing, mutli-sport and dance.

SAILING AWAY: at Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club.

SAILING AWAY: at Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club.

AHOY THERE!: Tillie Bowes (left) and Noah Bowes.

AHOY THERE!: Tillie Bowes (left) and Noah Bowes.

SET TO SAIL: Micky Early with Will Craggs (left) and Baker Noble before the start of the session at Hartlepool Marina.

SET TO SAIL: Micky Early with Will Craggs (left) and Baker Noble before the start of the session at Hartlepool Marina.