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UK South Coast: Prince Michael unveils new facilities at Beaulieu

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 25, 2012 09:11 PM

Published: 2012-04-25 21:11:52
Countries: United Kingdom

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HRH Prince Michael of Kent officially opened new and enhanced sailing facilities installed by the Royal Southampton Yacht Club to benefit young and disabled sailors and visiting yachtsmen at its Gins Clubhouse by the Beaulieu River in Hampshire.

The pontoon has been doubled in length and a floating ramp installed which will benefit all yachtsmen arriving at the Club by water and significantly improve launching and landing arrangements for young and disabled sailors.

The project is the culmination of several years planning to enhance sailing facilities on the River for Club members and visiting yachtsmen, as well as providing specially geared amenities for the young and disabled. It involved negotiations with Lord Montagu’s Beaulieu Estates, the River authorities, local planners and Natural England to preserve the river’s ecology and delicate balance within the New Forest National Park.

The improvements represent an investment of £23,000 and have been funded by the Club and its members who enthusiastically supported the extension, many of whom became affectionately known as “plankers’’ having bought individual planks used in construction of the extension.

The extra length to the pontoon enables more boats to moor alongside, providing walk ashore benefits for sailors. The Club also maintains a bosun service to ferry yachtsmen and their families or crew to boats moored on the river. Because of its location, the clubhouse is a popular venue for visiting sailors from many other Solent region clubs.