Monday, 23 September 2013
Winning Waves for Morecambe Bay
Morecambe Bay water sports clubs are celebrating after being awarded major funding from Morecambe Town Council to host a Bay Watersports Festival.
Proposed for Summer 2014, the festival will see an array of water-sporting competitions, demonstrations and taster sessions from Morecambe Bay Kite-Surfing Club, Morecambe & Heysham Yacht Club and Lancaster & District Canoe Club, and will see Morecambe Bay shine as one of the town's most celebrated assets.
“We are truly delighted that the proposal has been received so warmly from Morecambe Town Council," said a spokesperson for the club. "All three clubs run on an entirely voluntary basis and we never anticipated just how well the individual club applications would be received to see a major events proposal emerge.
"The festival presents an exciting opportunity to animate Morecambe Bay and its waters for the town, and we would be delighted if other water and outdoors sporting clubs and operators would like to join us as part of their own independently managed activities, under a single festival banner.”
Following the decision made by Morecambe Town Council on Thursday of last week, early event plans are now being progressed.
Morecambe Bay Kite-Surfing Club covers the whole bay area for the the benefit of local riders, the local community and visitors, flying from The Battery at Morecambe West End. To get general and current information, check their club Facebook page.
The Morecambe & Heysham Yacht Club was started in 1936 by local fishermen who liked to race their boats an these down-to-Earth local beginnings are still reflected today in the character of the club. Their membership is open to everyone with an appropriate interest, has always had a very local base and consists of people with a shared enthusiasm for sailing in the Bay, or an interest in other water-sports such as wind-surfing, sub-aqua diving, power-boating or driving jet-skis. You don’t need to own a boat or be an active sailor to join the club, novices and social members are welcome too.
Lancaster and District Canoe Club was founded in 1984 by a small group of canoeists who had discovered other Lancaster paddlers whilst exploring nearby rivers. Run on an entirely voluntary basis, the club has over the years introduced the sport to many local people, several of which are now fully qualified instructors.
For further information on any of the clubs please see baykitesurfing.co.uk / mhyc.co.uk / lancastercanoeclub.org.uk