Sailing club secures lease

Picture caption: Draycote Water Sailing Club's winning lease team: President Harry Sayers, Commodore Andrew Blee, committee member Phil Hunt. ''Credit: Malcolm H Payne.

Picture caption: Draycote Water Sailing Club's winning lease team: President Harry Sayers, Commodore Andrew Blee, committee member Phil Hunt. ''Credit: Malcolm H Payne.

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Draycote Water Sailing Club is celebrating after securing its future with the signing of a new 15 year lease with Severn Trent Water.

The last one expired in 2010, and ensures the club can continue to offer dinghy sailing and windsurfing to well over 1,000 members and visiting sailors.

The club, whose members include 13-year-old world champion Rebecca Lewis, was formed when the reservoir was created in 1970. Commodore Andrew Blee said: “Reaching agreement has been difficult because we have been tied to Severn Trent’s plans to develop the overall site. Now everything is in place not only to allow sailing to continue to flourish, but also for Severn Trent to develop the site for public access.”

The water also hosts Rugby Canoe Club, Rugby Sea Cadets and Rugby School.

Harry Sayers, club president and founder member, said: “Draycote Water Sailing Club has always been about offering accessible sport and a social environment to local people.

With our Royal Yachting Association training school we continue to encourage both new and experienced sailors to enjoy our fantastic sport.”

Richard Clough, site manager at Draycote Water, said: “The reservoir is a valued beauty spot for so many local residents and we are pleased to continue our relationship with Draycote Water Sailing club because we know that the activities they offer are an important attraction.

“Furthermore, we’ve been carrying out improvements to the site to provide an additional car parking for up to 250 cars, better access for pedestrians and vehicles, and a lift to the cafe on the 1st floor, as well as new ground floor toilets.”

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