As one of the oldest sailing clubs in the country, the Teign Corinthian Yacht Club’s popularity has increased year on year, since it was formed in 1883. The club has grown to include and offer many new water sports for more than 550 local users. These now include dinghy sailing, kayaking, canoeing, wind and kite surfing as well as rowing.
A wooden hut became the club house for the Teign Corinthian Yacht Club back in 1946 and although replaced by another hut in 1970, had continued to serve as the home for the yacht club until it was finally demolished in 2020.
The 1970s hut provided a clubroom/classroom with changing rooms and toilets opening off. However, its small area provided little in the way of social facilities, privacy or adequate changing facilities for its ever-increasing and diverse user numbers. Since 2011 the club had also seen a 40% increase in female participation across all the water sports on offer, putting added pressure on the hut and its changing facilities. The lack of suitable female facilities was leading to a loss of new female participants.
With the support of a LEADER (South Devon Coastal Local Action Group) grant of just over £56,000, the club has since been able to go ahead with plans to build a new two storey club house, providing the necessary upgraded facilities required. It now provides:
- 76 changing spaces
- Improved shower and toilet facilities
- A separate classroom for shore-based instruction
- Disabled access and facilities
- Heating and insulation – giving separation of wet and dry areas
- A clubhouse with coffee bar
This project under the terms of LEADER Priority 4 – namely the provision of rural services and ensuring communities and businesses work together – has been able to create 2.5 rural jobs, has given access to a facility that will assist the improvement of physical, mental and social well-being within the local community, has helped create a sense of local identity and has also increased user numbers even further from 550 to 650.