New Kids Boats

by Sam Heaton in Bideford, Devon, United Kingdom

Total raised £5,676

raised so far

+ est. £1246.00 Gift Aid



Our training boats are becoming unsafe, we are looking to replace them along with a more reliable safety boat.

by Sam Heaton in Bideford, Devon, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 11th May 2023 we'd raised £6,096 with 70 supporters in 69 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Who are we?

NDYC is a sailing and watersports club located on the North Devon coast.  The club operates as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) which means we are a not for profit organisation.

We are owned and run by our members and we rely on volunteers for everything from manning the safety boats, helping behind the bar to scraping the mud off our launching slipway.








Community Impact

We really pride ourselves on operating a fun and safe place for families to enjoy being on the water together.

Our club trains over 150 new youth sailors a year and we prioritise local children and support underprivileged families.  

We also run taster days from the local schools for free.



The Effects of COVID-19

During Covid the club was closed for 2 years, with training and racing not able to operate safely.  The training programmes normally feed the club with new members every year.  By not having this it has dwindled the active and participating members.  The club also developed a stigma of being closed off and not a welcoming place.

We have really had to work hard to encourage new members into the club and make it a welcoming place which people want to spend their time.    Since we have actively changed the perception of the club we have seen participation rocket.  People have jumped at the chance of learning to sail.

The largest growing part of the club is currently adult sailors who have joined and taken up the sport.  We have fun sailing sessions where we give extra support to sailors who have recently passed their RYA qualifications and want to get more time on the water.  We discuss the weather conditions, the tide and just give them a bit more support to build their confidence.

This we hope in time will feed through the next generation of club racers and coaches.


Sailing Pathway

We  operate a sailing pathway to encourage members to progress as far as they feel comfortable with.  

The below infographic details more about our pathway:


National Events

The club hosts nation events for biggest fleets which are single handed monohul called a Blaze and single handed catamarans called Sprint 15s.  




The new generation, one of which will become the next national champion.  Below is Fraser Manning a NDYC member and 2 x national champion.  Fraser is now passing on his skills and is one of our race coaches and instructor.


Why are we crowdfunding?

We have an old fleet of club boats which are degrading over Covid and some are on the verge of becoming unsafe and will be decommissioned and  replaced.  



We want to add in 3 new lasers which can be used for both training and borrowed for club racing or national events round the country.

The new safety boat is required to:

  • Help teach young kids.
  • Support our newly reformed youth squad which is now rapidly expanding. 
  • Assist with community sailing with local schools provided free by the club.

How we’ll spend the money raised

We are going to buy 3 new Lasers with a spare set of sails for each: 


A new small safety boat with a 20HP outboard engine.


3 x Laser @ £4,600  = £13,800

Rigiflex 400 costs = £4,250

20 HP Yamaha engine = £3,250

Total Cost = £21,300

How you can help?

There are four simple ways to help us reach our target and make this project a reality.

1. Make a pledge. Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to success!

2. Spread the word. Share our project on your social media pages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get.

3. Offer rewards. Get involved if you are a local business by donating things we can offer to our supporters. We will give you a shout out!

4. Local Connections:  If you know of any local grants which you think we might be able to apply to please apply to the grants and try to get them involved.  

Please can you donate what you can and we will put your funds to train the next olympian or maybe just help some kids to mess about on the water!

THANK YOU for helping us support young people during this challenging time!



This project offered rewards

£8 or more

Quiz Entry

Enter Our Quiz Night. Normal cost is £10 per head support our crowdfunder and get discounted entry

£10 or more

Local grown hand-tied bouquet of flowers

Treat yourself or a loved one to a large hand tied bouquet of locally grown flowers from Franks Orchard at Lower Cleave. This year we are growing a fabulous seasonal selection of flowers - nearly all very pollinator friendly - as part of our rewilding project. Your bouquet will be available on a date of your choice - select the month you'd like it below. Collect from Franks Orchard, Lower Cleave or we may be able to deliver locally

£20 or more

Social Membership

Come and enjoy the facilities of the club house for 2023. We have a fantastic view, friendly atmosphere great food and drink at affordable prices.

£25 or more

Baseball Cap

Buy one of our club baseball caps which are embroidered with the club logo.

£75 or more

Sailing Experience Day

Come a have a days sailing on the water in a choice of vessels. Choose from haveing a sail arround the bay on a yacht, crew on a high speed catamaran in one of our club races or have a days sailing on a dingy.

£150 or more

Rent the Club House

Rent our club house for an afternoon or evening party. We will put on a barman for the event and you can use our kitchen facilities also. Just check availability with the club secretary for the date.

£500 or more

Name a club boat

Add your company logo or just come up with a fun name to one of our club boats.

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