Westminster Boating Base Sail and Kayak Boat Fund

by Westminster Boating Base in London, Greater London, England

Westminster Boating Base Sail and Kayak Boat Fund
We did it
On 17th November 2016 we successfully raised £15,765 with 110 supporters in 28 days

Help us to raise funds for new Olympic class 'Laser' sailing dinghies and several kayaks to replace old and damaged boats.

by Westminster Boating Base in London, Greater London, England

New stretch target

We've super-stretched our target! We're aiming to buy additional sailing boats and kayaks to increase our ability to teach young people and adults on the river Thames. If we make the target figure we can get a second Laser sailing dinghy in addition to the one dinghy and several kayaks that we now have the funds for.


We need to purchase a new Olympic class "Laser" sailing dinghy and 6 kayaks to replace damaged boats and enable us to reach out and teach more people. We are reaching out to the more disadvantaged people in the community and new equipment will make it possible to add additional capacity and value to the sessions we provide. For your donation you'll get an exciting reward of your choosing!

Sailing dinghies

With your help, we'll be able to replace one of our aging and broken "Laser" sailing dinghies which are over 25 years old! They've had so many repairs over the years that they are no longer competitive when we send our team to the London Youth Games and we're down to our last 2 boats that still float and they're hardly tiptop condition! 

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Being an Olympic class design its amazing to be able to sail a boat which you can watch Team GB racing in. They have 3 sail sizes which makes them very versatile for people of all sizes and abilities and whilst they are fast boats, they are also reasonably forgiving.

A new boat or two will give our young people a progression pathway, furthering their personal skills and creating opportunities for instructor development and to start sail boat racing competitively at events like the London Youth Games should they so choose. 

Kayaks / Canoes

We also need to purchase a handful of new general purpose kayaks and paddles to bolster our rather dilapidated fleet of boats and enable us to teach more young people to paddle, furthering our charitable mission. Our kayaks get very heavy use and although they are generally fairly robust, now and again they get broken beyond repair.

Our outreach programme to the more disadvantaged people in the community is primarily based around getting them out on the water in kayaks. New craft will enable us to increase participation in the programme alongside our regular activities.

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What do the boats cost?

A new Laser dinghy is around £4500, kayaks come in at around £600 each. We need to hit and exceed our initial target of £3800 if we're to get everything we want. All of the funds raised through this campaign will be spent on new equipment.

Our goal is to raise enough to buy the dinghy and the kayaks - around £8000 total.  If we reach our stretch target of £12500, we'll be able to add a second Laser dinghy - but we don't get anything unless we hit our initial target so please help us.

Don't forget to Gift Aid your pledge if you're a UK taxpayer. As a charity we can claim an extra 25p in the pound back from the tax man since you've already paid tax.

Why should you help us?

As a charity, completely independent of the council or any unconditional local government funding, we have to raise the money to keep the doors open to young people who we only charge a token £10 per year for youth membership which opens the door to our 5 day a week core activities. Perhaps your child has sailed or kayaked with us and you'd like to give a bit extra?

We raise two thirds of our income via our venue and through adult watersports. The remaining third is raised through actively seeking donations from individuals and corporate sponsorship, applying for grants and any other ways we can think of to get the money in.

There's a chance our fund will get topped up too!

This is our first attempt at crowdfunding and we are doing it in conjunction with London Sport and this Crowdfunder website. Ten charities have been chosen and it's an all-or-nothing fund so we've got to hit our target! If we do, not only do we get the new sail boat and kayaks but we're also in with a one in ten chance of receiving an award from London Sport and Crowdfunder - potentially worth a further £2500 on top of what we raise!

What's in it for you?

Not only will you feel all warm inside from the knowledge that you've done a great service to the community, but if you're a user of WBB, you'll be able to take advantage of the new equipment too.

But not only that! We've also got lots of awesome rewards available for your pledge so help us to hit our target and make it happen for all our members, users and potential users!

For more on Youth Membership and all the sessions and activities included, click HERE

For more on Powerboat Driving, click HERE

For more on Go Kayaking Canoeing sessions, click HERE

For more on Go Sailing sessions, click HERE

For more on Adult Season tickets click HERE

Our awesome T-shirts here (sizes available are Small, Medium, Large and X-Large - until stock runs out):

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Yak Paddle mitts:

Typhoon Long-john wetsuits:

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Fitness for watersports session

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A 3 hour land-based session with Chris Shaw of Uberfit personal training covering nutrition, flexibility, core stability and balance improvement. A personalised session which you will reap the rewards of when you're out on the water. Maximum of 4 in the group. www.uber-fit.co.uk

Zero to Hero Instructor Training reward

Pledge: £1500

A training scheme for one of the following sports: dinghy sailing, kayaking and canoeing and powerboating - suitable for someone over the age of 16 years teaching personal skills from beginner to instructor level and providing NGB qualifications. The course will start in April 2017 and conclude end of September 2017. The more you put in, the more you get out.

Sessions provided will be from our 2017 weekly session schedule.

WBB will provide:

  • One personal skills tuition session per week
  • One instructor training session per week
  • All personal skills certificates (level 1 and 2 ) and others that are pre-requisite for the instructor course
  • RYA or British Canoeing Instructor course

Current Designs Solstice GT sea kayak

(secondhand, virtually new condition)

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thanks! We'll add your name to our supporters webpage.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

We'll give you a free annual youth membership gift certificate for the season starting April 2017 which provides 5 day a week access to sailing and kayaking.

£15 or more

5 of 8 claimed

£15 Reward

A pair of Yak paddle mitts to keep your hands toasty warm whilst paddling through the winter (must be collected).

£25 or more

7 of 25 claimed

£25 Reward

You can come and collect an awesome WBB t-shirt and we'll add your name to our supporters webpage!

£30 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£30 Reward

A 3hr 'Fitness for Watersports' land-based group session with Chris Shaw of Uberfit personal training. Work off the excesses of Christmas! Session will be held 10am-1pm Sunday 8th January 2017. Max 4 people in the group.

£40 or more

£40 Reward

Sign the sail, get a shout on Twitter and Facebook - and we'll list you on our website too.

£45 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£45 Reward

A Typhoon long-john 3mm wetsuit suitable for kayaking through the winter. All sizes available. Collection only

£50 or more

7 of 12 claimed

£50 Reward

A gift certificate for a Go Kayaking taster session in April 2017 and collect a free t-shirt too.

£50 or more

12 of 12 claimed

£50 Reward

A gift certificate for a Go Sailing taster session in April 2017 - and collect a t-shirt too!

£75 or more

£75 Reward

Your signature on the sail, a T-shirt and we'll give you a shout on twitter and facebook too.

£80 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£80 Reward

A gift certificate for a British Canoeing One Star (novice) kayaking course during our 2017 summer season. Dates subject to availability.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Your signature on the sail, a shout on Twitter and Facebook, a t-shirt and a mention on our website too

£100 or more

1 of 6 claimed

£100 Reward

Put 50% of your pledge into our fund to subsidise watersports trips away from home for urban youngsters. The remaining 50% will spent on equipment - sailing boats and kayaks.

£150 or more

11 of 12 claimed

£150 Reward

A 2 hour powerboat driving lesson (gift certificate), collect an awesome WBB t-shirt and get a mention on our website. Must be redeemed by end of March 2017. Dates subject to availability.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£250 Reward

Make the Chief Instructor, Kevin Burke, walk the plank! Collect a t-shirt and get a thanks on social and our website - not to mention the undying admiration of all our instructors!

£320 or more

4 of 3 claimed

£320 Reward

An RYA Powerboat level 2 (ICC) course over 2 days plus a mention on our website. Must be redeemed by end of March 2017. Dates subject to availability.

£320 or more

4 of 3 claimed

£320 Reward

An RYA Powerboat level 2 (ICC) course over 2 days plus a mention on our website. Must be redeemed by end of March 2017. Dates subject to availability.

£450 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£450 Reward

Name one of the kayaks that we will purchase with this fund.

£550 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£550 Reward

Get a sea kayak! Secondhand Current Designs Solstice GT. Fibreglass and virtually unused. A couple of small chips from storage which have been repaired properly. Includes bilge pump and foot rudder. Inspection welcome. Collection only. See project description for photograph. Storage at WBB not available.

£750 or more

1 of 2 claimed

£750 Reward

A lifetime season ticket for people over 24 years old providing access to our weekly session schedule for either kayaking or dinghy sailing. Session availability subject to minimum ability as advertised in the schedule.

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Zero to Hero Instructor Training course in either Sailing, Kayak/Canoe or Powerboating. April to September 2017. See project description for details.

£1,500 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Zero to Hero Instructor Training course in either Sailing, Kayak/Canoe or Powerboating. April to September 2017. See project description for details.

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Name the second Laser dinghy that we buy with this fund, sign the sail and get an honorable mention on our website.

£1,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Give a bursary to a keen youth member to complete the instructor training during the April to September 2017 season for either kayaking/canoeing, sailing or powerboating. WBB will publicly or privately award your gift to the most deserving youth member who has reached an elementary level in a sport and shows promise. You can choose to have it named after yourself or your company and present it personally if you wish.

£1,500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£1,500 Reward

Name the boat, sign the sail and get an honorable mention on our website. A good choice for a company.

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