Arun sailors don’t need a new boat – they need a new tractor

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Members of Arun Youth Aqua Centre (AYAC) are working hard to raise the last £10,000 needed to replace their crumbling 40-year-old tractor.

Volunteers at the charity, based next to The Wave sports complex in Littlehampton, have launched a crowdfunding appeal to reach as many people as possible to buy a replacement.

Their tractor, now at the end of its working life, is used to tow the centre's safety boats from the AYAC Jubilee Compound to the water’s edge and back up the beach at the end of each sailing session.

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Without a tractor, the one-tonne powerboats used to provide critical safety support for the children sailing off the coast cannot provide the cover necessary.

The Arun centre youngsters are busy fundraising for a new tractor | Picture: submittedThe Arun centre youngsters are busy fundraising for a new tractor | Picture: submitted
The Arun centre youngsters are busy fundraising for a new tractor | Picture: submitted

Centre chair Jason Brockhurst said: "We've nursed the tractor for many years but it isn't going to last much longer.

"We desperately need a safe and reliable tractor to enable us to keep our young sailors safe and deliver the sessions we dearly want to."

AYAC was formed in 1977 to provide sailing opportunities for children who may not otherwise have the chance to experience the sport, despite living in a seaside town.

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Most children who attend the centre for Sunday morning and Wednesday evening sessions come from the town.

The centre is an RYA Recognised Training Centre, introducing and teaching young sailors from eight to 18.

Volunteer Andy Wilson, from Littlehampton, who set up the fund, added: "After many years of service the tractor has to retire due to the exposure to sea water.

Any donation however large or small will help us to continue to make a difference to children's lives."

You can help keep AYAC afloat by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-to-replace-our-boat-launching-tractor

Alternatively, you can find out more about the centre at https://ayac.org.uk/

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