History of our Club

1977 - Present


Dick Fuller/Phil Boocock/Barry Welham-Jones in 1977 and created a Compound for Youth and School organisations to share. 

The groups had their own dinghies and worked as autonomous organisations sharing facilities…………..a storage compound, a tap and a shed for changing! 

From these humble beginnings the Centre has developed into a Youth Group in its own right, with its own fleet of dinghies and canoes.


Countless Volunteers and supportive parents especially during the mid 90’s saw the Centre expand from a motley collection of dinghies as they:

Fetched boats from Bangor University and started our own fleet of Larks

Constructed buildings with the assistance from inmates of our local prison at Ford, and then extended the facilities to include our own loos and extended changing facilities.

Gained charitable status/RYA Recognition, a milestone which now meant the Centre was able to award its own certificates within the RYA schemes and had attained the high standards with regard to instruction and safety required of the RYA.

Earned a reputation both locally and across West Sussex as a well organised safe organisation for youngsters from none sailing and canoeing backgrounds to learn new skills in what has always been considered to be an elitist activity.


Is a critical activity and the Centre has been able to attract major funding from various sources as well as raised significant sums with our own efforts through organizing dances/evening events/quizzes/raffles and a host of small activities through the years:

The Jubilee Trust pump primed the original concept and enabled the farsighted founders to create their vision back in 1977.

Sport England Lottery Fund and Foundation for Sports and Arts have provided through two major awards of grants the ability of the Centre to purchase new fleets of dinghies for the first time during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. We have also had significant help from the Local Network Fund and Awards for All.

Grants and donations on a regular basis from especially our local authorities have to date enabled the Centre to fund minor capital items such as sails, canoes and essential safety equipment.