Exe Sailing Club entertain some very special people
PUBLISHED: 08:18 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 08:18 04 August 2010
The Exe Sailing Club played host to a group of nine Royal Marines, recovering from injuries sustained on operations in Afghanistan, to a day out on the water.
EXE Sailing Club played host to a very special group of people on Monday of this week, writes Mike Rice.
The Club played host to a group of nine Royal Marines, recovering from injuries sustained on operations in Afghanistan, to a day out on the water.
The Militarymen were members of Termoli Troop of 40 Commando based in Taunton, set up specifically to help those recovering from injury. Geoff Power, the Troop Colour Sergeant, said: “Our aim is help the guys to find their feet and start thinking for themselves again”.
The day came about as a result of the club’s fund raising party back in March, in aid of Help for Heroes and the Royal Marines’ C Group charity.
Lt Col Sharkey Ward, SO1 Training at CTCRM Lympstone and Mrs Audrey Moore, chair of the C Group, were at the party and pledged to get together with the club to organise an activity day for recovering marines.
The day started with a sail up to Turf lock in a fleet of five dinghies and two RIBs.
The conditions could not have been better; warm sunshine, sparkling water and a good force 2-3 breeze from the NW.
Corporals Chris Durkin and James Hammond chose the swiftest of the dinghies, a Laser 2000, under the guidance of instructor Liz Teague.
Both were completely new to dinghy sailing and it was not long before they were in the water, helping to get their inverted boat back the right way up.
This did little to dampen their enthusiasm or slow them down and, before the end of the day’s session, they had the boat flying downwind with the spinnaker up.
After a relaxing lunch break at the Turf Hotel, the group sailed back down river, pausing at the water ski area for a hilarious session of ringo-towing behind one of the RIBs.
Once back on shore it was a quick shower and change of clothes at the CTCRM Water Activity Centre at Exmouth Dock, then off to Exe Sailing Club for a barbecue and an opportunity to meet some club members.
The club hopes this will be the start of a practical relationship with the Royal Marines, brokered and arranged by the C Group, to the benefit of everyone involved.
You can find out more about the C Group and the work they do by visiting their website at www.thecgroup.org whilst to find out more about the Sailing club visit www.exe-sailing-club.org.