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London sailing club in fight for survival

The Westminster Boating Base (WBB), a charity founded in 1975 to enable kids of any background to sail, canoe and drive powerboats on the tidal Thames, has been forced to the brink of closure by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the years, the club has taught thousands of young people of diverse backgrounds to sail. Many have found a second family there, or a new direction in life.

The Pimlico clubhouse occupies one of the best addresses in London, so the WBB normally raises funds through venue hire for anything from James Bond movies to weddings and other events. With activity like this frozen, the future of the club is uncertain.

The permanent staff of three are on furlough, but the fixed costs have to be paid and reserves are running out.

The WBB is being run by volunteers and is aiming to raise over £100,000 to fund it until the end of the year.

To learn more, or make a donation, see westminsterboatingbase.co.uk.

Classic Boat editor Steffan Meyric Hughes, who sailed there as a teenager, and featured the club in his book Circle Line, has signed up for a charity half-marathon with WBB watersports instructor Chris Shaw this autumn.

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