Following a bequest by a Member of the Club, the late Sir Michael Cobham, the Club set up the Royal Southern Yacht Club Trust with the aim of enabling and encouraging sailing activities for all. Currently the principle means of achieving this is to provide grants for individuals and organisations where the need has been demonstrated.
The Trustees meet twice a year to determine which applications for grants the Trust is to support. They are tending to favour more local applicants. In the past year grants have been awarded to organisations including the Hamble Sea Scouts, the Southampton and the Warsash Sea Cadets, YMCA Fairthorne Manor and Fairbridge Solent.
Amongst the individuals who have received grants are several young people aiming for national and international championships via the RYA's schemes, and others starting their sailing through training courses and on Tall Ships.
Amongst disable people who have received a grant is Geoff Holt; Geoff completed his 'personal Atlantic' in which he sailed from the Canaries to the Caribbean as part of his work demonstrating that disability need not be a barrier to achieving something positive in life.
The Trustees are delighted at the sailing successes of many of those who have received grants.