WORTHING can look forward to a bright future as a centre for watersports, thanks to the completion of the town’s new £1million sailing club headquarters.
That is the view of Worthing mayor, Bob Smytherman, who was at the official handover of the keys for the new building in Sea Place, Goring.
The keys for the state-of-the-art club-house were handed to Commodore John Cooper by builders Kier Homes.
Mr Cooper said: “Kier Homes really has gone above and beyond our expectations with the provision of this tremendous new club-house – thank you to all those who made it possible. This facility will not only put Worthing at the forefront of British sailing but will be an asset to the whole town.”
The mayor added: “This building represents a great opportunity for the whole town which can now look forward to a bright future as a centre for watersports.”
The state-of-the-art clubhouse replaces the 1970s building on land acquired by Kier Homes from Worthing Borough Council for the development of new beachfront apartments at The Waterfront, Sea Place.
The apartments, pictured below from the sky, are due for completion next year.
The clubhouse was designed to echo the coastal style of the apartments.
It includes a new entertaining area with balconies, while boats can be securely stored beneath the building. The new location will eliminate the hauling of equipment between sites on a daily basis – meaning more time on the water for all.
The building will also allow the club to apply for accredited trainer status from the Royal Yachting Association, considered the gold standard in sailing across the globe.
Nick Moore, deputy managing director of Kier Homes, said: “Having been years in the planning, it is a great pleasure to provide Worthing Sailing Club with a new, purpose-built facility next to our fabulous residential scheme.
“We are very proud to hand over the keys to the new club which we hope will inspire the next generation to take up sailing, enjoy the coast and really make the most of Worthing. I wish the club every success in their new HQ.”