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Essex Outdoors boat naming competition

24 May 2017

Essex County Council’s Essex Outdoors recently launched a competition for pupils at primary schools and academies asking for their help to name one of three new Dufour Drakkar yachts. The three boats will be based at the Essex Outdoors Bradwell centre and will be used by children, young people and adults for water based activities and sailing courses. 
The competition opened on 8 May and closes on 16 June. During this time pupils have the chance to enter the competition with a suggested name for one of the boats. From the entries, three winners will be selected and will win a sailing trip for themselves, five classmates and a teacher.  
Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education said: “I’m delighted to see a fun competition that seeks to involve children and give them the opportunity to be part of something as memorable as naming one of the new boats. 
Essex Outdoors is highly regarded by parents and teachers alike and is very popular with children. To succeed in the Outdoor Education market and continue to do so we must invest and expand our offering; the new boats are just one example of how we are doing this. Continued investment and development of the service will allow us to serve a wider section of the outdoor activity market and generate more income to invest back in to front line council services”. 
Richard Boughey, Interim Director for EES for Schools said ‘We are really looking forward to sharing the launch of the new boats with pupils from across Essex and can’t wait to see the suggested names put forward. The prize is really special and should be a great day out for the winners and their guests giving them the chance to experience something new. The sailing trip will take them along the Blackwater Estuary on the newly named yachts themselves. They’ll navigate around Osea Island, testing their new-found sailing skills as they race against the other yachts then back to the centre for a celebratory BBQ lunch”.
The Essex Outdoors Bradwell Centre offers a unique coastal location based on the river Blackwater Estuary on the east coast of Essex. Recognised as a leading provider of sailing, yachting and water sport activities, the centre offers high-quality residential and day-based outdoor education, from climbing and archery to canoeing and powerboating.
Schools and Academies can download the entry form online and email their entries to schools@essexoutdoors.com