25th Jun, 2017

Hundreds visit Draycote Water to try out sailing for first time

SAILING: DRAYCOTE Sailing Club hosted its annual Open Day on Saturday with more than 350 people taking to water to try sailing and windsurfing.

Big smiles were the order of the day as visitors of all ages came off the water.

Families and young children went out in sailing dinghies to discover the excitement of being on the water and took the chance to helm the boat under the watchful eye of an experienced sailor.

More than 70 people took the chance to get a taste of windsurfing on the land-trainer before eventually having a go on the water.

In total, 35 club members were on hand to tell visitors about sailing while helping them out with the appropriate gear as well as taking them out on the water.

Commodore Jeremy Atkins: “This was our best Open Day ever.

“The smiles on the faces of those taking part show how sailing is a sport that can be enjoyed by a wide range of people.”

More than 50 people signed up on the day for the club’s Get Sailing Introductory lessons and several others took out memberships as well as signing up for RYA training courses.

The Open Day was part of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA)’s nationwide ‘Push the Boat Out’ initiative to get sailing clubs and centres across the country inviting local people to come and ‘have a go’ at sailing and windsurfing.

Draycote Water is an RYA Champion Club, an RYA-approved Training Centre and OnBoard Centre.