Sail away at keelboat demo

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Did you used to be a keen sailor before life got in the way? Have the Olympics inspired you to think about digging out your waterproofs and get ting back out on the water?

On Saturday April 20, Draycote Water Sailing Club, near Rugby, is hosting a Keelboat Demo Day to give people who want to rediscover the sport the chance to try something a bit different while giving current dinghy sailors the opportunity to enjoy a taste of bigger boats.

The Keelboat Demo Day is part of Draycote Water SC’s new RYA Go Sailing programme of activities for 2013. RYA Go Sailing is a nationwide initiative from sailing’s national governing body to encourage people who want to return to the sport, or practice recently learnt skills, to take advantage of increased opportunities at their local sailing club, and enjoy instruction and coaching sessions as well as supported sailing and social sailing sessions.

Draycote Water SC’s Go Sailing programme sits alongside the club’s Start Sailing activities, opening the doors for newcomers to discover the sport this year too.

Jeremy Atkins, Draycote Water SC vice-commodore, explains: “Much has been made of the notion of legacy post-Olympics but it’s not just about people trying a sport for the first time, it’s about reigniting a spark in those people who used to love the sport and letting them know that there are convenient ways for them to combine their lifestyle with the sport they love.

“Keelboats aren’t commonly sailed on many inland waters in the Midlands so this Demo Day is a fun way for people to try a boat they may never have sailed before, learn new skills and escape from real life for a few hours. One of the best things about sailing is there is always something new to learn, which really lends itself to a lifetime of enjoyment on the water.”

The Keelboat Demo Day gives people the chance to try the K1 single-handed ‘mini-yacht’ high-performance keelboat and the popular Flying 15 two-person racing keelboat. The event runs from 11am-3pm and sailors can try both types of boat as well as finding out more about what Draycote Water SC has to offer.

The club’s Go Sailing programme this year includes Friday night social sailing sessions, with improver clinics to learn new skills or discover ways to take your sailing in different directions. These sessions started on April 12 with the bar open and BBQ on every week.

Meanwhile newcomers to the sport can try sailing for FREE at Draycote Water SC when the club hosts its annual Family Open Day on Saturday 18 May.

For more information about everything going on at Draycote Water SC this year visit www.draycotewater.co.uk