Despite cold and windy conditions, more than 150 visitors went out on the water in various craft during Draycote Water Sailing Club’s Open Day last Saturday.
Visitors of all ages enjoyed short taster sessions on the club’s sailing boats, while others went out under supervision in canoes and windsurfers. The club’s committee boat was also busy throughout the day making motor trips around the reservoir.
“The day was a great success,” said Jeremy Atkins, club vice commodore, “and a number of people have joined the club as a result of seeing what a great sport sailing is. It really is a sport for all ages.”
The Open Day was part of sailing’s national governing body, the 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 Sailing Club is situated in the Severn Trent Country Park between Rugby and Southam and is open with safety boat cover every day of the year except Christmas Day.
The club has about 600 active sailing members, ranging in age from seven to over 70. But the club is still keen to attract new members. “There are so many different types of sailing dinghy out there, there is sure to be one to suit every age and physical ability, whether you just want to potter around on a Saturday afternoon or take part in racing in modern performance dinghies,” said Atkins.
The Club provides a range of training courses accredited by the RYA, to take participants from beginners up to racing in performance dinghies. It is also a specialist centre for the windsurfing training. To book courses, contact 01788 814418.
For general enquiries please contact 01788 811153 or visit the Club website http://www.draycotewater.co.uk/