With the Olympics just weeks away and interest Team GB’s sailors building, Draycote Water Sailing Club is holding an open day to encourage potential sailors of all ages to have a go at sailing or windsurfing.
Running from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, visitors will be able to look around the sailing club, talk to members about the joys of sailing and windsurfing and also have a chance to go out for a sail with one of the club’s members.
Club Commodore, Phillip Hunt said: “Team GB’s sailors are expected to be among the medals again at this year’s Olympics so we expect a lot of public interest in sailing.
“We invite everyone to come and see for themselves what a great sport sailing is and be inspired to take up a sport they can enjoy for years to come.”
The club already has about 700 active sailing members, ranging in age from seven to over 70.
But they are still keen to attract new members.
Mr Hunt added: “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.
“Sailing is also a great sport for youngsters, enabling them to learn new skills and make friends while getting lots of exercise and fresh air.”
All the necessary gear to go out sailing will be provided by the club on Saturday.
Anyone wishing to go out on the water should just bring along their own footwear, such as old trainers which they don’t mind getting wet.
The Open Day is being sponsored by Rugby Borough Council and is part of the RYA Sail for Gold’s London 2012 initiative to celebrate Britain’s Olympic sailing heritage and inspire more people to get out on the water more regularly.
A range of on-shore activities for children are also being planned, including face-painting and fun competitions.
Draycote Water Sailing Club is based at Severn Trent’s country park between Dunchurch and Southam and is open with safety boat cover every day of the year except Christmas Day.
For general enquiries please call (01788) 811153 or visit the Club website http://www.draycotewater.co.uk/
n The Club’s training partner, Onboard Surf and Sail, located in the club building, provides a range of training courses accredited by the RYA, sailing’s national governing body, 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 or visit http://www.onboardsurfandsail.co.uk/ index.php