Voyage of discovery offered at Draycote

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Draycote Water Sailing Club is extending a summer-long invitation to come and have a go at sailing in supervised taster sessions in club dinghies, as part of an initiative to attract more people of all ages into this fun and exciting sport.

“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,” said club commodore, Phillip Hunt. Taster sessions are being sponsored by Rugby Borough Council.

Members of the public can book a two-hour session on the water with a qualified instructor. The club provides all the necessary equipment; just bring along your own footwear, such as old trainers which you don’t mind getting wet.

The club now has more than 30 boats of its own which are available to members to hire at very reasonable rates. “This is a fantastic resource for people new to sailing who want to join the club but don’t have their own boats,” said Hunt. “It gives them the opportunity to try out different types of boat and get advice from experienced sailors, before deciding which type of boat is for them.”

DWSC runs training courses throughout the year for adults and youngsters, teaching the basic skills needed to be confident to take a boat out unsupervised. The club also runs windsurfer training and has a number of new intermediate boards for use.

Taster sessions will also be available during the Severn Trent Open Day on Saturday April 27 and at the club’s own Open Day on Saturday May 18. Book in advance with training on 01788 814418 or just come down on the day.

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 Hunt.

“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.”

The club’s training courses are accredited by the RYA, sailing’s national governing body, and take participants from beginners up to racing in performance dinghies. It is also a specialist centre for the windsurfing training.

To book taster sessions contact Training on 01788 814418.