There was a slight drop in visitor numbers at some venues as the weather was less attractive than last year on equivalent days, but the quality of interest seemed higher with good levels of sign-ups for learn to sail courses.
Dovestone Sailing Club took 86 people out on the water and they have had to make plans to put on extra RYA Level 1 and 2 Start Sailing courses in addition to their original training programme. Organiser Andy Goddafd said "I think given the demand we are going to have to slot in a couple of extra course weekends and think of some way of expanding our youth squad offering."
Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club had 50 visitors, resulting in 18 new memberships. Commodore Mike Barnes commented: "Actual attendance was broadly similar to last year but the poor morning weather forecast seems to have not put off the people who are actually interested in taking up the sport."
At Ullswater Yacht Club, 54 visitors went afloat during their afternoon event. “We had a really busy day and it was a great success. It was good to see so many visitors enjoying themselves at the club,” said the club’s Sailing Development Officer Edmund Clarke, who co-ordinated the event.
West Lancashire Yacht Club signed up nine households for memberships on the day as they ran 101 taster sails.Crosby SC joined forces with Crosby Scouts and Guides Marina Club, Liverpool YC and Sefton Sea Cadets who are all hosted within Crosby Lakeside Centre. The were about 350 visitors to the watersports side and just under 90 people out in a variety of craft from Toppers to a disability-inclusive Devon Gig.
The various clubs split youths to Scouts and Guides and adults and families to Crosby SC and Liverpool YC. Twenty youths took membership forms for Scouts and Guides, 35 membership forms were taken for Crosby SC, and the next learn to sail course is already filled.
Ribble Cruising Club attracted 31 people to their evening taster at Fairhaven Lake, Lytham and open evenings during May added another 20 taster sails.
Numbers at Etherow Country Park Sailing Club were slightly down for the PTBO at 37 but the overall take-up of Start Sailing was bigger than the previous year.
Numbers at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club were slightly down at just under 30 with gusty conditions on the lake. RYA NW Sailing Development Officer Alan Jones took out family members of adult racers, who had previously not sailed but wanted to try sailing themselves.
Despite foul weather conditions, more than 20 youngesters turned up at Wallasey Yacht Club to go out for an evening taster on New Brighton Marine Lake.