There’s ‘snow worries’ about getting a free taste for sailing at Midland Sailing Club this month as the club welcomes you try the sport in the warm indoors on Sunday 24 January (1pm to 4.30pm).
Supported by Sport Birmingham and as part of the national ‘This Girl Can’ Sport England campaign to inspire females to get more active, the indoor session at Edgbaston Reservoir-based Midland SC will give newcomers an introduction to what sailing is all about so anyone who thinks they might like to learn the ropes in 2016 can gain the basic knowledge, skills and confidence to get inspired to get afloat this summer.
Last year nearly 90 women and girls braved the early March cold and wet to try sailing and other watersports for the first time as part of 'This Girl Can’, with several new members joining Midland SC off the back of their experience and 10% gaining their RYA Level 1 Start Sailing qualification in the season.
At the end of this Sunday’s session everyone attending will have a knowledge of the benefits of sailing and appropriate clothing to wear, be able to name the parts of a boat and tie knots, rig a dinghy and have practical knowledge of how to steer and manoeuvre a small sailing boat.
Midland SC’s David Homer said: "We want to encourage more women and girls to discover sailing, but on-the-water activity for novices in January might be unpleasant, as both air and water temperatures are low and there is a likelihood of strong winds.
"By having activity indoors, within easy reach of hot drinks and snacks from the Galley, gives people a more pleasant early introduction to the sport, which we hope will inspire them to start sailing in 2016."
On successful completing the session each participant will receive an RYA Start Logbook, the skills learnt providing a sound foundation for tackling an RYA Start Sailing Course later this year. Males are welcome as well as females.Places are limited.
For more information and to book now visit www.midlandsailingclub.org.uk