The award-winning club was taking part in the Royal Yachting Association's Try Sailing Campaign to encourage more people to take to the water. 

Almost 90 visitors of all ages from throughout the area went afloat at the club to have a taste of what it is like to sail on Cumbria's most beautiful lake.

The visitors, mostly family groups, were taken for a sail by Alan Jones and Dave Woodhead of the North West RYA and UYC instructors Sam Smith and Phil Brooks in boats from Ullswater Sailing School's training fleet. 

The offer of a taster sail for just £5 per person proved to be so popular that registration for the event was over-subscribed and on-line booking was closed a few days before. 

Despite the forecast of rain, there was a steady stream of visitors all day with the family groups able to sail together in the Sailing School's larger boats, two Stratos and a Bahia. The wannabe sailors had an exciting ride on the lake in the fresh wind!

The visitors were briefed about Ullswater Yacht Club and Ullswater Sailing School's programme which includes three full weeks of 'learn to sail' RYA courses which start on Monday, August 7.

"We were really pleased that so many visitors turned up and enjoyed themselves at the club. We had a very busy day and there was lots of interest in what we have to offer here," said the club's Sailing Development Officer Edmund Clarke, who co-ordinated the event.

Ullswater Yacht Club is the winner of two 'Club of the Year 2017' awards - honoured as RYA Club of the Year at the Dinghy Show in London in March and also named the best club in the country by readers of Yachts & Yachting magazine.For more details about courses visit