Saturday 11/Sunday 12 May saw a number of events take place, with hundreds of visitors flocking to Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire for their first experience of sailing.

Norfolk Broads Yacht Club, close to Norwich, welcomed 90 visitors to the Club, who enjoyed sails in the Club keelboats and dinghies before being able to watch the racing taking place. Similarly, Hickling Broad Sailing Club saw a good turnout of families attending the event and joining the Club, taking prospective members out on the Broad in near perfect conditions. Alan Boughton from the Club said: “We had a fantastic time, lots of families turned up and went for sailing and powerboat rides on the Broad, many whom had never been to the Club before”. Snettisham Beach Sailing Club and Hunstanton Sailing Club based on the North Norfolk Coast also saw good events to introduce people to sailing. Chapman Sands Sailing Club based on Canvey Island’s event attracted new members to the Club, whilst Cam Sailing Club & Cambridge Motor Boat Club held a joint event on the River Cam. North Herts & East Beds Sailing Club managed to get over 40 people on the water in glorious conditions, whilst Stewartby Water Sports Centre saw a busy day on the water.

Events this weekend include:

Norfolk:

  • Blakeney Sailing Club (Sat 18/Sun 19 May)
  • Coldham Hall Sailing Club (Sun 19 May)
  • Hickling Windsurfing Club (Sat 18 May)
  • Norfolk Punt Club (Sat 18 May)
  • Whitlingham Adventure (Sun 19 May)

Suffolk:

  • Aldeburgh Yacht Club (Sun 19 May)
  • Oulton Broad Water Sports Centre/Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club/Waveney Sailability (Sat 18/Sun 19 May)
  • Pin Mill Sailing Club (Sat 18 May)

Essex:

  • Colne Yacht Club (Sun 19 May)
  • Gunfleet Sailing Club (Sat 18 May)
  • Maylandsea Bay Sailing Club (Sat 18 May)
  • Royal Corinthian Yacht Club (Sun 19 May)
  • Stour Sailing Club (Sat 18 May)
  • Up River Yacht Club (Sun 19 May)
  • Wivenhoe Sailing Club (Sat 18 May)
  • Walton & Frinton Yacht Club (Sat 18 May)

Cambridgeshire:

  • Paxton Lakes Sailing Club (Sat 18 May)

Hertfordshire:

  • Hertford County Yacht Club (Sat 18 May)
  • Rickmansworth Sailing Club (Sun 19 May)