Three sailing clubs and organisations in Buckinghamshire opened their doors over the last two weekends (13-14 and 20-21 May) to invite the public to have a go at sailing, many for the very first time, and experience the thrill of being on the water.   

Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and other on the water activities were enjoyed by dozens of families and adults at free taster sessions at the venues at Haversham Sailing Club, Emberton Park Sailing Club and Great Moor Sailing Club in Steeple Claydon.    

The clubs reported a great turn out with people of all ages and abilities jumping at the opportunity to get out on the water and discover a new sport.   

Haversham welcomed a staggering 300 visitors to the Lake during the day and the Club staff and volunteers managed to get 210 of them out onto the water.  

Barrie Lyman from the club reported "Our numbers were helped by a three day exhibition that we put on at Milton Keynes Centre."    Families and children got to try out ten of the clubs different boats, including Wayfarers, Toppers, a Xenon, a  Hartley 12.2 and a Hartley 15.

Barrie adds "There's a huge satisfaction to be obtained from seeing the joy on the visitors' faces when they come off the water and there were many highlights being discussed in the bar well into the evening. Many compliments were received." Visitors have now filled all the places in the clubs next sailing courses with more to come.     

Find out more about Push the Boat Out Day, which is an annual event.