sailing clubs and organisations in Berkshire 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
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 Goring Thames Sailing Club, Berkshire
Sail Training Centre and Reading Sailing Club.
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.
Sally Newlove from Reading Sailing
Club reported that they had a great day with 70 people turning up to have a go
at sailing. The club supplied five
double handed dinghies including a Wanderer, Leader, Sports 14 and Bahia, with
experienced club members going along to show the newcomers the ropes. Four Optimist dinghies were also being used
by children under the watchful eye of a senior instructor. Enthusiasts were
also signing up to the club's beginners course, and the club even gained
several new members.
Sally said "As a club we
had a great day, and more than 30 members volunteered their help during the
day. We had a BBQ and combined the event with free teas and cakes to all our
volunteers who have helped over the previous year."
Find out more about Push the Boat Out Day, which
is an annual event.