Three 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 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 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.