Many were having a go for the very first time and experiencing the thrill of being on the water on what was a beautiful day with lots of sun and light winds.   

Families brought children between the ages of five and ten to have a go at sailing one of 14 Optimist dinghies on the Model Yacht Pond at the Castle Emplacement, who were helped by experienced sailors in waders in the safe and fun environment. The youngsters enjoyed half an hour or more of thrills and learning.   

Meanwhile older children who came with their families had a go sailing in the other boats on the sea after trying out the pond first. They chose from two Hawk 20s and a number of RS Visions and Laser Picos, giving them a taste of different sized boats. There was also fun to be had at speed on a 5.8m RIB.  A safety boat kept a watchful eye over the activities.  

Visitors also got to have a go on the windsurfing simulator and have a look around the impressive Sailability facilities for special needs sailors.   

One of the organisers, Sarah Creasey, said "It was all very relaxed. Everyone who wasn't on the Model Yacht Pond enjoyed an outing in the sheltered area of Havelet Bay."  She added "We had great feedback from the event with many people enquiring about the summer courses that we run.  We gave out a lot of information and expect to see more bookings coming through in the next few days."   

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