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.