Banbury SC is throwing open the doors of its new £135,000 clubhouse and inviting you and your family to try sailing for free on Saturday (2 September) between 2pm-4pm.
Almost 80 people from some 30 families took advantage of the chance to give sailing a go at the club's first 2017 Open Day, as part of the RYA Push The Boat Out national 'try sailing' festival, in May.
Now, with the new clubhouse, which was opened in June, providing even better facilities for more people to learn the ropes at Banbury, anyone of all ages and experience is welcome to come along and get out on Boddington Reservoir at the club's latest 'try sailing' day.
Boddington is set to be a hive of activity on that day as not only will the Open Day visitors be taken out on the water, but the county trials to represent Northamptonshire at the National School Sailing Association (NSSA) Single Handed Team Racing Championships, being hosted at Banbury SC in October, will also be taking place.
Around 100 young sailors from across the UK are expected to converge on Boddington to represent their counties at the national championships on 7-8 October, the first time the event has ever been staged at Banbury SC.
Rob Ward, Banbury SC Commodore, admits it was an honour to have been chosen as hosts. He said: "One of the aims of the clubhouse extension was for Banbury to be recognised as a welcoming, quality training and event venue, on and off the water.
"Doubling the amount of changing room space we have in the new clubhouse means we can host racing and training events for more people, while the refurbished main room makes it a really social, relaxed place to have a drink and chat, whether you've just come off water from racing or you're a newcomer getting a feel for club life.
"It was great to have 40 visiting boats at Banbury for Solo and Merlin Rocket class Open Meetings earlier this summer, now the NSSA Single Handed Team Racing Championships takes things up another level in terms of attracting national championship events."
Banbury SC is a recognised RYA Training Centre, meaning it conforms to the highest standards of quality and safety. All you need for the Open Day is some comfortable clothes and old trainers you don't mind getting wet and, weather depending, a waterproof and/or sunscreen. Buoyancy aids and all equipment will be provided.
For around £3 a week, Banbury SC members can enjoy near unrestricted chances to sail at the club seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, and free use of the club's sailing boats so you don't need to own your own to get started.
NSSA competitions are some of the biggest, most inclusive and prestigious regattas in the country, which serve as achievable milestones for young sailors who take part.
The Single Handed Team Racing Championships sees teams of three sailors, each in a one-person boat, go head-to-head in tests of skill, tactics and teamwork to out-think and outmanoeuvre their opponents. Each county can enter up to two teams of three and more than 200 races are expected to be contested over that weekend.
To find out how you can get on the water at Banbury SC check out www.banburysailing.org.uk
and for more information about the NSSA and its events visit www.nssa.org.uk