Guests take a dip on windy day’s sailing

Club member Neal Tack takes young visitors for a sail. SG100515-108TW

Club member Neal Tack takes young visitors for a sail. SG100515-108TW

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Rookie sailors had a whale of a time at Welland Yacht Club’s Push the Boat Out open day on Sunday, although a couple of them ended up in the drink.

Club commodore Martin Cook said 45 to 50 people turned up to try their hand at sailing and another 30 to 40 people were there to watch.

Experienced sailor Emma Agar shows how you right a capsize. SG100515-113TW

Experienced sailor Emma Agar shows how you right a capsize. SG100515-113TW

He said: “It was a lovely sight, really. The clubhouse was full, the bank was full, the sun was shining and the wind was blowing.

“We probably would have liked less wind.

“One or two of our guests did go for little swims – we did have one or two capsizes but they seemed to be smiling when we fished them out.”

The family day was a big success and there have been inquiries from participants about joining the club.

Club members and guests enjoyed a wonderful day's sailing. SG100515-106TW

Club members and guests enjoyed a wonderful day's sailing. SG100515-106TW

The club has always had an open day, but it now coincides with the national Push the Boat Out festival which embraces around 260 clubs which give people the chance to enjoy the water in a sailing boat or on a windsurfing board.

Will Cook with a young passenger. SG100515-110TW

Will Cook with a young passenger. SG100515-110TW