Welland Yacht Club held their annual open day on Sunday in conjunction with the Royal Yachting Association’s Push The Boat Out scheme to encourage people to try sailing.
With the weather better than forecast several family groups arrived complete with picnic lunches and made a day of it.
People of all age ranges took part in a great day for promoting the club – some for the first time in a boat, others coming back to it after years of absence.
With more experienced club members helming the boats, the general feedback was that the club and stretch of water sailed on were “a hidden gem” and that “the club offered real value for money in terms of membership fees”.
People didn’t appreciate how peaceful sailing can be. This was helped by light breeze, however when a gust came along they soon got an impression of the pace that can be achieved.
The favourable conditions also allowed some of the guests to have a go at helming (steering) the boats themselves.
“The thing that made it for me was one little girl on her first trip out couldn’t wait to get off the boat, then by the time she had had her third trip we couldn’t get her off the boat,” said club member Martin Cook who was one of the helms for the day. “Make it heel over and go faster, she kept on saying!”
The club is a fully RYA certified training centre and runs courses for both sailing and powerboats.
Junior sailing sessions are held most Sundays (9.30am to 11am) costing only £2, taking them through from never been in a boat up to being able to compete in the races later in the day.
With investment last year in training three more adult members to become instructors there are plenty of places available in the sessions, also two of the more advanced juniors attended the four-day course and are now assistant instructors.
To find out more about the club visit the website www.wellandyachtclub.co.uk