If anyone has fancied trying sailing, but doesn’t know where to start, Blackpool and Fleetwood Yacht Club is giving sailing sessions for free.
It’s all part of their annual open day on Saturday, May 19, and also encompassing the Royal Yachting Association’s ‘Push the Boat Out’ campaign to encourage people to take up boating and sailing.
The event will be based at the club’s sailing centre on the River Wyre Estuary in Thornton, and will start from noon.
Guests will be able to have a look at the various types of boats that are sailed and talk to club members about activities such as learn-to-sail courses, racing and cruising.
From 1.45pm, when the tide comes in, until about 3.45pm, there will be boats out on the water, with instructors on hand to take people for a sail.
For anyone interesting in taking part, the club will provide safety equipment such as buoyancy aids, however people are advised to bring warm, waterproof clothing and an old pair of shoes that they don’t mind getting wet.
Food will be available to buy from the café in the clubhouse, and the event is open to all, however dinghy rides are not suitable for the smallest children.
Spokesperson Adam Chaplin said: “Throughout the year, we organise regular weekend and evening dinghy races on the river at Skippool, as well as races in Morecambe Bay for larger yachts. On several Saturdays in the summer months there are also informal dinghy sailing days for those who just want to have fun on the water.”
During August, the club holds its annual regatta and for the more hardy sailors, there is the Eskimo Pursuit dinghy endurance race which takes place on December 23.
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