Free sailing on offer at open days

Saturday, 22nd March 2014

Opportunities to try your hand at sailing are on offer in two open days.

Have you ever fancied having a go at sailing but not sure where to start?  Thanks to Tamworth Sailing Club and Shustoke Sailing Club having their open days in April you can now have a go, for FREE!

Tamworth Sailing Club is inviting you and your family to come and enjoy a FREE taste of sailing as the club celebrates the landmark opening of its brand new £45,000 training facilities on Saturday 5 April.

Tamworth Sailing Club open day

Image Courtesy of Tamworth Sailing Club

The new training room and storage facilities, funded in part by a £35,280 grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities programme, will play a huge part in Tamworth SC being able to offer even more local people more opportunities to get into sailing.

The free sailing tasters take place from 10am to 3pm, all-comers being taken afloat by experienced instructors and sailors, with the official opening of the new facilities at 11am.

Tamworth SC is an RYA Training Centre meaning it conforms to the highest standards of safety and quality, and it will be running an ever wider variety of sailing courses to suit all ages and experience levels to take advantage of the new facilities this year.

Debbie Pearce, Tamworth SC Commodore, explains:  “The club plans to increase the number of training courses we offer each year and also to invite more community involvement, from local groups, schools etc. We want to build on being on RYA OnBoard club too by getting more youngsters learning to sail and sailing regularly.

“The new training room, improved storage for our training equipment and workshop area were crucial in enabling us to comfortably cater for more people at the same time, while also providing first class facilities to make sure our boats, equipment and sailors are looked after as best as we possibly can.

“Sailing is still often perceived as an expensive sport, but a family can come and sail with us for just over £3 a week. We’re very keen to encourage increased take up in sailing and try to make the sport as enjoyable and accessible as possible for all.”

All anyone wishing to take advantage of the free tasters will need is warm clothes, old trainers, and a towel, the club will supply everything else you need and refreshments will be available.

Meanwhile Tamworth’s adult RYA Start Sailing course gets underway on 14 May, with another course scheduled for September. RYA Start Sailing introduces people to the basics and give them the best first experience in the sport, while also providing opportunities for them to then stay involved and keep improving their skills at friendly, welcoming sailing clubs.

The new training room and storage and workshop facilities total around 100sqm and from initial planning to final build took about two years to complete. Located within Kingsbury Water Park, the buildings are designed to withstand flooding, which the park is prone to from time to time.

For full details on everything going on at Tamworth SC this year and how you can get involved visit www.tamworthsc.co.uk or contact hugh.nethercot@gmail.com

Free sailing taster sessions are on offer at an open day at Shustoke Reservoir on April 12.

Shustoke Sailing Club invites you and your family to come and try sailing for FREE at the club’s first Open Day of the season on Saturday 12 April (11am to 4pm).

This is the first of THREE free sailing days that this family friendly, inclusive club based on Shustoke Reservoir near Coleshill is running this summer, and there is something for everyone, regardless of age, experience or ability.

Shustoke Sailing Club

Image Courtesy of Shustoke Sailing Club

Get a first taste of sailing with one of the club’s experienced members or enjoy getting to grips with one of the club’s own boats – weather permitting – and sample the social side of what life at Shustoke SC can offer. Just bring along a change of clothes, some old trainers and waterproofs and the club will supply everything else you need. Refreshments will be available.

The next Open Day takes place on Saturday 17 May, as part of national RYA Push The Boat Out weekend, and the final event is on Saturday 2 August.

RYA Push the Boat Out weekend is a nationwide event that will see hundreds of sailing clubs across the country opening their gates for local people to come and ‘have a go’ at sailing with an experienced hand.

John Wilkin, Shustoke SC’s Training Officer, said: “It’s our aim for absolutely anyone to be able to learn to sail and regularly go sailing if they want to. We do this by creating low cost options, having boats which members can use to practice, keep costs down and creating an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, if you already want to learn to sail this year, and get involved in a fantastic, social outdoor sport where everyday life really does get left on the shore, Shustoke is running a number of adult and junior RYA Start Sailing Courses this summer. The first adult learn-to-sail course starts on Saturday 26 April with further courses scheduled for May/June, August and September/October.

RYA Start Sailing introduces people to the basics and gives them the best first experience in the sport, while also providing opportunities for them to then stay involved and keep improving their skills at welcoming, inclusive sailing clubs.

Shustoke SC is a recognised RYA Training Centre meaning it conforms to the highest standards of quality and safety.

For full details of everything going on at Shustoke SC this year, and how you can get involved, visit www.shustokesailingclub.co.uk