20th May 2017
Notts County hosted an action packed Open day as part of the national RYA “Push the Boat -Out” initiative on 20th May.
Over 126 visitors saw the club in action with 50 juniors taking part in confidence building “Saturday Club” showing how 6 year olds can master the delights of sailing Toppers & Optimists support by a wide range of experienced club sailors & parents. The visitors enjoyed their first go on the water in club Stratos’s and cobbles assisted by experienced club helm’s.
The more adventurous experienced windsurfing, initially on a shore based simulator then out on a tandem or sole on a training board. The Youth Race Squad put on a display of fine dinghy handling over the lunch period and later entered the club racing competing against adults in a handicap series. The warm day with moderate breeze was a perfect backdrop for experiencing the joys of sailing or simply enjoying the fabulous Trent valley scenery on a rib ride around the lake. On sale were are great array of cakes for those who just wanted to drink tea and look out at the colourful sporting activity from the safety of the clubhouse balcony.
The event was made possible by club volunteers offering help with information & guidance over the wide range of activities that takes place at the club allowing the public to experience sailing perhaps for the first time. Proceedings were brought to a close just before 4pm as a rain squall came across the water bringing sailors and rescue crew into shore at the close of the day .
A big thank you to all the volunteers who made our visitors welcome and helped facilitate a great Open day promoting the club .
photos from Viv Weston
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