Calling all shipmates to Brancaster Sailing Club open day

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Push the boat out this May by joining the crew at Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club as they throw open the doors for the second annual Open Day.

For those who have always wanted to try their hand at sailing or would love to get back out on the water, this free event gives the perfect opportunity to try out your skills.

Taking place on Saturday, May 10, from 1.30pm, the event welcomes everyone to take part in the Royal Yachting Association’s Push The Boat Out initiative which sees clubs and marinas the length of the country opening their doors to their local communities.

Mark Foley, who leads sailing development at the club and who organised last year’s event, said: “Why do people take up sailing? If they get a chance to go for a sail, most people find they love it. To learn to sail and pursue it, they need to join a club.

“Norfolk is a fantastic place for sailing – there are 60 miles of coastline plus the Broads and rivers. The county is full of great sailing clubs and excellent sailing schools.”

He added: “Sailing is a sport you can do all your life and you’ll have lots of fun and meet many new friends along the way. Brancaster Harbour is a safe and beautiful place to start, and you never know, we may discover the next Sir Ben Ainslie in Norfolk.”

For those who catch the sailing bug this year, the Club has also teamed up with local sailing school, Norfolketc, who are offering discounts on some of their courses to those who attend the open day.

Last year’s event saw more than 40 people braving the chilly day to try sailing at Brancaster Staithe, with cruisers, day boats and dinghies out in full force.

Mark added: “The club really enjoyed doing it and introducing new people to the joy of sailing.”

Among the guests were Marentia De Villiers and Lynne Butters, who spotted the event in The Lynn News and had tried the sport once before at Snettisham Beach. Both wanted to try again on the open sea at Brancaster and took the opportunity at last year’s event.

Nearly 12 months on the pair are both club members and have become good friends, they now own a Mirror Dinghy together and are looking forward to welcoming budding sailors at this year’s event.

Lynne said: “If you have any interest in sailing or merely having a go then it is a great place to start. It is a place of outstanding beauty with lots of friendly people to point you in the right direction.”

Sailing at this year’s event will start from 1.30pm if the tide is as forecasted. High tide is at 4pm, so there is no guarantee of sailing after this time.

The bar will be open throughout the day, giving visitors the chance to speak to members of the club.

Make sure you book places in advance to guarantee a chance to sail – contact Mark on 07833332055 or to reserve a place. No experience is necessary and sailors of all ages are welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.