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Try Sailing at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club

September 13, 2016

Seventy four people got out on the water as Bassenthwaite Sailing Club hosted the latest Try Sailing event on Saturday. Conditions were light but with just enough wind to provide a gentle taster of sailing on a sunny day in Cumbria. Some of those who went out even had a second go.

A total of 81 visited the club during the day and at one point there was a queue to enquire about membership. Several signed up and paid straight away while others wanted to join via the website and pay vis the web collect system.

Training Officer Alex Leonard said: "The day was a fantastic success and our special offer of pay now for 2017 and get the rest of the current season free was very popular.

"The club provides a range of RYA approved sailing courses, in our modern fleet of dinghies, and the training is free to members." There will be an Adult Level 1 and Junior Stage 1 course on 24-25 September with the possibility of others being organised for October.

The club has regular social events throughout the year and hosts many sailing events for different classes of dinghy. Hundreds of sailors turn up for the annual Bass Week held in early August.

The taster sessions are supported by the RYA. Adam McGovern, RYA Regional Development Officer for the North West said: “It was an ideal time to try the sport, soon after the release of the film Swallows and Amazons and with the inspiration of the two gold and one silver medals for the British Sailing Team at the Rio Olympics.”

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club is a recognised RYA Training Centre meaning it conforms to the highest standards of quality and safety. It is based at the westerly end of the lake, just off the A66.  You can find out more about the club on their website: