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Burwain Sailing Club Open Day - come and try your hand at sailing
Sun 14 May 2017, 12:00 – 16:00 BST
We are holding an Open Day so that you can enjoy a short sail in one of our double-handed dinghys and find out all about joining our family-friendly club and learning how to sail. An experienced sailor will take you for a sail around the lake lasting for about 20-30 minutes. This may involve steering the boat, trimming the sails and helping to keep the boat balanced. And during your visit you can look around our purpose-built club house and meet members of the club who will be on hand to talk to you about training opportunities and membership. Drinks and food will be available from the galley.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This event is open to children and adults. There is a minimum age of 8 years old for children. All children must be accompanied by a parent or carer for the duration of the event to supervise their children whilst ashore.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring warm clothing to wear in the boat and a change of clothing/footwear in case you get wet. We will provide a buoyancy aid for you to wear in the boat. Remember it would be a bad idea to take expensive phones out on the water because they could get damaged.
How much does the event cost?
This is a free event. If you wish to learn how to sail then a RYA level 1&2 courses costs £120. These courses are significantly cheaper if you are a member of the club and this costs from £85 per year for children, £185 for adults or £245 for family membership.
Do I need to be able to swim?
This is not a requirement because buoyancy aids must be worn by all participants at all times whilst on a boat or on the jetty. We will do our best not to capsize during the taster session, but there will be safety boats on standby just in case. However, if you want to take up sailing after your taster session then some confidence in and around water is helpful. Learning to sail includes learning how to right a boat after a capsize so if you join the club then you will eventually get wet as part of the training.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The sailing club's car park will be available for non-members taking part in the taster session. The sailing club is within walking/cycling distance of Colne or Foulridge.
Is Burwain Sailing Club qualified to teach sailing?
Yes, we are accredited by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) as a training centre to deliver sailing training under the RYA's National and Youth training schemes. This event is being organised as part of the RYA's Push the Boat Out week to introduce new comers to sailing.
Sailing is dependent on the strength of the wind. If there is absolutely no wind we cannot sail for obvious reasons and the open day may have to be postponed. Again if the wind is very strong then, for safety reasons, the open day may also have to be postponed.
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