Thornton Steward Sailing Club is hosting its annual club open day

Thornton Steward Sailing Club is hosting its annual ‘push the boat’ out club open day for those interested in trying out the sport of sailing.
Sailing enthusiasts are invited to the open day on Sunday 15th May between 12 noon and 4pm which will be held at Thornton Steward reservoir, owned by Yorkshire Water.

This year there will also be the possibility to get on the water in the club’s new Coaching Safety Boat, acquired with the help of a generous grant from Sport England.

Ken Gibson, the Membership Secretary at Thornton Steward Sailing Club, said: “People often see sailing boats out on the water and dream of having a go but never do because they don't know how to get started.

“We're hoping our open day will help people overcome those first few obstacles and perhaps encourage one or two to take their first steps into a thoroughly rewarding sport. Sailing is something the whole family can enjoy together and we would be delighted to see a few new faces at the club."
Thornton Steward is not only an ideal location for recreational sailing but also hosts competitions for sailors of all abilities. A family week is held in August, when members are encouraged to camp out on the banks of the reservoir at night and enjoy the water during the day.

Yorkshire Water’s reservoirs are home to more than 40 other clubs and societies which use them for sailing, boating, canoeing, windsurfing, angling and model engineering - and we're keen to see them thrive and enjoy access to the water.

"Most people generally associate Yorkshire Water with drinking water or the sewerage system," said Alastair Harvey, Recreation Advisor.

"However, recreational and land management are as much part of our daily function as supplying water or disposing of sewage and one of our long-term aims is to encourage more people to make the most of all the opportunities we offer and wish the club the very best on Sunday."

At the open day, Club members will be doing their best to help visitors take to the water themselves but, as the facilities for guests are limited, it may be dependent on demand. Experienced sailors will also be more than happy to talk through the do’s and don'ts of getting started, the likely costs and the facilities offered by the club.