The Isle of Man Yacht Club is offering anyone interested in becoming a club member an opportunity to put their toe in the water…without even getting wet.
The club is holding a ‘dry’ open day on Sunday April 13th from midday to 4pm when visitors will be able to view boats on dry land (weather permitting) and talk to skippers and crew over a drink and a light lunch.
Cruiser captain Mike Stanton said: ‘This dry open day was inspired by the success of the “wet” open day we held in August last year which showed there was clearly a keen interest among an encouraging number of people to find out more about sailing, be it for leisure or as a pursuit with a more competitive edge.
Sarah Watterson, who attended last year’s open day in August last year, said: ‘I had the impression from the advert that this was a very friendly and welcoming club and my experience over the last nine months has fully supported that. They took time to understand what I wanted and I now have a totally fulfilling hobby with a new group of really interesting friends. I’m loving every minute of it.’
Mike continued: ‘Visitors will be able to talk to club members about cruising, racing and what training opportunities we offer to juniors and adults as well as finding out about the social activities we run. Weather permitting there’ll be a couple of the smaller boats parked on trailers outside the clubhouse so people can have a gentle – and dry – introduction to sailing equipment and learn a little about the practicalities of yachting.
‘The whole idea of this dry open day is to show that sailing as a pastime is not the preserve of the privileged few – it’s accessible to everyone; it’s fun, it’s affordable and a great way to see some of the Isle of Man’s breathtaking coastal scenery from a very different perspective.’
The Isle of Man Yacht Club is at Lime Street, Port St Mary. For more information visit www.iomyc.com or call 472488.