WEYMOUTH Sailing Club have announced that 30 new members have signed up to the club following the RYA’s Push The Boat Out initiative.

With blue skies and a gentle breeze, club members took to the water in keelboats, squibs and dinghies.

Some chose to ride in the club RIB or hitched a lift on the club’s committee boat Viking III.

The more adventurous enjoyed sailing on high-performance boats under spinnaker, whilst some just took photos.

Afterwards, the new members got to know committee members and boat owners over a plate of hot food prepared and cooked by the club’s chef at the Nothe Parade HQ.

From the first week of July, Weymouth Sailing Club will run regular Friday evening club nights for new and existing members where the emphasis will be on having a fun sail followed by a social get-together.

They will get the chance not only to experience sailing but also to learn new skills.

The club’s youth section also meets up on Friday evenings and is very much family-orientated.

Parents have been qualified to drive the safety boats whilst the children enjoy sailing in the club’s dinghies.

Cruiser class captain, Gary Owens, said: “We had a great evening of sailing taster sessions. Conditions were ideal and I was very pleased with the turnout.

“There was a wide mix of people and I think we showed that sailing is for all, from youths to retirees.”

Membership is open all year round with sailing at the club right up until Boxing Day.

For more details see wsc.org.uk/how-to-join