Try your hand at sailing as Sunderland Yacht Club offers taster sessions

Competitors preparing for the national championships of the Phantom Class dinghy sailing event which was hosted by Sundeland Yacht Club over the weekend.

Competitors preparing for the national championships of the Phantom Class dinghy sailing event which was hosted by Sundeland Yacht Club over the weekend.

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Learn how to sail the open seas at a taster day.

The Sunderland Yacht Club is throwing open its doors today from 10.30am to 3.30pm for members of the public.

Competitors preparing for the national championships of the Phantom Class dinghy sailing event which was hosted by Sundeland Yacht Club over the weekend.

Competitors preparing for the national championships of the Phantom Class dinghy sailing event which was hosted by Sundeland Yacht Club over the weekend.

Visitors will be taken out on either a sailing dinghy or a sailing yacht for a short trip to sea.

Alan Dixon, the club’s commodore, said: “Our Open days are now an annual event and allow anyone with an interest to try sailing as a sport, and we hope that all our visitors on the day will enjoy our sport as much as we do.”

Sunderland is recognised as one of the earliest centres of sailing with the Wear Yacht Club formed in 1856.

It changed its name to Sunderland Yacht Club in 1912.

Competitors preparing for the national championships of the Phantom Class dinghy sailing event which was hosted by Sundeland Yacht Club over the weekend.

Competitors preparing for the national championships of the Phantom Class dinghy sailing event which was hosted by Sundeland Yacht Club over the weekend.

As the North Dock in Roker was redeveloped at the end of the last century, the club was rebuilt with the aid of funding from Tyne & Wear Development Corporation and the Lottery.

The club is a Royal Yachting Association training centre, and offers training courses throughout the year for club members along with regular coaching.

Sunderland Yacht Club’s cruising yachts sail locally between all the North East ports on a regular basis, but some travel as far as the Shetlands or the Netherlands.

Cruisers race largely within Seaburn bay during the summer.

This year, the club will be hosting two prestigious sailing events.

The Javelin Class European Championships in July will be followed in September by the Laser Class World Championship Qualifier event.

l Today’s taster sessions, which last for around an hour and a half, are open to anyone over six-years-old and can be pre-booked on Tel. 0775 44192 306.