Everyone gets chance of free fun on the water

CALM Sailing to the quayside are Anastasia Green, 15, left and Freya Grant, 13. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (131569-455)
CALM Sailing to the quayside are Anastasia Green, 15, left and Freya Grant, 13. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (131569-455)
From left, Jacob Kennard, Gavin Moon, Ian Doyle and Sarah Talboys-Smith with Shanon Rees and Rodney Watson at the front
 at the Southsea Village in Palmerston Road Picture: Habibur Rahman

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SCORES of people took to the water to make the most of a free sailing taster day.

The GoWaterSport Festival was the brainchild of sailor Abby Thomson, from Gosport, who wanted to promote the 20 miles around the peninsula as ideal for taking to the water.

She organised a day of free events which allowed people who had never sailed before a chance to see if they would like to take it up.

It was so successful Councillor John Beavis, Mayor of Gosport, wants to see it back again next year.

He said: ‘It was absolutely superb to see all the young people being given the opportunity to get out on the water in a safe way. It was just fabulous.

‘Even the clippers were taking people out for rides down to one of the forts and back again.

‘Someone said to me they would never have had the opportunity to do this before.

‘And it was all free of charge. It was a real community day and I think Abby Thomson deserves a medal.

‘I would love to see this happen every year, it was so good.’

The event was a joint venture between local sailing clubs, Sea Cadets, sail training organisations and marine sector businesses to encourage the community to get involved with sailing.