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The National Watersports Festival is taking place at Rutland Water Photo: Tony Wyeth (2403774)
The National Watersports Festival is taking place at Rutland Water Photo: Tony Wyeth (2403774)

Visitors to this weeks National Watersports Festival (NWF) at Rutland will be able to experience dinghy sailing and windsurfing with taster sessions running throughout the weekend, supported by the RYA.

NWF returns to Rutland Water for three days from tomorrow until Sunday celebrating ‘everything watersports’ with stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and diving all on offer along with sailing and windsurfing.

There’s also racing, demos, live music, local food plus camping available on site.

The family friendly sailing and windsurfing taster sessions are open to anyone over the age of eight and no experience is necessary.

Alistair Dickson, RYA director of sport development, said: "The NWF is a fantastic event and we are delighted that, for the first time, it will include dinghy sailing, alongside windsurfing and other great activities.

"We look forward to being there and helping get as many people as possible out on the water."

Allan Cross, NWF organiser, said: "The main aims of the National Watersports Festival are to encourage like-minded watersports enthusiasts of all abilities and ages to have a great time on and off the water in a friendly and safe festival environment."

Meanwhile, for more experienced sailors and windsurfers there is also the chance to have a go at the new foiling phenomenon with free foiling tasters both in boats and on boards.

Two RS Aeros, adapted with foils by Glide Free Design, will be used for the dinghy sessions under expert supervision.

Spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Amanda Van Santen, RYA chief instructor for dinghy and windsurfing, added: "To get the most enjoyment from these fantastic foiling tasters, sailors must feel comfortable sailing a single-hander in a Force 3-4 and windsurfers should be at a level where they are planing in their harness and footsteps."

Junior windsurfers can also take advantage of the popular Team15 Windsurfing Skills Clinics, run by RYA National and Zone squad coach Sam Ross on Sturdy and Sunday.

The ‘Micro Blaster Race’ for under 16s is the perfect opportunity to put the new skills to the test. Find out more here.

If you’re looking to try out a new boat then demos are available with RS Sailing, Fusion Sailboats, Hartley Boats and Laser Performance who will all be at the event showcasing their latest boats.

There’s also the chance to find out more information about the new RYA suite of pilot foiling courses including RYA First Flights, Sustained Flights and Performance Flights.

To book tasters or to get more details visit www.nationalwatersportsfestival.com



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