‘Silver sailing’ is coming to Coventry thanks to a new partnership between Age UK Coventry, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport (CSW) and sailing’s national governing body, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

Anyone aged 50+ of all abilities and experience is invited to get involved in subsidised sailing at Draycote Water Sailing Club starting on Thursday 28 April.

The sessions, from 10am-1pm, include time for refreshments and are initially set to run every week for six weeks.

Dave Montgomery, physical activity development officer for Age UK Coventry, said: ‘These sessions aren’t about being a good sailor, or being 100% physically active, they are about trying something different, getting out of the house, getting outdoors and enjoying what is a very sociable sport.

‘Sailing isn’t a run-of-the-mill activity older people in Coventry would do, they might not have even thought it was possible, but these sessions provide that chance to ignite a new interest. There will be lots of time to enjoy the social side as well as being on the water so whether on your own or with a partner or friends it will be time well spent together.’

Draycote Water SC, situated in the Severn Trent Country Park between Rugby and Southam, is a recognised RYA Training Centre meaning it conforms to the highest standards of quality and safety. The club will supply all equipment sailors will need for the sessions. You just need something warm and waterproof.

Brett Cokayne, RYA disability development officer (Midlands), said: ‘Being outdoors and on the water is fantastic for physical and mental wellbeing, and sailing can be as relaxing or physically demanding as you want to make it. Meanwhile sailing clubhouses lend themselves perfectly to encourage the social integration that only comes from enjoying a shared experience with others.’

For full details of how you can get involved in Age UK Coventry’s ‘Silver Sailing’ at Draycote Water SC call 024 7667 4397 or visit www.draycotewater.co.uk

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