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Club member Aga Czartolomna (left) with open day visitors
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Instructor Tim Colshaw with open day visitors
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Youth instructor Alison Norbury (front left) with visitors


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Some 100 people of all ages and experience descended on Gailey Reservoir for South Staffordshire Sailing Club's 2012 Sail for Gold Open Day on Saturday (14 April).

Many of those who attended the Open Day enjoyed a free sail on the reservoir with one of South Staffs SC experienced instructors while some of those people who were looking to rediscover the sport after a period away from it took the opportunity to find out more about what South Staffs SC can offer for improvers or more advanced sailors.

South Staffs SC was voted Britain's best sailing club by the sport's national governing body, the RYA, last year and are looking to build on that reputation by getting even more people sailing more often in this Olympic year.

Mark Nicholls, club commodore, said: "We were delighted to see everyone that made the effort to come along and hope to see many of them again soon. We had several people who had never tried the sport before sign up for learn to sail courses with us later in the summer and lots of follow up enquiries from people who took information away on the day. We even had one family take out a family membership with us there and then.

"We would also love to hear from anyone who wasn't able to attend our Open Day but is still interested in getting involved in sailing. Have a look at our website or contact the club to see how we may be able to give you a taste of what we can offer on and off the water."

South Staffs SC are enthusiastic participants in the RYA's nationwide London 2012 initiative, Sail for Gold, celebrating Britain's unmatched Olympic sailing heritage and inspiring more people to get out on the water more regularly. Throughout the year, the club are running special events under the Sail for Gold banner to bring the buzz of the Olympics as close as home to possible for everyone, wherever they live.

For more information about South Staffs Sailing Club visit or contact

To find out how about other sailing and windsurfing opportunities throughout the rest of the region visit

PHOTOGRAPHS: Mark Nichols 

Neil Hawkins - 20th April 2012

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