On the right tack for sport and social life

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Looking at this picture, is it any wonder Cransley Sailing Club is enjoying an increasing number of members keen to get out on the water?

Describing itself as a small, friendly club with a large number of family members and a growing number of young sailors, membership currently stands at more than 250 people.

Founded in 1967, Cransley sails from March through to November on a 40-acre reservoir in picturesque countryside.

Organised sailing takes place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the season and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the summer.

The club also takes part in several inter-club racing events throughout the year, and social sailing is organised for those who prefer not to race.

Rhiain Bevan, Commodore at the club, first became a member five years ago.

She said: “I have sailed since I was about six.

“We had moved to the area and I was looking for a club. Cransley seemed friendly and it is in a wonderful location.

“You couldn’t ask for a better bunch of people. I have made some really good friends and you always get a friendly welcome.”

At Cransley Reservoir there is a clubhouse with changing rooms, showers and a small kitchen where the club holds social events.

The club is an RYA teaching club that offers a programme of sail training courses aimed specifically at novice or inexperienced sailors.

Cransley has a fleet of club boats that new members may try out, including Bugs, Picos, Toppers and RS Fevas for those as young as eight and Laser Bahias and a Laser for adults.

These boats can be used for a small donation which helps cover insurance and maintenance costs.

For those new to sailing, buoyancy aids, wet suits, boots and spray-tops are also available.

In the summer, club members race three times a week, usually against each other, but they also take part in friendly competitions again other local sailing clubs, such as Hollowell.

Cransley has a strong youth section and they regularly race in the Anglian Water Series where each club will host youth racing.

Rhiain said: “I like the fact it is so peaceful up here. You get on the water and it is like nothing else in the world matters.

“Then, if it’s windy, it can be really challenging and it gets the adrenaline going.”

The club is holding an open day on Sunday, May 6 where people can try their hand at sailing under the supervision of qualified instructors.

Anyone who would like to find out more about sailing at Cransley can also go along to the club any Saturday or Sunday afternoon.