The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth hosted its second annual “Push The Boat Out Day” on Saturday.

More than 70 visitors attended the event, which was held in glorious sunshine for the majority of the day.

Attendees included Sarah Newton MP and a group of French visitors including the Mayor and President from Audierne in Brittany that twins with Penryn.

The open day allowed visitors to experience dinghy and yacht sailing, or just enjoy a trip around the harbour. There was also a ‘man overboard’ demonstration, which showed people how to respond if they found themselves in the water.

There was also the opportunity for attendees to chat with club members and find out more about the club’s facilities.

Club Commodore Bob Collings said: “We organised this event to try and encourage the youngsters to come down because I, and the rest of the club, feel that the youngsters are the future and the more we can encourage them to come to the club to go out sailing will benefit the club in the future.

“Although we are a royal club, it is open to everyone. It is not just the super-rich. There are more social members than there are the sailing people, and that is because as people get older they sell their yachts but they’re still interested in the sea.”

Activities on offer at the club include a Saturday sailing session for youngsters, as well as a “meandering” session on Thursdays when non-members can join members out on their boats for the day, ideal for those who cannot afford their own boat but would like to go sailing.

On the social side of things the club offers a restaurant, walks and talks, and regular quiz nights, while Tuesday and Friday evening race nights are for those who want a more competitive sailing experience.

Restronguet Sailing Club and Mylor Yacht Club are holding their own “Push The Boat Out Days” this weekend. Restronguet’s is on Saturday while Mylor’s takes place on Sunday.