An open day at Paxton Lakes Sailing Club on Saturday welcomed people of all ages who were able to take to the water and try out the sport.

The club opened its doors to the public during the Push the Boat Out event, which saw more than 40 familes, many of whom had not sailed before, take to the water.

The Royal Yatching Association event is aimed at improving the nation’s health and encouraging more people on the water.

“You don’t have to get sweaty in the gym as an hour or two in a dinghy can raise heart rate, tone thighs, torso and arms,” said Roger Churchill, commodore of Paxton Lakes Sailing Club.

“The Push the Boat Out event was a great successs as it encourages members of the public to sail with a competent club member. We are a RYA Regional Sail Training Centre and the next sailing course commences on May 30,” added Mr Churchill.