Fun on the water as marina holds open day

Daily Echo: From left, Denis Hamlin, Helen Glynn and James Wright at the MDL Ocean Village Marina open day. From left, Denis Hamlin, Helen Glynn and James Wright at the MDL Ocean Village Marina open day.

THERE was plenty of messing around on boats as novice sailors took to the water for a charity open day.

Families flocked to Southampton when the MDL Ocean Village Marina opened its facilities for people to try.

More than 50 visitors tried their hand in a selection of crafts ranging from a 10m RIB speedboat to a stunning 50ft Fairline Phantom motor cruiser.

They held on tight for jet-ski demonstrations and yachting lessons during Try a Boat classes provided by Solent Boat Training.

There was also on-shore maintenance, sea safety and first aid demonstrations at the event in aid of the Ocean Youth Trust South.

Coastal pursuits principal Matthew Burton said: “We have been trying to encourage people to get out and about on the water and that sailing some big boats isn’t as scary as it looks."

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