Sports event

Upcoming free youth watersports event at Haslar Marina in Gosport

The non-profit initiative, #boatgen, will be run by Boatfolk and the Andrew Simpson Foundation – who provide sailing opportunities for young people, at Haslar Marina on July 16.

As part of the national series of #boatgen days, children and young adults are encouraged to sign up to get a taste of being on the water, learn new skills and experience the benefits of boating and water sports.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Haslar Marina slipway and is aimed at anyone between the ages of 8 and 21.

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Marina Haslar, Haslar Road, Gosport. Photo: Sarah standing (030220-6665)

There will be a shore barbecue, nautical themed games and competitions held throughout the day as well as a range of participation opportunities for those who attend such as taster sessions on dinghies, canoes and kayaks.

The event is expected to be the largest yet, with a capacity of 200 attendees.

Dominic Zammit, director of boatfolk, said: “#boatgen days have proven to be extremely popular so far and we are looking forward to our biggest and best event yet. We’re excited to be able to provide more opportunities for young people to get started, whether they’re already in love with the water or just want to try something new.

Saturday 13th June 2015, Gosport Marine Festival, Haslar Marina, Gosport, Hants.

Andrew Simpson Yachting will provide a mix of dinghies and ribs for initiation sessions on the water, while the local RNLI station will offer demonstrations and discussions on maritime safety.