A CAMPAIGN to encourage more people to try sailing and windsurfing will launch events across the region.

The national 'Push the Boat Out' campaign, operated by the Royal Yachting has chosen six North-East venues.

Open days will be held in Kielder, Alnmouth, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Morpeth and Consett.

Sam Usher of the Royal Yachting Association said: “There has never been a better time to get active afloat.

"With so much focus on physical and mental wellbeing, being on the water gives all ages a chance to get away from screen time and the stresses of modern life to have fun with friends or family and enjoy being out in the fresh air."

Michelle Gent programme manager at the association said: "Whether you’re a complete beginner or a former sailor or windsurfer looking to get back on the water, find out what’s going on in your local area and get involved."

Kit and safety equipment is expected to be provided at all events.

For more information on individual venue times and dates visit rya.org.uk/ptbo.