SAILING enthusiasts had a splashing time as Lochwinnoch played host to the Scottish Open National Windsurfing Championships.

There was a weekend of fast racing on Castle Semple Loch to enjoy as competitors of all ages donned their lifejackets and waterproofs and took to the water.

Keen photographer Joe Reilly, of Johnstone Community Camera Club, was among those who went along – and was rewarded with the chance to snap many colourful images of youngsters showing off their windsurfing skills.

He told The Gazette: “It was a fantastic weekend to be out.

“The weather was brilliant for this event because we had wind and sunshine, which are ideal both for those on the boards and for those of us who were taking photos.

“There were lots of people at the event but, the next day, the loch was absolutely spotless.

“I was really impressed that the park was treated with such great respect.”

The event was a big hit with windsurfers and those who enjoy stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), much to the delight of organisers.

Robin Nicol, chief instructor at Clyde Windsurfing and SUP Club, is encouraging other people to hit the water if they are looking for a new sport to try.

He said: “The event went very well and everybody seemed to have a really enjoyable time.

“Given the challenges we have with Covid right now, we were pleased with the turnout, especially the youth turnout, which was very high this year.”

For information about how to take part in local surfing activities and events, visit Clyde Windsurfing.