RYA Push the Boat Out 2017 to be bigger than ever

18th April 2017
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Energise Me

Are you looking for a new way to get outdoors and active or find something you can enjoy together with the family? If the answer is yes, you can try sailing for free in May when sailing venues across the county will be giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get out on the water and discover a new sport with RYA Push the Boat Out.

The nationwide event returns for nine days this year from 13-21 May and will see thousands of people having a go at sailing and windsurfing at free and low cost taster sessions at a venue near you including; Calshot Sailing Club, Eling SC, Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC), St Deny’s Sailing and Rowing Club, Spinnaker SC Ringwood, Keyhaven YC, Lymington Town SC, Hurst Castle SC, Hill Head, SC, Lee on the Solent SC, Mengeham Rythe SC, Portchester SC, Portsmouth Watersports Centre, Locks SC, Thorney Island SC, Tudor SC, Portsmouth Sail Training Trust and Bacchus Yachting & Sea School.

A variety of different dinghies will be available for taster sessions, and at some clubs you can have a go on kayaks, RIBs and cruising yachts, with experienced helms and club members on hand to show you the ropes.  Plenty of other attractions will also be on offer, as well as teas and refreshments, and even food from the barbecue.

To find out the detailed itinerary at each club and the date of their Push the Boat Out Day visit www.rya.org.uk/ptbo for more information.

Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, explains “During the two weekends and five weekdays, more sailing clubs and centres than ever before will be showcasing what the sport has to offer, from the freedom of being on the water to the social buzz, the thrill of racing and the fact that there really is something for everyone.”

He adds “Sailing is such an accessible sport and many people aren’t aware of the opportunities available close to them or how affordable the sport can be, even for the whole family. Push the Boat Out is all about making that connection and we’re delighted to have so many venues taking part this year”.

Over 90,000 people have experienced sailing at Push the Boat Out events since 2013 with hundreds becoming members of sailing clubs and signing up for courses.

Saskia Clark, Rio 2016 Gold medallist said: “I got into sailing through my local sailing club so it’s fantastic to see so many people given the opportunity to discover what the sport’s all about right on their doorstep. If you want to inspire your non-sailing friends and family to giving sailing and windsurfing a go, make sure you put Push the Boat Out in the diary”.

You can find all events, venues and dates plus more information at www.rya.org.uk/go/PTBO.  If you’d like to find out more about how to get out on the water and start your sailing adventure visit http://www.rya.org.uk/go/startboating

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