Pratical Boat Owner: This weekend marks the start of RYA Push the Boat 2015 with sailing clubs and training centres across the nation offering free and discounted taster opportunities for all to ‘have a go’.
More than 340 venues will be taking part in the national event, providing everyone, regardless of age, background or experience, with the chance to get out on the water and discover the sport of sailing.
The week-long Push the Boat Out 2015 will run from tomorrow, Saturday 9 May, to Saturday 17 May.
All you need for any of the open days or ‘try sailing’ sessions is warm clothing, soft soled shoes and a waterproof if it’s raining. The clubs and centres will provide everything else! Booking may be required for some of the activities.
Jackie Bennetts, RYA club support advisor, said: ‘RYA Push the Boat Out provides a fantastic opportunity to show people just how easy it is to get involved in sailing and windsurfing locally.
‘People think it’s an expensive sport but the reality is you don’t even need to own your own boat! A family of four can be members of a local club for as little as £10-£15 a month and most clubs have boats you can borrow for a morning, afternoon or evening from as little as £3-5 or sometimes free depending on the club or centre.’
Last year 260 clubs and centres in Britain hosted Push the Boat Out events with 17,000 people trying sailing or windsurfing for the first time over one weekend.
For full details about what’s going on near you visit www.rya.org.uk/go/ptbo
The largest outdoor sale of boating items in Europe – in the idyllic grounds of the Beaulieu Estate – is set for Sunday 27 April as Beaulieu will be holding its annual Boatjumble.
Now in its 37th year, this Practical Boat Owner-sponsored event remains a key date in the boating calendar, giving enthusiasts an opportunity to snap up nautical bargains ready for the new sailing season.
Thousands of new and used marine and boating items, spread over 1,000 stands, will be on sale at competitive prices, with big name chandleries creating special show offers.The boatjumble is held in the grounds of the Beaulieu Estate, which is situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Hampshire.In the Boatmall, new boats from leading manufacturers and brokerages are up for sale, plus all the latest products.
See trailerable boats up-close, try on clothing and tinker with up-to-the minute technology.Or head for the Boatmart, which brings together a wide range of used boats, from classics to nearly new and those in need of restoration, which can be viewed before you buy.In the enlarged Trunk Traders area, amateur jumblers can sell their surplus second-hand sailing items from the boot of their car. Trading is brisk, so get there early.
New for 2014
A new feature for this year’s Boatjumble is the Walkabout Auction. This ‘end of show’ chance to buy and sell offers exhibitors an opportunity to sell off surplus items of stock they don’t want to take home with them.For just £2, exhibitors can buy a box to fill with bits (larger items can go alongside), to be auctioned at the end of the afternoon by a guest auctioneer. It’s a simple and easy way of buying or selling those last bits from the show and there are no auction fees to pay.This innovative concept has been tried and tested at Beaulieu’s Spring Autojumble, and has proved to be a popular addition to the event.
Also new for 2014, a Display Arena will showcase special demonstrations, displays and interactive activities for children and adults. Already booked are the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth and the Royal Navy Presentation team. Calshot Activity Centre will be running fun activities throughout the day.
Lots to do
The Classic Motor Boat Association will be putting on their traditional display of members’ classic boats and antique outboard engines. Members will also be on hand to talk to visitors about the activities of the Association, whose aim is to promote affordable preservation and enjoyment of classic runabouts, racing boats and engines through active rallies around the UK. At the entrance to the Boatmall, the Association will also be displaying aviation pioneer and yachtsman, Tommy Sopwith’s powerboat Thunderstreak.
The Practical Boat Owner team will also be in attendance with our Project Boat, Hantu Biru, on display, demonstrating how a boat can be bought, restored and launched on a minimum budget.The on-the-day, all-inclusive admission price of £9.70 for adults and £7.50 for children gives entry not only to the Boatjumble, but also to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction. See the National Motor Museum’s stunning collection of vehicles, On Screen Cars, World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House.
Advance tickets are available to purchase by telephone on 01590 612888 and online at www.beaulieushop.co.uk
Stand prices start at £55 with Boatmart spaces at £30 and Trunk Traders spaces at £32. To book a stand, Trunk Trader or Boatmart space call the events department on 01590 614614, fax 01590 614615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Boatmall and Boatmart are open to visitors at 9am and Boatjumble at 10am. The show closes at 5pm.