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