Thanks to everyone involved in this year’s RYA Push the Boat Out. Thousands of people of all ages and abilities took to the water at 380 events across the country.

Rio 2016 Gold Medallist Saskia Clark kicked off the event at her home county of Essex. She said: “Push the Boat Out is all about people turning up, jumping in a boat and trying out a new awesome sport.

“It’s fantastic to see so many people, many who have never tried sailing before, getting a taste of life at their local club and having a really good experience on the water”.

Bringing it to life

Scaling Damn SC in the North Yorkshire Moors welcomed over 200 visitors to their club resulting in 15 new memberships and 21 courses booked on the day. Jon Pearson, Hon Secretary said: “It was tremendous seeing the club such a hive of activity and to have such a wide range of club members volunteering their time to make the day such a success”.

One visitor who went out on the water at Earlswood Lakes SC in the Midlands said: “Sailing was amazing! My advice to anybody would be to do it if you get the chance. It’s not as expensive as I thought it was and I’ve just signed up to do a course. I can’t wait to get back on the water.”

Thank you to everyone who completed the PTBO survey- we are currently evaluating your feedback in order to make sure PTBO 2018 will be even better. Date to be announced soon.

More news and information about Push the Boat Out can be found at http://www.rya.org.uk/go/PTBO