Banbury Cross Sailing Club will be giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get out on the water and discover a new sport on 13th May with RYA Push the Boat Out.   

The nationwide event returns this year and will see thousands of people having a go at sailing and windsurfing at free taster sessions across the UK. Banbury Cross SC event invites everyone to come and try sailing and see what’s on offer, including RYA sailing courses and a programme of friendly social sailing and trips on the water.   

The Club will be throwing its doors open to the public to offer a variety of different dinghies for taster sessions, with experienced helms and Club members on hand to show you the ropes.    

All you need to bring is some spare warm clothes and trainers.  Lifejackets will be provided.   For a detailed itinerary of the day email nick.gascoigne@orange.net or gascoignenick@gmail.com or call him on 07855 851766.   

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 here.  Find out more about how to get out on the water and start your sailing adventure.