Sailing clubs across the North East region are inviting local people to join them on the water in May!

More than 25 clubs in the region will be throwing open their doors and welcoming all-comers to try sailing as part of the national RYA Push the Boat Out campaign.

New research by the RYA shows that a quarter of people have never tried an outdoor pursuit, yet two in four want to be more active and nearly a third want to get more fresh air.

Sam Usher, RYA Regional Development Officer for the North East, said: “So many people still don’t realise how easy it can be to get into sailing and windsurfing, and that you don’t even need to own a boat or board as clubs and centres have ones you can borrow or hire.

“Once you’ve learned the ropes, you can sail on your own or with your partner, friends or kids in dinghies or big boats, inland or on the coast. And after you’ve given your mind and body an on-the-water workout, nothing beats having a drink by the water on warm summer evenings!”

Thousands of people across the North East regularly go along to their local sailing club, taking out boats or windsurfers on the region’s reservoirs, lakes, rivers and coastline.

RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson said: “If you’re looking for something completely different to do with the family, a workout in the fresh air or perhaps to get back out on the water after having a break, then pop down to your local sailing club or centre during May and ‘Push the Boat Out’.”

Sailing kit and safety equipment is provided and no experience is needed - the message for anyone wanting to try sailing in May is that all you need is a pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and your sense of fun! 

Taster sessions across the North East region are either free or low cost. Some need booking, so to be sure of your chance to get on the water, check out all the details for your nearest Push the Boat Out open day at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo

Clubs taking part in the North East region include:

Tyne & Wear

  • Tynemouth Sailing Club, Saturday 5 May
  • Sunderland Yacht Club, Saturday 12 May and Sunday 13 May
  • South Shields Sea Cadets, Saturday 19 May, Sunday 20 May and Saturday 26 May  

Northumberland

  • Kielder Water Sailing Club, nr Hexham: Saturday 5 May, Sunday 6 May, Monday 7 May
  • Kielder Yacht Club, Friday 11 May to Sunday 13 May, invite to chat about cruising
  • Newbiggin by the Sea Sailing Club: Saturday 12 May and Saturday 19 May
  • River Aln Boat Club, Alnmouth: Saturday 26 May, Sunday 27 May and Monday 28 May
  • Coquet Shorebase, Druridge Bay Country Park near Morpeth, Sunday 27 May  

North Yorkshire

  • Scarborough Yacht Club, The Lighthouse, Vincent Pier: Saturday 5 May
  • York RI Sailing Club, River Ouse, just outside York: Sunday 6 May
  • Ripon Sailing Club, Farnham Lake, Knaresborough: Saturday 12 May
  • Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club, Naburn: Saturday 12 May
  • Thornton Steward Sailing Club, Bedale: Sunday 13 May
  • Scaling Dam Sailing Club, Easington, Saltburn: Sunday 13 May
  • Craven Sailing Club, Embsay, Skipton: Sunday 20 May
  • White Rose Sailing Association, River Ure, Givendale, Ripon: Sunday 20 May
  • Whitby Yacht Club, Whitby Marina: Monday 28 May  

South Yorkshire

  • Ulley Sailing Club, Ulley Country Park, Aughton, Sheffield: Saturday 5 May
  • Pennine Sailing Club, Winscar Reservoir, Dunford Bridge: Sunday 13 May  

East Yorkshire/Humberside

  • Welton Sailing Club, Welton, Brough: Saturday & Sunday 5-6 May
  • North Lincolnshire & Humberside Sailing Club, Barton Upon Humber, Saturday 12 May  

West Yorkshire

  • Denholme Sailing Club, Doe Park, Denholme, Bradford: Sunday 6 May
  • Yeadon Sailing Club, Yeadon near Leeds: Saturday 12 May
  • Scammonden Water Sailing Club, Scammonden, Huddersfield: Saturday 19 May
  • Otley Sailing Club at the Otley Show, Otley Showground: Saturday 19 May
  • Halifax Sailing Club, Warley Moor Reservoir, Wainstalls: Sunday 20 May  

For further details visit our Push the Boat Out hub, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RYANorthEast for all the latest updates.