One of the club’s teenage Assistant Instructors Tash Helsby took Annie out for a half hour sail in a Feva followed by Andy Burnham, and event organiser Mike Barnes in a RIB driven by Chris Hewitt, father of LLSC double world champion Bobby Hewitt (and RYA NW Youth Champion 2014) who attends the college that Andy’s brother teaches at.
For most of the youngsters attending the event, it was a feast of sailing as they were taken out with their parent(s) and also by one of the junior/youth Assistant Instructors – some a few times.
In addition many club members took their own children out for a sail, though those were not included in the official count.
With the British Sailing Team sailors amongst the World’s best, sailing always enjoys a boost in Olympic years and Push the Boat Out is a great way to discover a new outdoor sport to enjoy this summer.
RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts said: “The first weekend of RYA Push the Boat Out 2016 has been a great success, thanks in part to some fantastic weather. We’re looking forward to seeing even more people get out sailing over the next week.
“We’ve already had some great positive feedback from the clubs and centres who ran events and from people who went out on the water and had a go, which is fantastic.”
If you didn’t manage to Push the Boat Out this weekend, there are still over 200 events taking place across the UK until 22 May. To find your nearest event, visit www.rya.org.uk/go/ptbo