Visitors from near and far attended events at sailing clubs and centres, with hundreds getting on the water. Four venues hosted events in Norfolk, including Snettisham Beach Sailing Club on the North Norfolk Coast, who welcomed over 110 visitors, and Blakeney Sailing Club who ran two days of activities, during which they took prospective members out racing, and on a social trip to see the seals!
Aldeburgh Yacht Club in Suffolk enjoyed a phenomenally successful day, with 50 of the 100 visitors joining the club, whilst four venues hosted try sailing events in Essex. Amongst these was Colne Yacht Club who were kept busy all day, taking visitors out on their Sonata Keelboats. Two events took place in Cambridgeshire, with Paxton Lakes Sailing Club seeing over 100 people on the water, with further events taking place in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
If you didn’t get on the water this weekend there are still plenty of opportunities to do so as Push the Boat Out continues throughout the month. This week’s events include:
- Coldham Hall Sailing Club (Sunday 20 May)
- Hickling Windsurfing Club (Sunday 20 May)
- Norfolk Broads School of Sailing (Sunday 20 May)
- Norfolk Punt Club (Saturday 19 May)
- Ouse Amateur Sailing Club (Sunday 20 May)
- Alton Water Sports Centre (Saturday 19 May)
- Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club (Sunday 20 May)
- Shotley Point Yacht Club (Saturday 19 May/Saturday 20 May)
- Southwold Sailing Club (Saturday 19 May)
- Up River Yacht Club (Saturday 19 May)
- Walton & Frinton Yacht Club (Saturday 19 May)
- Nene Outdoors (Friday 18 May/Saturday 19 May)
- Peterborough Sailability (Saturday 19 May)
- Priory Sailing Club (Sunday 20 May)
- Aldenham Sailing Club (Sunday 20 May)
- Rickmansworth Sailing Club (Sunday 20 May)
Find your nearest Push The Boat Out event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo
All kit and safety equipment is provided, so just bring a pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and your sense of fun. Refreshments will be available, with a host of shoreside activities and entertainment to enjoy too.
Robbie Bell, RYA Regional Development Officer for the 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 a great day on the water, nothing beats having a drink by the water on warm summer evenings.”
There are lots of opportunities to go sailing in the East, from sailing small sailboats or windsurfing on the region’s reservoirs, lakes and rivers, to sailing bigger boats on the region’s coast or inland. Last year a whopping 31,000 people ‘pushed the boat out’ at over 500 sailing and windsurfing taster sessions throughout the UK.
Find all the details for your nearest Push The Boat Out event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo