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.
The good news is there’s never been a better time to get out on the water and give sailing and windsurfing a go. RYA Push the Boat Out is back and this time for the whole of May, with free sailing and windsurfing taster sessions for everyone across the UK.
Nearly 50 clubs and centres in London and the South East are taking part, to find your nearest visit http://www.rya.org.uk//programmes/push-the-boat-out/Pages/hub.aspx
“We’re delighted that Push the Boat Out is running for the whole of May,” says RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson.
“This year it will be bigger than ever before with almost 400 venues hosting events. So, 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’.”
All kit and safety equipment is provided and no experience is needed. Refreshments will be available at many Push the Boat Out events with a host of shoreside activities and entertainment for visitors to enjoy.
London and South East regional development officer Steve Mitchell says: "It's fantastic to once again see so many London and South East clubs and centres taking up the opportunity of Push the Boat Out and the growing number of clubs and centres who deliver open days and try sailing days outside of the PTBO dates. We have greatly improved our insight into what makes a great open day and I always enjoy hearing the stories of successful days."
Regional team chair Helen Hofmann adds: "The London and South East region has many beautiful locations to try out boating, whether on rivers, lakes or the open sea. The Push the Boat Out events provide this invitation with the chance to experience boating perhaps for the first time. RYA affiliated clubs and centres are there to help you in this adventure."
If you didn’t know you could go sailing on your doorstep, now’s the time to give it a try!
For more information about Push the Boat Out and to find an event near you visit www.rya.org.uk/PTBO