Thousands try sailing at RYA Push the Boat Out events.
This year’s RYA Push the Boat Out (PTBO) campaign has already seen thousands take to the water to try sailing and windsurfing this May. But with the open days and free or low cost taster sessions set to continue for the rest of the month, there are plenty of events still to come. So whether you’re volunteering or taking part in your club’s PTBO or not, make sure to #TellAFriend and help us get as many people out on-the-water as possible this May.
Just weeks after the hottest Easter weekend on record, this year’s PTBO events kicked off on the coldest May Bank Holiday! Despite some initially challenging weather conditions, visitors weren’t deterred, with flocks of first time sailors attending open days across the UK. Fortunately conditions improved over the first and subsequent weekends and numbers have continued to climb.
Mike Steele, Event Organiser at St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association said: “Everybody seems to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and spoke enthusiastically about their experience and impressions of the Club. It was great to see so many people out on the water enjoying themselves”.
Llandegfedd Sailing Club PTBO Coordinator, Lynette Williams said: “The feedback was amazing – people said they enjoyed going fast, getting wet and were interested in getting further training and joining the club. Thanks to the volunteers for making it possible.”
PTBO Coordinator at Greenwich Yacht Club, Tim Jeffrey added: “For us it was about making people aware of the fabulous opportunity that is in the heart of London and we certainly made an impact! Overall we believe we had well over 300 visitors into the club over the weekend - a lot of people who live locally and didn't realise what they have on the doorstep. There is follow up interest in courses and simply coming sailing - we will be working hard to translate this into membership and enthusiasm.”
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RYA Programmes Manager, Michelle Gent commented: “It’s fantastic to hear that so many people have been able to take this opportunity to get active on the water and involved with our sport. It really is for everyone and there are plenty of brilliant events still to come.
“We’d also like to thank all the clubs and volunteers dedicating so much time and effort around the country to make these events happen.”
If your club is hosting a PTBO event this May, there are heaps of resources available in Club Zone. Don’t forget to contact your RYA Regional Communicator with event details and success stories, and of course make sure to tag us in your social media posts.
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Lastly, we want to hear from you and your visitors! Don’t forget to complete the feedback survey and let us know how your event went. We use the results to help shape Push the Boat Out going forward and very much appreciate the time you spend on this.
Additionally, this year your visitors could win a Helly Hansen sailing outfit if they tell us about their PTBO experience. Print the flyer and spread the word!
For more information about the RYA Push the Boat Out campaign visit www.rya.org.uk/ptbo.
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