Thank you to those of you that completed the 2018 Push the Boat Out (PTBO) feedback surveys earlier this year. Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us and it will help us to better resource and support PTBO events in the future.
All of the clubs that completed this year’s survey also had the chance to win some fantastic prizes.
PTBO Feedback Survey Prize Draw Winners
Clubs who completed the initial feedback survey before 18 June were entered into a prize draw to win £250 towards a PTBO social event to thank their staff and volunteers and to welcome new members. Winners, East Lothian Yacht Club, Scotland put the funding towards their recent 90th Birthday Bash which was attended by 126 members and guests.
Club Secretary, Alistair Macintyre said: “PTBO brought us 33 new members who have already been actively involved in all aspects of the Club.
“The Club turned 90 years old this year and the 90th Birthday Bash was a real showcase of the Club throughout the years. We felt this was an excellent way to continue to integrate new members and celebrate the Club.
“We had a wonderful evening, starting with a glass of fizz, a three course meal and talk on the history of the club. Then we got down to the dancing - a fantastic ceilidh with the cadets showing everyone how it is done! – a great success all round.”
Clubs who completed the survey before 31 August were entered into a secondary prize draw to win a selection of 2016 British Sailing Team Zhik Kit. The winners were:
- Carrickfergus Sailing Club, Northern Ireland
- Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club, Warrington
- Varne Boat Club Ltd, New Romney
- Killington Sailing Association, Kendal
Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club were delighted to receive the team kit and are planning to use these items as prizes and auctioning items at their annual club prize giving in December. Dave Kelsall commented: “Money raised at the event will go towards maintaining the club’s fleet of around 30 training boats which will again be used at PTBO 2019. We also lend them to new sailors who haven’t quite decided which boat to buy yet.”
Carrickfergus Sailing Club will be gifting the kit to the volunteers involved in their Push the Boat Out events.
Similarly Killington Sailing Association (KSA) will be recognising their more junior PTBO volunteers. Secretary Myles Ripley said: “I am proposing to give the smaller sizes to some aspirant younger sailors within the club, they are certainly keen to get hold of one!
He added: “One outcome already is that some of our junior sailors who helped on the day all wore their jackets at the grand finale of the Laser Grand Prix series at Derwent Reservoir. We hope to continue to use the tops as team items and depending on the weather next year we hope that they will be worn by helpers at Push the Boat Out 2019.”
Speaking on behalf of Varne Boat Club, Mark Rose explained: “We decided as all our instructors give their time for free, the very nice sailing sailing gear would be allocated out between our instructors and willing volunteers. It is nice to give them something back as a bit of recognition for all their hard work."
It’s brilliant to hear how the winning Clubs have been putting their prizes to use, particularly in recognising volunteers for their hard work. The feedback surveys are significant in ensuring we continue to improve the programme and offer greater support and resources to all the clubs and centres taking part.
Push the Boat Out continues to be a huge success in bringing new people to the sport and new members to partaking clubs. More than 375 events took place nationwide in 2018 and we’re planning for 2019 to be even bigger. Don’t forget, sign up for Activators is now open!
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