If you’re on the lookout for something different to do, or you want some fresh air, some outdoor health and fitness, a chance to meet new people, or just switch your brain off from everyday life trying a new activity you can enjoy with your partner or family, get down to Abbey Sailing Club in Abingdon this May and have a go at sailing.

Abbey SC is just one of hundreds of clubs around the country that are taking part in the RYA’s Push the Boat Out campaign run by the Royal Yachting Association during May when you can try sailing for free. 

You can head to the RYA website to find contact information and details of the day’s itinerary for the club.   The Push The Boat Out event will provide all the equipment you need, just bring a change of clothes, sneakers and a towel. 

Sessions are a minimum of half an hour and can be longer, so ask the club for full details. Contact Adrian Strong on 07739 468090 or drop him an email.  You can also visit the club website.

RYA Programmes Manager, Michelle Gent commented: “We are delighted that for the second year running, Push the Boat Out will be returning for the whole of May.  Open days are a fantastic day out for the whole family and a brilliant opportunity to have a go at some on-the-water activity.  Many venues will also be organising tea, cake and barbeques so it’s a real opportunity to appreciate the club hospitality and get stuck in.  

“Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned sailor looking for a way back in, there will be something for everyone - find out what’s going on in your local area and get involved."   Last year a whopping 39,000 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.