The RYA’s national Push the Boat Out (PTBO) campaign aims to get more people on-the-water, having fun and getting active outdoors. The month of open days and ‘have a go’ taster sessions has once again seen thousands of people get afloat at their local PTBO venue.
With the weather varying from wild and windy to perfect, it was an exciting experience for visitors to Essex Clubs, with many revelling in the lively conditions. Over 80 young people (many of whom had never been on the water) braved hail, snow and gale force winds in Manningtree to take to the water in a free Beach Boat Bash put on by My Blue Pass, a new water sports charity. Garron Baines, Chair of My Blue Pass said: “It was fabulous to see so many young people having fun and preparing for a lifetime of water sports.” Whilst Blackwater Sailing Club welcomed over 150 hardy visitors to the Club, taking guests on Club tours and wet and wild RIB rides, before watching club racing. Ardleigh Sailing Club enjoyed a very successful day taking over 40 visitors out in Club dinghies, and Eyott Sailing Club managed to get all their visitors out sailing despite the squally weather.
Colne Yacht Club in Brightlingsea took people out in their Club keelboats, with a number going on to join. Gunfleet Sailing Club in Clacton-On-Sea ran a Push the Boat Out event for the first time, and had a successful day taking visitors out for a sail on the sea. Marconi Sailing Club held an extremely popular day, with volunteers from the club welcoming hundreds of guests for an afternoon of sailing, cruising, windsurfing and rowing on a perfect summer’s afternoon, with 195 visitors on the water. Other events included Maylandsea Bay Sailing Club, who enjoyed beautiful sunshine and light winds for their open day, Stour Sailing Club who took almost 100 people out on the water, Alexandra Yacht Club, Ardleigh Sailing Club, Burnham Sailing Club, Fishers Green Sailing Club, Chapman Sands Sailing Club, Brightlingsea Sailing Club, Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Up River Yacht Club, Wivenhoe Sailing Club and Walton & Frinton Yacht Club.
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. The feedback we have started to receive is really positive, with many clubs welcoming new members and visitors returning to keep sailing.
“Once again, we are hugely grateful to all the clubs, centres and volunteers around the UK, who have dedicated so much time and effort to make these events happen - it simply wouldn’t be possible without your support.”
Try Sailing this Summer
If you missed Push the Boat Out, it’s not too late to start your boating adventure.
Supported by the RYA, some 08 venues will be hosting Try Sailing events across the East.
For more information visit www.rya.org.uk/go/TrySailing. To find out more about how to get started on the water this summer, visit www.rya.org.uk/go/StartBoating.