More than 30 sailing clubs and training centres in the south west welcomed visitors to RYA Push the Boat Out events which offered sailing and windsurfing tasters for free or low cost during May.   

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.  

Amanda Parker, Commodore at Axe Yacht Club in Devon, commented: “It went very well at AYC. Our amazing team of volunteers made sure that the visitors all had a great time. Well over 50 taster sails (dinghy and cruiser) and lots of happy faces.”  

Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club in Torbay had nine adults and one child join up immediately after their tasters, giving comments such as: “Thank you for such a lovely 'taster sail' on Saturday. I loved it! and “Thank you for holding such a well-organised and friendly event for us newbies.”  

The PTBO event held at Clevedon Sailing Club in Somerset went very well, with 41 adults and 27 children being taken out for a sail around Clevedon Bay and on the town’s marine lake. It must have been fun - around 25% of them have already signed up, either to the club’s adult novices’ learn to sail programme, or the waiting list for Cadet membership.  

At the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, 150 people registered for on-the-water sessions in a variety of yachts, RIBs, dinghies and launches in perfect weather.  

One visitor to Swanage Sailing Club in Dorset, where 98 people took to the water in three hours, said: “Thank you so much to everyone involved today, the girls had a brilliant time with Mike on the water, and we all enjoyed the lovely clubhouse with great cakes. Thank you, and hope to see you in the future."  

Bowmoor Sailing Club in Gloucestershire found some visitors so thrilled by their experience that they went out more than once: “We took about 85 people out on the water in a variety of boats - some several times - and they were all very enthusiastic!” said Douglas Roberts.  

Tony Wood, RYA SW Regional Development Officer, 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. Well done and many thanks to all the club co-ordinators and volunteers for putting such a huge amount of time and effort into running these events to make them so welcoming and positive for those who take part.”  

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, there will be more Try Sailing events at the Poole Harbour Boat Show from 7 to 9 June, and at the Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth on 7 and 8 August. And if you can’t get to those, pop down to your local club and have a chat about getting out on the water. Find your nearest club at www.rya.org.uk/Pages/wheres-my-nearest.aspx/start  

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.