Sailing and boating clubs across Northern Ireland are getting ready to open their doors to the public and anyone who would like to try a new sport.  

New research by the RYA shows that a one in four people have never tried an outdoor pursuit, yet two in four want to be more active and nearly a third want to get more fresh air.  

For the whole month of May, there is a chance for everyone to try free sailing and windsurfing taster sessions as clubs take part in Push the Boat Out.  

RYANI�s Chief Operating Officer, Richard Honeyford, said: �We are delighted that our clubs and centres are taking part in Push the Boat Out again this year and we are particularly excited that it is running for the whole month of May. This gives everyone who would like to try out a different sport the chance to get on the water and experience something new. You can find your nearest Push the Boat Out event on our website at: http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/push-the-boat-out/Pages/search.aspx.�  

He added: �If you�re interested in trying something completely different with your family, a workout in the fresh air or perhaps to get back out on the water after having a break then pop down to your local sailing club or centre during May and �Push the Boat Out�.�  

All kit and safety equipment is provided and no experience is needed. Refreshments will be available at many Push the Boat Out events with a host of shoreside activities and entertainment for visitors to enjoy.  There are over 20 clubs across Northern Ireland signed up to take part � be sure to check out events that are on at a club near you.  

If you didn�t know you could go sailing on your doorstep, now�s the time to give it a try!  

For more information about Push the Boat Out and to find an event near you visit www.rya.org.uk/PTBO