Many were having a go for the very first time and experiencing the thrill of being on the water.

Sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and other on the water activities were enjoyed by dozens of families and adults at free taster sessions across the area including Eling SC, Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC), St Deny's Sailing and Rowing Club, Spinnaker SC Ringwood, Keyhaven YC, Lymington Town SC and Hurst Castle SC.   

The clubs reported a great turn out with people of all ages and abilities jumping at the opportunity to get out on the water and discover a new sport.   Lymington Town Sailing Club had just under 100 people coming along including many families. Members and instructors were kept busy through the weekend making sure everyone got a trip down the river in one of their five RS Vision and Quest dinghies as well as two keelboats, a catamaran and a motor boat. Plenty of people came ashore full of enthusiasm and the club gained a number of new members. 

Meanwhile Eling Sailing Club at the top of Southampton Water welcomed over 25 newcomers on the Saturday (13 May).  Alfie, Aged 7, had never sailed before, and came along with his dad. "I want to come sailing again", he said. Sarah from Winchester dropped into the club with her daughters Ruth (8) and Montagu (9). "The girls have always wanted to have a go at sailing," said Sarah, with Ruth adding "We went out on a cruising boat.  I liked it best when we put the sails up.  It's better than an engine!"  Her mother added "We want to find a sailing club near us so that we can sail regularly. This was a great chance to have a look".  

Rob Pike, Eling SC Commodore, says "Sailing does not have to be an expensive sport," adding "Our club is on a beautiful little creek in a very historic building."     

Find out more about Push the Boat Out Day, which is an annual event.