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.
Events in Suffolk included open days held at Beccles Amateur Sailing Club, who saw a successful day signing up many new members, whilst Felixstowe Ferry SC welcomed over 50 guests, who enjoyed trips on the Club RIBS and on Dart 16 Catamarans. Royal Harwich Yacht Club close to Ipswich saw almost 60 individuals enjoy their very first taste of sailing, including a four-month-old baby who went out on one of the Club’s keelboats. St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association based at Lackford Lake near to Bury St Edmunds Push the Boat Out Day went well despite the chilly weather with over 140 sailing tasters. Mike Steele, SESCA’s event organiser said: “Everybody seems to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and spoke enthusiastically about their experience and impressions of the Club. It was great to see so many people out on the water enjoying themselves”.
Oulton Broad Water Sports Centre, Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club and Waveney Sailability held a successful open weekend in Nicholas Everitt Park. Clive Purvis, Chief Instructor at OBWSC, said “We had the most successful event ever here at Oulton Broad and the feedback was absolutely first class…The weather improved throughout the weekend and this, coupled by superb supporting volunteers, made the entire thing worthwhile.” Shotley Point Yacht Club saw an open event at the Marina attracting thousands of visitors, and as part of this the Club held try sailing taster sessions in yachts, and signed up a number of new members to their innovative ‘Crew Pool’ project. Other events that took place included Aldeburgh Yacht Club who saw 95 people on the water, Deben Yacht Club, Slaughden Sailing Club and Pin Mill Sailing 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.