A record 44 sailing clubs in the region participated in RYA Push the Boat Out during May 2018. For possibly the first time ever, conditions were almost entirely ideal for running taster sessions of sailing and boating, with fairly consistent sunshine and light breezes. While the official figures are still being calculated, feedback from a number of clubs suggests that it has been a resounding success in the south west.

  • East Dorset Sailing Club reported that its first PTBO event went well at a packed EDSC Pirates session, where two families with young children were introduced to sailing. 
  • Topsham Sailing Club ran a series of evening taster sessions, and posted sunny Facebook pictures with comments such as “We had ten new sailors last night and the same again coming tonight. Of course, it's always like this!”
  • The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club had a wonderful day, with rain and sun. Local MP Sarah Newton visited, as did a journalist. With dinghies, yachts and two RIBs, the club was able to get 64 people afloat and run a total of 70 trips. 
  • South Cerney Sailing Club, in the Cotswold Water Park, had 21 sign-ins – including two couples, four families and 15 individuals (12 of whom had children with them). Within the first few days they had sold three individual, one family and one couple’s membership, and were expecting to hear back from more of those who had enjoyed their tasters.
  • Royal Torbay Yacht Club's Push the Boat Out Day was a great success. There were around 60 try sailing bookings and 22 new memberships,  plus a number of training course bookings, were signed up. The club and its members got right behind the day with five yachts on the water, a sports boat, training dinghy and RIBs in support.
  • Upper Tamar Lake Sailing Club welcomed lots of people interested in sailing to their event, and posted lots of fun photos on their Facebook page.

For those who missed their chance to try sailing in May, there’s good news – there are still some opportunities available over the summer  - and if you contact your local sailing club, you may well be able to arrange a visit.