For the first time, Oulton Broad Water Sports Centre, Waveney Sailability and Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club are joining forces to hold a joint open weekend in Nicholas Everitt Park over the weekend of 18/19 May. Matt Stebbings, of Oulton Broad Water Sports Centre said: “We are joining forces to host a range of different water sport activities including sailing for Push the Boat Out with free taster sessions. We are excited to be hosting this event and hope to attract both new and existing users of water sports to come along and take part in FREE taster sessions of all the water sports activities on offer.”
Both days run from 10.00am-16.00pm with all welcome from age 8 upwards. At Waveney Sailability there will be tours of the facilities and taster sails in a Hansa dinghy or a keelboat for people with disabilities, with the chance to chat to our volunteers and discuss your ambitions on the water. Oulton Broad Water Sports Centre will be holding an event to display what watersports the Centre has on offer. All users will be able to come along and try a number of activities and the opportunity to enroll for some of the courses. Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club will be holding sailing taster sessions for children age 8-16 in a range of boats, and providing opportunities to watch the club racing from 14.00. The Clubhouse will be open all day to the public with drinks and snacks on offer.
RYA Programmes Manager, Michelle Gent, commented: “We are delighted that for the second year running, Push the Boat Out will be returning for the whole of May. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned sailor looking for a way back in to the sport, there will be something for everyone - find out what’s going on in your local area and get involved."
The national participation campaign run by the RYA aims to make the water more accessible, whatever your age, background or ability - getting more people sailing, windsurfing, having fun and getting active outdoors.
All safety equipment is provided, so just bring a pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and your sense of fun. Refreshments will be also be available at many venues, with a host of shore-side activities and entertainment to enjoy too.
Last year, more than 39,000 people across the UK attended a PTBO open day, inspiring thousands of new sailors to join their local club.
Find out more about the Push the Boat Out campaign and events near you at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo.