The RYA’s Push the Boat Out (PTBO) is nearly upon us, and in May you can
get out on the water and try sailing and windsurfing.
During May nine venues across London are running free or low cost try
sailing taster sessions. With sailing being one of the most inclusive
sports around, there are plenty of venues able to cater for people across
the spectrum of abilities, disabilities and activities for people of all
You can find the dates and full details of your nearest event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo and get on
board for a new adventure! If you haven’t sailed before, or would like to
return to sailing, come along, and why not bring your family, friends and
But what, you may ask, has PTBO ever done for us in London? Some of those
who started or returned to sailing through PTBO tell their stories:
Lucy York of Hampton Sailing Club writes:
My husband and I always wanted to make the most of the river as we live
so close to the Thames. One day last Summer saw a poster advertising an
Open Day at the Hampton Sailing Club and thought we would pop along.
We were just expecting to find out information and pick up a leaflet so
were pleasantly surprised when we were asked to help crew a boat there
and then! It was such good fun and everyone was so friendly and
welcoming that we decided this would definitely be our river based
activity, and we haven’t looked back!
We love being members of the club. It has been great to meet so many
new people and to learn lots of new skills – the tea and cake is
definitely a bonus too. We are so happy that we saw the poster and went
to that open day – the best decision we could have made!
Griff Tanner of Tamesis Club tells his story:
Three years ago my family and I ambled down to a PTBO event at our
local club Tamesis. It was great getting on the water with my children
aged 5 and 8. We learned that the club had a thriving cadet program
with boats that could be borrowed, which was a real eye opener since we
realised that we could start sailing without the commitment of buying a
boat. We have recently bought a boat, now being confident that we will
continue with regular club sailing.
Robert Blakeborough also visited PTBO at Tamesis, in his case to try a
different type of sailing after 20 years in yachts. He writes:
On retiring after working overseas I set up a new life in Teddington,
where I knew virtually no-one. I looked at the Tamesis web site and
could see there was a good social side apart from the sailing, not to
mention a wonderful location by the riverside. By chance I got a flyer
through the door to say Tamesis Club was doing a PTBO day and there was
a BBQ to boot.
I was made most welcome, everybody was very helpful and I was taken out
on the river, by the vice commodore no less, to find out what sailing a
dinghy was like. I’d a most agreeable day, enjoyed a tasty BBQ and met
a lot of new people very quickly.
It is now two years since those first tentative steps towards Tamesis
and I’ve become part of the furniture. What I like most is, of course,
the sailing, but also that I’ve been welcomed openly by the members. I
feel if you don’t belong to a sailing club you’re really missing out. A
summer’s day at Tamesis is out of this world. All your cares disappear
and there is just you and the river and, hopefully, a gentle breeze.
If you’re looking for something completely different, whether it’s a new
way to get fit outdoors, an adrenalin rush, an escape from everyday life,
or simply a sociable fun activity you can enjoy with your friends and
family, pop down to your nearest Push the Boat Out event and give it a go.
Find your nearest event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo