Push the boat out this May

Want to try something completely different this year that the whole family can enjoy . . . something to get the air into your lungs, clear your mind and give your body a bit of a work out?

Between Saturday 13 May to Sunday 21 May, you can try sailing and windsurfing for free or at a low cost across the county with the RYA’s Push The Boat Out 2017.

RYA Push The Boat Out is all about getting people afloat, who might never have known there was even a chance to try sailing near them.

Your idea of sailing might be big, expensive yachts and a life on the ocean waves; but more than 20,000 people regularly go down to their local sailing club every month across the Midlands, sailing small sailboats or windsurfing on the region’s reservoirs, lakes and rivers, and just loving the buzz of being on the water. You could be one of them.

‘Whatever you think about sailing, Push The Boat Out will change your mind,’ Gareth Brookes, the RYA’s Midlands Regional Development Officer, explains. ‘You will be able to get out on the water with experienced sailors, who you will find to be exactly like you, in a boat that is suitable for you; whatever your age, ability or experience. This is why sailing is one of the most inclusive sports around. You might want a leisurely sail with your family; to experience something a bit more high octane, or just potter about with your partner; you do can all of this.’

Last year there were no fewer than six Push The Boat Out events in Worcestershire, with a similar number expected again this year. Don’t worry about kit, packing a lunch or anything else; every Push The Boat Out event will provide all the equipment you need with refreshments available.

You’ll also discover you don’t even need a boat to learn to sail locally, as the area’s clubs and centres have ones you can use, and if you discover you enjoy messing about in boats so much that you want to join a local club, it could cost just £20 a month, or even less, for you and your family.

Gareth added: ‘Sailing has benefited from significant investment from the RYA and Sport England in the past four years. Many clubs now have excellent, accessible clubhouse facilities, which include comfortable lounges, up-to-date changing areas and rooms dedicated to learning to sail and knowledge improvement. You will discover all this at Push The Boat Out.’

So grab a towel and some old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and sail into summer with Push The Boat Out. Find your nearest event at www.rya.org.uk/PTBO2017