Time to Push the boat out
Time to Push the boat out

New research by the RYA shows that a quarter of people have never tried an outdoor pursuit, yet two in four want to be more active and nearly a third want to get more fresh air.

The good news is there’s never been a better time to get out on the water and give sailing and windsurfing a go. RYA Push the Boat Out is back and this time for the whole of May, with free sailing and windsurfing taster sessions for everyone across the UK.  You can see video at  https://youtu.be/g14thYQCZvo

“We’re delighted that Push the Boat Out is running for the whole of May,” said RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson.

“This year it will be bigger than ever before with almost 400 venues hosting events. So, if you’re looking for something completely different to do with the family, a workout in the fresh air or perhaps to get back out on the water after having a break then pop down to your local sailing club or centre during May and ‘Push the Boat Out’.”

All kit and safety equipment is provided and no experience is needed. Refreshments will be available at many Push the Boat Out events with a host of shoreside activities and entertainment for visitors to enjoy.


Sailing clubs and centres in Kent taking part include:


Bewl Sailing Association http://bewlsailing.club/


Broadstairs Sailing Club http://www.broadstairssailingclub.com/


Chipstead Sailing Club http://www.chipsteadsc.org.uk/


Conningbrook Lakes Sailing http://www.cinqueportssailing.org/about


Elite Sailing http://www.elitesailing.co.uk/


Folkstone Sea Sports https://folkestoneseasports.com/


Gravesend Sailing Club http://www.gravesendsc.org.uk/gscweb/page.php?3


Herne Bay Sailing Club http://www.hernebaysailingclub.co.uk/


Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club http://www.hssc.net/


Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club https://www.iossc.org.uk/


Margate Yacht Club http://www.margateyachtclub.org/


Medway Yacht Club http://www.medwayyachtclub.com/


Minnis Bay Sailing Club http://www.minnisbaysailingclub.co.uk/


Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club https://rcpyc.org.uk/


Sheppey Sea Cadets https://www.sea-cadets.org/sheppey


The Varne Water Sports Club https://www.varneboatclub.co.uk/


Tonbridge Town Sailing Club www.tonbridgesailing.org/


Whitstable Yacht Club http://wyc.org.uk/


More clubs are joining in, to find your nearest visit http://www.rya.org.uk//programmes/push-the-boat-out/Pages/hub.aspx

Saskia Clark, Rio 2016 Gold medallist said: “I got into sailing through my local sailing club so it’s fantastic to see so many people given the opportunity to discover what the sport’s all about right on their doorstep. If you want to inspire your non-sailing friends and family to giving sailing and windsurfing a go, make sure you put Push the Boat Out in the diary”.

If you didn’t know you could go sailing on your doorstep, now’s the time to give it a try!

For more information about Push the Boat Out and to find an event near you visit www.rya.org.uk/PTBO