It’s just two weeks until people across East Sussex have the chance to have a go at sailing and windsurfing as the county’s sailing clubs and watersports centres open their doors for national RYA Push the Boat Out weekend on May 17-18.
Whether you’re completely new to the sport or looking to get back on the water after a break away, Pevensey Bay SC, Newhaven & Seaford SC, Weir Wood SC and Eastbourne Sovereign SC are amongst no fewer than 230 clubs, centres and organisations nationwide running free Open Days or discounted taster sessions to encourage people to give sailing, and in some cases windsurfing too, a try for Push The Boat Out.
Booking is essential for some of the activities, and more Push The Boat out events are being registered all the time.
Sam Rowe, RYA Regional Development Officer for the South East, said, “All of our clubs and centres in East Sussex run accessible, affordable and inclusive activities for all, regardless of age, gender, background or experience.
“These events are an incredible opportunity for local people in East Sussex to discover what sailing and sailing clubs are really like, and enjoy a fantastic, social outdoor sport where everyday life really does get left on the shore.”
Refreshments will be available and a warm welcome is guaranteed as BBQs and other social activities also take place to give newcomers a real sense of each club.
All you need for any of the Open Days or have a go sessions are a change of clothes, soft soled shoes and a towel and the clubs/centres will provide what else you need.
RYA Push the Boat Out is part of National Watersports Month this month.
To find your nearest event, and to discover exactly what’s happening and when the fun starts, visit www.rya.org.uk/go/ptbo
The RYA is the national body for all forms of recreational, competitive and professional boating. It represents dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and personal watercraft
RYA Sailability is the national programme enabling people with disabilities to learn to sail and sail regularly. More than 40,000 young people and adults with disabilities are introduced to sailing per year,
The RYA is recognised by all government offices as being the negotiating body for the activities it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 102,000 personal members, the majority of whom choose to go afloat for purely recreational non-competitive pleasure on coastal and inland waters. There are an estimated further 500,000 boat owners nationally who are members of RYA affiliated clubs and class associations.