Sailing clubs in Northumberland are inviting local people to join them on the water in May! They will be throwing open their doors and encouraging all-comers to try sailing as part of a national Push the Boat Out campaign by the Royal Yachting Association.
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.
“So many people still don’t realise how easy it can be to get into sailing and windsurfing, and that you don’t even need to own a boat or board as clubs and centres have ones you can borrow or hire.
“Once you’ve learned the ropes, you can sail on your own or with your partner, friends or kids in dinghies or big boats, inland or on the coast. And after you’ve given your mind and body an on-the-water workout, nothing beats having a drink by the water on warm summer evenings!”
Kielder Water Sailing Club near Hexham is inviting local people of all ages and abilities to come and give sailing a go across the early May Bank Holiday weekend, with free taster sessions on Saturday 5 May, Sunday 6 May and Monday 7 May.
Free sailing sessions are also being offered by Newbiggin by the Sea Sailing Club, which is holding Push the Boat Out days on Saturday 12 May and Saturday 19 May, and by the River Aln Boat Club at Alnmouth over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, on Saturday 26 May, Sunday 27 May and Monday 28 May.
Also holding an open day will be Coquet Shorebase at Druridge Bay Country Park near Morpeth, with sailing taster sessions for just £3 a go on Sunday 27 May.
Sailing kit and safety equipment is provided and no experience is needed – you just need a pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and your sense of fun! Refreshments will be available alongside a chance to get on the water and a warm welcome is guaranteed.
Thousands of people across the North East regularly go along to their local sailing club, taking out boats or windsurfers on the region’s reservoirs, lakes, rivers and coastline, while last year a whopping 31,000 people ‘pushed the boat out’ at more than 500 taster sessions throughout the UK.
RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson said: “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’.”
Find all the details for your nearest Push The Boat Out event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo