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Watersports: Push The Boat Out returns for 2018

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 April 2018

Push The Boat Out, run by the RYA, is back for 2018 (pic: Emily Whiting)

Push The Boat Out, run by the RYA, is back for 2018 (pic: Emily Whiting)

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RYA's annual initiative to encourage more people onto the water is back

The Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) ‘Push The Boat Out’ initiative is back for another year, with free sailing and windsurfing taster sessions for everyone across the UK throughout the month of May.

The initiative launched in 2011 and has since proved to be a big hit in getting more people to take to the water.

The 2018 event will take place throughout the whole of May and will see clubs and centres across the UK, including many in and around London, holding open days and inviting those who live locally to come and ‘have a go’ at sailing and windsurfing

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.

“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,” said Saskia Clark, who won a sailing gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“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.”

Clubs in London taking part in Push The Boat Out 2018 include: Channel Sailing Club, Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre, Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre, Island Barn Sailing Club, London Corinthian Sailing Club, Minima Yacht Club, Phoenix Outdoor Centre, Sym Sailing Club, Tamesis Club, Thurrock Yacht Club and Twickenham Yacht Club.

For more information about Push The Boat Out 2018, visit rya.org.uk/go/PTBO.

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