PUSH THE BOAT OUT 2017 TO BE BIGGER THAN EVER FOR ISLAND CLUBS

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6 sailing clubs across the Isle of Wight will be giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get out on the water and discover a new sport with RYA Push the Boat Out in May.

The nationwide event returns for 9 days this year from 13st-21st May and will see thousands of people having a go at sailing and windsurfing at free and low cost taster sessions across the Island at Brading Haven YC, Gurnard SC, Royal Victoria YC, Island SC, Shanklin SC and Yarmouth SC.

Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development explains:

“During the 2 weekends and 5 weekdays, more sailing clubs and centres than ever before will be showcasing what the sport has to offer, from the freedom of being on the water to the social buzz, the thrill of racing and the fact that there really is something for everyone.

“Sailing is such an accessible sport and many people aren’t aware of the opportunities available close to them or how affordable the sport can be, even for the whole family. Push the Boat Out is all about making that connection and we’re delighted to have so many venues taking part this year”.

Over 90,000 people have experienced sailing at Push the Boat Out events since 2013 with hundreds becoming members of sailing clubs and signing up for courses.

Dinghies and keelboats are available to try out with experienced club sailors on hand to show you the ropes and clubhouses are even offering tea and refreshments. To find out the detailed itinerary and the date that each club will run their Push the Boat Out Day visit www.rya.org.uk/ptbo for more information.

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