Want to try something completely different this year? Something to get the air in your lungs, that will let you clear your mind, give your body a bit of a work out and that you can do with your whole family if you wish? Sailing could be your answer.
Sailing? In Birmingham? Yes, you did read that right! And for the nine days from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 May you can try sailing and windsurfing for free or low cost across the city with RYA Push The Boat Out 2017.
RYA Push The Boat Out is all about getting people afloat who might never have known there was even the chance to try sailing near them.
Your idea of sailing might be big, expensive yachts and a life on the ocean waves. But over 20,000 people regularly go down to their local sailing club every month across the Midlands, sailing small sailboats or windsurfing on the region’s reservoirs, lakes and rivers and just loving the buzz of being on the water. You could be one of them.
“Whatever you think about sailing, Push The Boat Out will change your mind,” Gareth Brookes, RYA Midlands Regional Development Officer, explains.
“You will be able to get out on the water with experienced sailors that you will find to be exactly like you in a boat which is suitable for you, whatever your age, ability or experience. That is why sailing is one of the most inclusive sports around. You might want a leisurely sail with your family, to experience something a bit more high octane or just potter about with your partner, and you do can all of this.”
Last year there were no fewer than seven Push The Boat Out events in Birmingham with a similar number expected again this year. Don’t worry about kit, packing a lunch or anything else; every Push The Boat Out event will provide all the equipment you need with refreshments available.
You will also discover you don’t even need a boat to learn to sail locally, as the area’s clubs and centres have ones you can use, and if your whole family found you enjoyed messing about in boats so much you wanted to join a local club it could cost just £20 a month, or even less, for all of you. Still think sailing isn’t for you?
Gareth added: “Sailing has benefitted from significant investment from the RYA and Sport England in the past four years. Many clubs now have excellent, accessible clubhouse facilities, which include comfortable lounges, up-to-date changing areas and rooms dedicated to learning to sail and knowledge improvement. You will discover all this at Push The Boat Out.”
So grab a towel and some old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and sail into summer with Push The Boat Out. Find your nearest event at www.rya.org.uk/PTBO2017