[N]ew 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.
The good news is there’s never been a better time to get out on the water and give sailing and windsurfing a go. RYA Push the Boat Out is back and this time for the whole of May with free sailing and windsurfing taster sessions
Sailing clubs and centres across Cumbria are set to welcome families and individuals young or old who want to get active out on the water.
Visitors will be taken out with experienced sailors.
In Cumbria sessions are being held at:
Arnside Sailing Club will take people out at high tide between 11am and 1pm on Bank Holiday Monday 28 May and youngsters will also be able to sail at low tide between 3.30pm and 5pm
Bassenthwaite Sailing Club will take visitors out sailing between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 12 May
Coniston Sailing Club have their taster event on Saturday 19 May from 10.30am-4pm.
Glennridding Sailing Centre are holding sailing experiences from 10am-5pm on Saturdays 5, 12 and 19 May.
Killington Sailing Association are offering taster sessions from 11am-3.30pm on Sunday 20 May.
South Windermere Sailing Club will take visitors sailing on Saturday 12 May 10am-4pm.
Ullswater Yacht Club have taster sails for children and adults on Saturday 19 May from 12.30pm-4pm.
Whitehaven Sailing and Boating Association depending on weather will take people out on Saturday 19 May from 10.am to 4pm.
Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre will have free tasters on Bank Holiday Saturday 26 May 10am-4pm.
“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”, says Adam McGovern, North West Regional Development Officer for the RYA. “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”.
“We’re delighted that Push the Boat Out is running for the whole of May,” said RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson.
All venues advise visitors to wear clothes and footwear that won’t spoil if they get wet. A towel and a change of clothes are a good idea. 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.
If you’d like to find out more about how to get out on the water and start your sailing adventure visit www.rya.org.uk/PTBO
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