NEW research commissioned by boating’s national governing body – the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) – shows 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.
There has never been a better time to get active afloat as RYA Push The Boat Out gives everyone across Worcestershire the chance to give sailing and windsurfing a go for free or at low cost throughout the whole of May.
No fewer than five venues are hosting Push The Boat Out events in Worcestershire – Arden Sailing Club in Defford, Aztec Adventure at Upton Warren, Trimpley Sailing Club, Severn Sailing Club and Barnt Green Sailing Club.
Gareth Brookes, RYA Regional Development Officer for the Midlands, said: “So many people still don’t realise they can go sailing or windsurfing on their doorstep 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. 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.”
Kit and safety equipment is provided at Push The Boat Out events, so just bring a pair of old trainers. There will also be a host of shoreside activities and entertainment to enjoy too. For full details, visit www.rya.org.uk/ptbo.