Free sessions open up sailing for all in Staffordshire in May

Monday 10th April 2017

If you thought sailing was something you could never do, five Staffordshire clubs will show you it is with free RYA Push The Boat Out ‘have-a-go’ sessions in May!

Manor Park, Rudyard Lake, North Staffs, Greensforge and Tamworth sailing clubs are all giving you and your family the chance to discover something completely different outdoors at free sailing and windsurfing events from Saturday 13 – Sunday 21 May.

Over 20,000 people of all ages and abilities 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 freedom and buzz of being on the water.

Get ready to Push The Boat Out in Staffordshire in May
Get ready to Push The Boat Out in Staffordshire in May Photo credit: Martin Lilley

You don’t even need a boat to learn to sail locally as clubs have ones you can use, while 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 Brookes, RYA Regional Development Officer for the Midlands, believes Push The Boat Out will change your mind.

He said: “If you want to find a new activity that gets you outdoors, gets the air in your lungs, helps you clear your mind, gives 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.

“Through Push The Boat Out, you will be able to get out on the water with experienced sailors who you will find to be exactly like you in a boat suitable for you. That is why sailing really is one of the most inclusive sports around.

Get ready to Push The Boat Out in Staffordshire in May
You could enjoy sailing with your whole family
Photo credit: Martin Lilley

“Whether you want a leisurely sail with your family, to experience something a bit more high octane or just potter about with your partner, our Staffordshire clubs can offer all of this as well as a brilliant social network in what, for so many people, becomes a genuinely lifelong pastime.”

Don’t worry about kit, packing a lunch or anything else for Push The Boat Out; every event will provide all the equipment you need with refreshments available. So grab a towel and some old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and sail into summer with Push The Boat Out. For full details of your nearest event, including date, time and what’s on offer, visit

For more information:
Karenza Morton
RYA Midlands Regional Communicator
Tel: 07837 707630