Get on board for a new adventure and Push The Boat Out across Staffordshire in May

Monday 8th April 2019

There is something for everyone as you and your family are invited to Push The Boat Out and try sailing or windsurfing for free in Staffordshire in May.

At least eight venues are hosting Push The Boat Out events around Staffordshire throughout the month. These are:

 

  • Blithfield Sailing Club (Blithfield Reservoir, near Kings Bromley)
  • Manor Park Sailing Club (Kings Bromley, Abbots Bromley)
  • Rudyard Lake Sailing Club (Rudyard Lake, near Leek)
  • North Staffs Sailing Club (Stanley Pool, Stoke-on-Trent)
  • South Staffordshire Sailing Club (Gailey Reservoir, near Cannock)
  • The Chase Sailing Club (Chasewater, Chasetown)
  • Tamworth Sailing Club (Kingsbury Water Park, Tamworth)
  • Greensforge Sailing Club (Calf Heath Reservoir, near Penkridge)

 

More events could be added too. Find the dates and full details of your nearest Push The Boat Out event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo and get on board for a new adventure!

 

Father and son sailing

Father and son, Dave and Finn Morgan Push The Boat Out at South Staffs Sailing Club

 

Getting active outdoors is proven to positively impact physical and mental health and getting on the water is something all the family can benefit from. Enjoy the freedom of being afloat, the challenge and achievement of learning a new skill and the many new friends you will meet. Meanwhile, youngsters can develop heaps of positive life skills, like confidence, independence and teamwork, which they will take into all other areas of their lives.

Gareth Brookes, RYA Midlands Regional Development Officer, said: “There has never been a better time to get active afloat. With so much focus on physical and mental wellbeing, being on the water gives everyone a chance to get away from modern life, spend time with the family, have fun with friends and just enjoy the feeling of being in the fresh air and closer to nature. Push The Boat Out lets you discover that all for free.”

 

Sailing

Getting ready to Push The Boat Out at Rudyard Lake SC (credit Martin Lilley)

 

Push The Boat Out aims to make the water accessible to everyone of any age, background and ability. All kit and safety equipment is provided so just bring a pair of old trainers you don’t mind getting wet and your sense of fun. Refreshments will be available with a host of shoreside activities and entertainment to enjoy too.

Almost 22,000 people regularly go along to their local sailing club every month across the Midlands, getting on the water in small sailboats or windsurfing on the region’s reservoirs, lakes and rivers. Last year a whopping 39,000 people ‘pushed the boat out’ at over 500 sailing and windsurfing ‘have a go’ sessions throughout the UK.

For full details visit www.rya.org.uk/ptbo