Push the Boat Out at 50 Scottish clubs and centres in 2018
A record 50 clubs and training centres across Scotland are getting ready to Push the Boat Out again. The annual RYA campaign encourages people to try sailing and windsurfing at one of numerous open day events held throughout May.
Over the past five years, the number of participating Push the Boat Out locations has increased annually. Last year, 42 clubs got involved in the campaign.
Participating clubs and centres range from as far afield as Orkney Sailing Club to inland venues such as Annandale Sailing Club near Lockerbie.
Skye Sailing Club is hosting the furthest west event, while Rosehearty Boat Club the most easterly.
Each event is different and there is something for everyone, from families and children to young professionals, couples and retirees. The taster sessions are free or low cost.
Getting more people on the water
New 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.
Push the Boat Out in May could be your opportunity to be more active outdoors.
Angie Fraser at Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust is helping to coordinate three venues in the north east, Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club, Peterhead Sailing Club and Knockburn Sports Loch.
She said: “Knockburn Loch is a really great venue for families and we’re looking forward to getting everyone afloat, from children to seniors. We’re hoping lots of people will come along to have a go sailing and find out what all the fun is about.”
Duncan Heather from Dundee Sailing Club, which won the RYA Scotland Club of the Year, believes there are many benefits to sailing. He added: “Dinghy sailing is an affordable way to relax, learn new skills and make new friends, while enjoying a beautiful natural environment among the dolphins on the Tay Estuary.
“We offer a friendly, supportive environment to all newcomers wanting to give sailing a try. We will have free taster sails at all mid-week club events in May and at our dedicated Push the Boat Out event on Saturday May 12.”
Liza Linton, RYA Scotland Development Manager, said that a whole month of Push The Boat Out events means even more people can get on the water in 2018.
She said: “Sailing is such an accessible sport and many people aren’t aware of the opportunities available close to them or how affordable the sport can be. Push the Boat Out is all about making that connection.”
What is on offer at Push the Boat Out?
Scotland has some of the best places in the world to go sailing and the conditions are often good throughout May.
The sailing will take place on the sea and lochs across Scotland.
Push the Boat Out events will provide all the safety equipment you need to try the water-based activities and many have refreshments available.
For full details of exactly what is on and when at each participating sailing club and centre, visit www.rya.org.uk/go/PTBO
The clubs taking part:
- Aberdeen & Stonehaven Yacht Club
- Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust
- Annandale Sailing Club
- Banff Sailing Club
- Carnoustie Sailing Club
- Castle Semple Sailing Club
- Clyde Cruising Club
- Clyde windsurfing Club
- Cove Sailing Club
- Cumbernauld Sailing Club
- Dalgety Bay Sailing Club ltd
- Dundee Sailing Club
- East Lothian Yacht Club
- Elie & Earlsferry sailing club
- Fisherrow Yacht Club
- Forfar Sailing Club
- Gairloch Boat Club
- Galloway Activity Centre
- Invergordon Boating Club
- James Hamilton Heritage Park
- Largo Bay Sailing Club
- Loch Ard Sailing Club
- Loch Tummel Sailing Club
- Loch Venachar Sailing Club
- Lochaber Yacht Club
- Longcraig Scout Centre
- Montrose Sailing Club
- Nairn Sailing Club
- NEPTUNE SAILING CLUB
- Newburgh Sailing Club
- Oban Sailing Club
- Orkney Sailing Club
- Pentland Firth Sailing Club
- Peterhead Sailing Club
- Port Edgar Watersports
- Portobello Sailing & Kayaking Club
- Prestwick Sailing Club
- Rosehearty Community Boat Club
- Royal Forth Yacht Club
- Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club
- Royal Tay Yacht Club
- SCC Peterhead
- Skye Sailing Club
- St Andrews Sailing Club
- St Mary’s Loch Sailing Club
- Strathclyde Loch Sailing Club
- Tarbert Loch Fyne Yacht Club
- Toward Sailing Club
- West Lothian Sailing Club
- Wormit Boating Club