RYA - Royal Yachting Association

06/08/2019 | News release | Archived content

Cambridgeshire Pushes the Boat Out with Try Sailing Activities in May

The RYA's national Push the Boat Out (PTBO) campaign aims to get more people on-the-water, having fun and getting active outdoors. The month of open days and 'have a go' taster sessions has once again seen thousands of people get afloat at their local PTBO venue.

Visitors to Grafham Water Sailing Club's Push The Boat Out event had a great time trying out a variety of dinghies, windsurfers, cruisers and catamarans despite the breeze and cold, whilst Hunts Sailing Club welcomed a number of visitors to enjoy a taste of sailing. Paxton Lakes Sailing Club's Push the Boat Out event was a success, with around 75 people on the water, many for the first time, with several attendees signing up for membership and courses. On the second bank holiday of the month, Grafham Water Centre's Open Day coincided with their 50th Anniversary Celebrations, enjoying a fantastic day in which they saw lots of people on the water for the first time. Other events included Ely Sailing Club and Cam Sailing Club & Cambridge Motor Boat Club.

RYA Programmes Manager, Michelle Gent commented: 'It's fantastic to hear that so many people have been able to take this opportunity to get active on the water and involved with our sport. The feedback we have started to receive is really positive, with many clubs welcoming new members and visitors returning to keep sailing.

'Once again, we are hugely grateful to all the clubs, centres and volunteers around the UK, who have dedicated so much time and effort to make these events happen - it simply wouldn't be possible without your support.'

Try Sailing this Summer

If you missed Push the Boat Out, it's not too late to start your boating adventure.

Supported by the RYA, some 08 venues will be hosting Try Sailing events across the East.

For more information visit To find out more about how to get started on the water this summer, visit