FREE and low cost sailing and windsurfing – Push The Boat Out 2015!


Staffordshire sailing clubs and watersports centres open their doors for FREE and low cost sailing and windsurfing as part of national RYA Push The Boat Out 2015!

Between 9-17 May you and your family can ‘have a go’ at a new sport that is much more accessible than you might think, right on your doorstep.

As Gareth Brookes, RYA Regional Development Officer for the Midlands, explains:

“People think sailing is an expensive sport to get into, but the reality in the West Midlands is you don’t even need to own a boat. A family of four can be members of a local club for as little as £10-15 a month, and all clubs have boats you can borrow for a morning, afternoon or evening from as little as £3-5, or sometimes for free, depending on the boat and club or centre.”

RYA Push the Boat Out is a nationwide festival of sailing and windsurfing introducing newcomers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to the sports.

The Staffordshire clubs hosting Push The Boat Out events include Aldridge SC with Walsall Sailability, Chasewater Outdoor Education Centre, Greensforge SC, Manor Park SC, South Staffordshire SC, Rudyard Lake SC and Stanley Sailing Centre. Some 27 clubs and centres across the West Midlands have signed up to Push the Boat Out in total.

Meanwhile, Blithfield SC, near Abbots Bromley, will be holding their traditional annual Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday 4 May, as will Rudyard Lake SC near Leek, whose Push The Boat Out event is a follow up to their Open Day.

All you need for any of the Open Days or ‘try sailing’ sessions are a warm clothes, soft soled shoes and a waterproof and the clubs/centres will provide the rest. Booking is essential for some of the activities. Refreshments will be available and a friendly smile guaranteed as BBQs and other social activities also take place to give newcomers a warm welcome.

Gareth continues:

“We’ve already enjoyed incredible weather this year, and there’s no better way to enjoy the summer than being on the water. Sailing can be as physical or relaxing as you want it, while watching the sun set over the water with a drink after sailing’s done is one of the sport’s hidden appeals. Tens of thousands of people across Britain will be ‘pushing the boat out’ in May, we would love you to amongst them!”

Last year 260 clubs and centres in Britain hosted Push the Boat Out events with 17,000 people trying sailing or windsurfing for the first time over one weekend. For full details on RYA Push The Boat Out 2015 and what’s going on near you visit