Special event to mark Sidmouth Sailing Club’s 80th

Sidmouth Sailing Club is joing the RYA's Push the Boat Out initiative to help residents take to the

Sidmouth Sailing Club is joing the RYA's Push the Boat Out initiative to help residents take to the water. Photo credit: John Jones - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Sailing Club is pushing the boat out to celebrate its 80th birthday by encouraging more people to take up the sport.

The club is keen to introduce more people from the community to the world of sailing by holding an open day full of activities and taster sessions.

The event is part of the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) Push the Boat Out initiative, with more than 350 clubs across the UK taking part.

Commodore Simon White said: “We are delighted to be taking part.

“We want to show that sailing is fun, accessible and inexpensive. We are inviting the local community to come down to the club and have a go at sailing and see what we have to offer.”

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The club is offering taster sessions to everyone aged 10 and above, as well as a number of shore-based displays, including a practical knots challenge and nautical treasure hunt. The event will take place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, May 14.

Last year, more than 24,000 newcomers attended events around the country.

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Jackie Bennetts, RYA Club support advisor, said: “RYA Push the Boat Out is all about getting people out on the water locally and giving them the chance to find out just how easy it is to get involved in sailing and windsurfing.”

To book a session, email vicecommodore@sidmouthsailing.org.uk or by text to 07765 656920. Consent forms signed by parents will be necessary for all under-18s.

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