RYA 'Push the boat out' - May 2015

Clacton Sailing Club took part in the RYA National 'Push the Boat Out' event last weekend and offered complete novices the chance to sail for the first time as guests of the club.

Nicola Maynard & William Stacey Push The Boat Out 2015

Pictured above: Nicola Maynard delights in discovering dinghy sailing for the first time with helm William Stacey

After some informal tuition members of the public were  teamed-up with experienced club members and set sail on a variety of dinghies and catamarans. 

Pippa Kerner & Pete Boxer Push the Boat Out

Pippa Kerner & Pete Boxer 2 Push the Boat Out 2015

Pictured above: Pippa Kerner being shown the ropes before sailing on a catamaran for the first time.

Personal equipment of wetsuits, boots and buoyancy aids were available to borrow and both the clubs rescue boats were afloat to help with supervision.

Elizabeth Tidman & William Stacey Push The Boat Out 2015

Pictured above: Elizabeth Tidiman (10) trying out dinghy sailing for the first time under the care of William Stacey.

In the event the conditions were perfect with warm southerly winds blowing over calm seas and the enthusiasm was infectious.  

Robin Kerner & Pete Boxer Push the Boat Out 2015

Pictured above: Robin Kerner heads out onboard a catamaran for the first time with Peter Boxer

Everyone who tried agreed sailing was great fun and with some of the best beaches on the East Coast on our doorsteps seemed determined to come again.