Push the Boat Out 2015


Sailing enthusiast, Steve Gibbon, Chairman of the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) North East Region, will be swapping his boat for a bike over the early May Bank Holiday when he cycles 300 miles in four days, visiting sailing clubs in the north east and raising money for charity along the way.

From 1 to 4 May Steve will cycle all the way down the coast from Berwick Sailing Club to Scaling Dam, via the Shields Ferry and the Tees Transporter Bridge, then over the North Pennines to Teesdale and Derwent Reservoir, finally arriving at Kielder Water Sailing Club on Bank Holiday Monday.

"I hope this RYA North East cycling marathon will raise awareness of the fabulous sailing facilities in our region," said Steve Gibbon. "Over £500,000 has been invested in clubs and equipment over the past few years and the aim is to encourage people, young and old, to Push The Boat Out and give sailing a go."

"Push The Boat Out is a great opportunity to get out and try sailing or windsurfing at a local club which will give you a warm welcome and help to get you started in the sport and we will be raising money for Ocean Youth Trust North as we cycle along."

Steve's "Push The Boat Out" Cycle Ride timetable (approximate timings, subject to weather, conditions and energy levels!!)

Start (Friday 1 May) – 08.30 Berwick Sailing Club - START

12.00 – Coquet Shorebase Trust, Amble

12.30 - Coquet Yacht Club, Amble

15.00 – Newbiggin by the Sea Sailing Club

17.30 – Tynemouth Sailing Club

19.00 – Royal Quays Marina, BBQ

Saturday 2 May

Saturday interview with BBC Radio Newcastle 0745 approx

Leave RQ Marina 08.45

09.15 – South Shields Sailing Club

12.00 – Tees & Hartlepool YC

18.00 – Scaling Dam Sailing Club

Sunday 3 May

Leave Scaling Dam SC 08.00

17.00 – Teesdale Sailing Club

Monday 4 May

12.00 – Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club

17.00 – Arrive Kielder Water Sailing Club - FINISH

The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Push the Boat Out initiative is now in its fourth year and is gathering strength every year. Open days and sailing events will take place from Saturday 9 May to Sunday 17 May and to find out when your local club is holding its open day you can enter your postcode at www.rya.org.uk/go/ptbo or visit this site here for more details.

You will see a full list of all your local events with contact details, dates and times.

RYA Push the Boat Out offers nationwide sailing and windsurfing taster sessions, introducing newcomers of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to the sports. Last year 260 clubs and centres in Britain hosted Push the Boat Out events and over 17,000 people tried sailing or windsurfing for the first time.

Each open day and taster session will be different depending on the activities each club or centre offers, but all Push the Boat Out events will show what the sports are all about, from the freedom of being on the water to the social buzz of club life and will highlight just how accessible sailing actually is to everyone.

All you need for any of the Open Days or ‘have a go’ sessions are a change of clothes, soft soled shoes and a towel, the clubs/centres will provide everything else. Although many events are free, 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.

Go on, Push the Boat Out and give it a go!!



For further media information:

Liz King

RYA Regional Communicator

Tel: 0191 237 7746

Mobile: 07850 819804

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I am undertaking a 300 mile cycle round the region’s clubs this coming weekend (1-4 May 2015). This includes over the 4 days, visits to Berwick SC, Coquet Shorebase Trust, Coquet Yacht Club, Newbiggin SC, Tynemouth SC, Ocean Youth Trust at Royal Quays on Friday, Saturday at South Shields  SC, Tees and Hartlepool YC and Scaling Dam SC. Sunday will see me reach Teesdale SC and on Monday (if still in one piece) I will be reaching Derwent Reservoir SC and Kielder Water SC.

A detailed itinerary with approximate timings at your club is available  - look for PTBO in the left hand navigation menu. If you want to experience sailing, perhaps for the first time, or are thinking of coming back to sailing after a break, why not use the itinary to find a club near you to pop along and see what's happening. You will be most welcome.

As I undertake this trip I am raising money for the Ocean Youth Trust North to help those from a more disadvantaged background experience sailing, usually for the first time. I have a Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/OYT-North and would love to see donations from club members. You and your club members are welcome to join us at Royal Quays for a BBQ hosted by the OYT on Friday evening after about 6:30pm. By the time I arrive I will have completed the first day and 97 miles so would welcome some food and a drink with you. This is a great opportunity to support OYT, meet some of its leaders and volunteers and members from other clubs. A small but not compulsory donation to OYT for the BBQ would be most welcome to reduce costs.

If you or any of your members want to join me for the ride or even a part of it (from to to your club say) please let me know or find me en route via the approximate itinerary on the web site.

I look forward to seeing some of you as I get round the region and hope some of you will join us on Friday evening. Listen out for me on Radio Newcastle (to be confirmed around 0745 on Saturday) and Liz King our Regional Communicator is working hard to promote this and your own club’s PTBO event in all of the local and regional media. As you know I will be photographed at every club (hopefully with your PTBO banner and some activity going on) and we will be using this in the PR associated with the event. Use this on your websites and FB pages as well as the RYA NE FB page as you wish to help spread the word.

I hope you have a successful PTBO event, please recirculate this email and use it on your FB pages.

Many thanks Steve Gibbon

Want to experience sailing - perhaps for the first time. Taken a break from sailing and want to look at some of the local clubs and what they have to offer? That would be fantastic. Push the Boat Out week is for you with events taking place throughout clubs in the Nort hEast between the 9th and 17th May 2015. The attached document has details of events and contacts taking place in the region over this period at Berwick, Amble, Newbiggin, Tynemouth, South Shields, Hartlepool, Scaling Dam, Teesdale, Derwent Reservoir and Kielder. Something for all of the family througout the region.

I hope you have a great time visiting one of our clubs and getting on the water. No gear needed - please contact the club contact if you are not sure about anything.