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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