Belfast Telegraph

NI sailing clubs inviting the public to learn the ropes


By Adam McKendry

No fewer than 16 sailing clubs across Northern Ireland are preparing to open their doors to the public next week to encourage people to try out the sport.

Each of the clubs across the country will be hosting 'have a go' sessions all next week as part of the Royal Yachting Association's (RYANI) Push the Boat Out scheme, which will aim to get people into the water who haven't been before.

It follows a highly successful turnout at last year's events, which were also backed by RYANI, which saw 770 people participate in the sessions across 13 different clubs.

The sessions are aimed towards those who have never been sailing before, so those who wish to take part don't need to worry about a lack of experience.

RYANI Chief Operating Officer, Richard Honeyford, commented: "Sailing is one of the most inclusive and accessible sports around and sometimes people aren't aware of how close their nearest club is and how affordable the sport is.

"Push the Boat Out is a fantastic way to take the first step and give it a go, we're delighted so many of our clubs and training centres are getting involved in showcasing their facilities."

Equipment will be provided by each club for those participating, and a full list of clubs or centres hosting sessions is available on the RYANI website.

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