Sailing clubs in Northumberland are inviting people to join them on the water next month.
A series of open days are being held to encourage all-comers to try sailing as part of a national Push the Boat Out campaign by the Royal Yachting Association.
New research by the RYA shows that a quarter of people have never tried an outdoor pursuit, yet two in four want to be more active and nearly a third want to get more fresh air.
Sam Usher, RYA Regional Development Officer for the North East, said: “So many people still don’t realise how easy it can be to get into sailing and windsurfing, and that you don’t even need to own a boat or board as clubs and centres have ones you can borrow or hire.
“Once you’ve learned the ropes, you can sail on your own or with your partner, friends or kids in dinghies or big boats, inland or on the coast. And after you’ve given your mind and body an on-the-water workout, nothing beats having a drink by the water on warm summer evenings.”
Free sailing sessions are also being offered by Newbiggin by the Sea Sailing Club, which is holding Push the Boat Out days on Saturday, May 12, and Saturday, May 19.
Also holding an open day will be Coquet Shorebase at Druridge Bay Country Park near Morpeth, with sailing taster sessions for £3 a go on Sunday, May 27.
Sailing kit and safety equipment is provided and no experience is needed. Refreshments will be available.
For anyone interested in cruising, Kielder Yacht Club is inviting visitors to call in for a chat and a cuppa to find out about its facilities from Friday, May 11, to Sunday, May 13.
RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson said: “If you’re looking for something completely different to do with the family, a workout in the fresh air or perhaps to get back out on the water after having a break, then pop down to your local sailing club or centre during May and ‘Push the Boat Out’.”
Find all the details for your nearest Push The Boat Out event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo