Royal Yachting Association says- First timers, come sail with us!

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At Britain's Royal Yachting Association (RYA) they know that sailing is a sport for all and they want to prove it! They are looking for people who’ve never been out on a boat or windsurfer but would love to. They want to take them out on the water, film their first day and show just how easy it is to get hooked.

Anyone can get on the water and the RYA is looking for a range of first timers, young people, families, pensioners, regular gym users or exercise avoiders, hardworking mums, overworked business types or curious hobby seekers. Give us one day and we’ll show you why sailing is one of the greatest sports to be a part of.

Fantastic opportunities are available for selected first timers to enjoy a free local sailing or windsurfing experience with expert tuition.

The footage will be used to create a series of short films about people taking to the water for the very first time and will feature 'real life' experiences.

These films will encourage other boating first timers to take part in RYA Push the Boat Out -a weekend of ‘have a go’ and taster sessions taking place at sailing clubs and centres across the country on 17-18 May, which are part of National Watersports Month.

To apply, email with contact details, address, a photo and 100 words on why you’d like to try sailing or windsurfing for the first time. Applicants should be available for one day between 22 April-02 May. Full details are on RYA web site.

The closing date for entries is 18 April 2014.

For more information about RYA Push the Boat Out and how to get involved visit

National Watersports month is an initiative by the RYA, British Marine Federation (BMF), British Canoe Union (BCU), British Rowing and British Water Ski & Wakeboard (BWSW) to encourage the nation to get on the water with a month-long schedule of activities.