Video above by Kathrin Gerber
More than 100 sailing enthusiasts took part in Tamesis Club’s Push the Boat Out day on Saturday 13 May. The RYA sponsored event was blessed by near perfect conditions with a light westerly wind and warm sunshine marred by occasional spots of rain from passing clouds.
Experienced helmsmen took newcomers sailing in boats of many sizes including the latest design National 18, a Wayfarer, Merlin Rockets, Lasers, Mirrors and Toppers. They were supervised by three of the club’s safety boats which were occasionally called on to rescue several over enthusiastic teenagers who capsized or fell overboard. Most were wearing wet suits and the wearing of lifejackets was compulsory.
About 40 of the participants were new to sailing and all seemed to be enjoying themselves. The team on the barbecue provided lunch for all, with a selection of dishes, and many ate their food sitting at tables on the lawn or on the bench seats alongside the river, as they watched the sailing.
Guests were welcomed by the registration team along with many other volunteers.
The Commodore, Carolyne Vines thanked everyone in the following e mail:
I just wanted to thank everyone for their massive support today at the Push the Boat Out open day, including the RYA for their inspiration, media support and excellent publicity materials. They were responsible for the marvellous banners at the end of Trowlock Way, and the one on the river side of the clubhouse.
We had at least 60 visitors registering, and about 50 going out on the water. The club was packed with people having a great time on and off the water. We had 6 families joining today, which is really good. There are others who are either enrolling other family members, or just thinking about it. We will have a good number of students for Eric Finlayson.
I can’t possibly name all the helpers, so I won’t even try. They encompass the leafleters, those who spread the word by electronic means and by just telling friends, and relatives, the registration desk, chat up team, beach masters, bbq and kitchen team, clothing team, photographers, boatmen in the launch and dories, and of course all the helms who took visitors out, either in club boats, or their own boat, and rigged and derigged boats, cleaned up the hard, mowed the grass, put the banners up, did the artwork for the leaflets, did the report for the website and generally helped in ways I wasn’t aware of.
The visitors were all impressed by our friendliness. I was, as always, impressed by members’ enthusiasm, cooperation, and hard work.
The fantastic bbq served about 115 – meals – amazing, they kept going long after 2.30
Lots of people were taking photos and videos. I will be doing a report for the RYA, and I will need a variety. Please could you send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you everyone