Landlubbers invited to push the boat out

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Push the boat out and head to Oban Sailing Club later this month.

The club in Gallanach Road is inviting people of all ages to come and try both dinghy and keelboat sailing and powerboating for free on Saturday May 18.

Whether you’re completely new to the sport or looking to get back on the water, the Royal Yachting Association’s Push the Boat Out day is the perfect time to give it a go.

The nationwide event will see thousands of people taking part in sailing or windsurfing activities, with open days and taster sessions taking place at hundreds of sailing clubs and centres.

‘We’re inviting the local community to come down to have a go and
see what the Oban Sailing Club has to offer and get involved. Who knows, you might just get hooked!” said Iain Campbell, the club commodore.

The event starts at 10am with lots of activities on offer until around 4pm.

Scout groups will also be joining the event this year, added Mr Campbell.

Sailing can be as physical or as relaxing as you want to make it, you can sail with others or on your own, do it competitively or potter about and just enjoy the gentle escape of being outside in the elements.

Oban Sailing Club was formed in 1935 and it is hoped the taster day will boost membership.

Last year’s Push the Boat Out event also saw the public get a chance to row in a skiff. Oban’s lifeboat, the Mora Edith MacDonald, a Trent-class all-weather vessel, also put in an appearance for people to take a peek aboard and inside.

On Monday evenings, the club hosts Monday Mayhem fun sessions where a lot of its young club members and parents get out on the water.