On 13th May 2015 TCYC held its first Push the Boat Out event at Coombe Cellars. The club was attended by 15 visitors, 12 of whom were taken out in dinghies onto the Teign Estuary where they experienced sailing under perfect conditions. Two Wayfarer dinghies were employed, the first being the recently restored Team Wayfarer and the second belonging to a member who had kindly allowed it to be used for Push the Boat Out. The Wayfarers were skippered by Sam Sale and by Ben Flower. Peter Hearn and David Northcott manned the safety boat. Neil Howard and David Eeles performed beach duties. Don Harrison gave a history of the club and instructed the visitors on safety and sailing principles. He also issued certificates to the visitors who had participated in the event. A good time was had by all. The visitors all seemed to enjoy their visit and several took away countersigned membership applications.
The Clubhouse had been visited by our cleaners in the morning and presented a very good impression. The outside reception area was freshly brushed down by the members present and again looked very tidy. A sample of club boats, including the loaned Wayfarer was drawn up and is featured in the attached picture. The Wayfarers each took out three visitors at a time and ,
where they were able, turns were taken to helm the boats. The second picture shows the two Wayfarers with filled sails being monitored by the safety boat.
Many of the visitors stated their intention to take up sailing and to apply for training courses. Some were interested in the Team Wayfarer movement in the club as a way to gain confidence by crewing with other members. This has also born out the probability that there are members who are not confident in going out on their own and would benefit from crewing with other members. The sports boat was also an interest to some of the younger visitors as a future goal.