The nationwide ‘START BOATING’ campaign will be stopping off at the Düsseldorfer Yachtclub e.V. on 2 and 3 September 2017 following its successful launch last year. It is the event where newcomers and anybody else who is interested can enjoy a free trip on the River Rhine to find out if they are interested in boating activities. “We were already able to inspire many participants and create the foundations for a new fantastic hobby last year. We want to continue this successful course!” The organiser Lars Thierling explains.
The variety of boating sport activities may be experienced from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. on both days of the event. START BOATING is the event for newcomers and enthusiasts to take the helm themselves. Participants may book different types of boats in advance and free of charge – a variety of boat sizes ranging from four to nine metres in length is available to choose from. The motors used on the boats are as diverse as the boats themselves: the spectrum ranges from 10 kW electric motors that do not require licences to 201 kW powerful inboard engines. So there is (almost) no limit to the boating fun to be had. But the fun does not stop with the boating trips: Face painting, lifeline throwing and a bouncy castle will also be available for young visitors to enjoy.
Established by the Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V. (BVWW) and supported by boot Düsseldorf and others, the campaign's aim is to ‘get young people to enjoy boating activities’ as Jürgen Tracht, Managing Director of the BVWW, explains. “We are inviting everyone to experience the fascination of getting up close to these activities with START BOATING: By themselves, with family or friends. We want to create unforgettable moments on the water for newcomers and so stimulate their interest in more.”
Petros Michelidakis, Director of boot Düsseldorf: “START BOATING is an excellent entry point for watersports enthusiasts as well as for people of all ages who have not previously had the opportunity or even the courage to take the helm into their own hands. This campaign hopes to be the foundation for future activities. We're looking forward to this exciting project!”
People who are interested may register for a free trip and choose the type of boat they want to try out at the campaign's website, which is www.start-boating.de. Professional skippers will be accompanying the participants and sharing valuable tips with them.
Open Day at the Düsseldorfer Yachtclub
In addition to the START BOATING event, the Düsseldorfer Yachtclub e.V. is also inviting people to this year's Open Day. The club will, among other things, be offering sailing trips for children in the marina, boat shows on the club premises and lots of tips and advice. Particularly interesting for START BOATING participants: if they want to find out more about ‘life on the water’ after their successful trip on the River Rhine, they will be able to discover more about the different types of boating licences that are available immediately afterwards at the yacht club. Pure water fun on the first weekend in September!