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See our Navigation Issues page if you are a small boat user in the Eastern Region area

News Headlines from the Eastern Region

85th Thames Barge Sailing Match

The 85th Thames Sailing Barge Match will take place on Saturday 25th June 2016, with participating vessels departing Gravesend at 06:00 and proceeding to the race start at Mucking No.3 Buoy. The race will include 9 barges together with associated escort and official craft. More details at this link >>

Push the Boat Out Organisers (PTBO) Chance to Win £250

PTBO Organisers have been asked by RYA Hamble to report feedback on their PTBO events with a chance to win £250 towards putting on a Social event to thank all those who helped with their event.
Feedback survey via this link: https://www.research.net/r/PTBOFeedback2016  – your responses will help the RYA to review PTBO 2016 and will shape what and how we do things for PTBO in 2017.
We would urge Eastern Region PTBO Organisers to complete the survey."

Safe Watersports in vicinity of MOD Shoeburyness range

With the summer season approaching fast, it’s timely to remind local sailing clubs and associations of the restrictions on sailing in the vicinity of the Foulness and Maplin Sands. The Range is active Monday to Friday (occasionally at weekends), all year round conducting activities that involve firing and detonating live ammunition, often over long distances, out to sea. More detail at this link >>

Eastern Region Try Sailing

Try SailingDon’t miss the chance to try sailing in this Olympic year when RYA Push the Out returns from 14-22 May! The nationwide ‘have-a-go’ campaign gives all comers the chance to get on the water for free or low cost over nine days from Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 May. Some 44 sailing clubs and centres across the Eastern Region and over 320 nationally will take part, including 7 Norfolk, 10 Suffolk, 16 Essex, 4 Cambridgeshire and 3 Hertfordshire Clubs.

You can find your nearest local event at this link along with the activities, dates, times, locations and what you need to take. All offer watersport taster sessions for those discovering the sport for the first time or for those returning to the sport. Most of the events are free, a few have a minimal charge.

New Eastern Region Planning & Environmental Co-Ordinator takes office from 1st April 2016

After more than 16 years in the post , Chris Edwards is giving up as ERPEC, he will be succeeded by Bob Calver from 1st April. Chris will remain on the Eastern Region Committee as Secretary and Editor of the OnLine NewsLetter.

The National Schools Sailing Association Regatta at Gorleston Sailing Club 24th to 29th July

The 2016 NSSA Regatta is being hosted by the Norfolk Schools Sailing Association at Gorleston Sailing Club for the week from Sunday 24th July to Friday 29th July inclusive. The organisers are appealing for the loan of RIBS as Safety Boats. The contact if you can help with such a loan is: Andy Goff, mobile 07545 484507 or e-mail.

Urgent Notice to all Clubs in the Community Amateur Sports Club Scheme

The period of grace from HMRC for action on the changes to the CASC, is coming to an end on April 1st. Click this link to read the HMRC guidance.

East Anglia ONE Windfarm final investment decision

Following a final investment decision for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, ScottishPower Renewables will now progress with development, aiming to put it into operation by 2020. More details >>

Thames Barrier Closures

The details of the Thames Barrier closure predicted for 2016 are now linked from our Navigation Issues page.

Instructor Training Days

See the Training page for details of the courses being offered in 2016.

Ongoing construction works for the Ipswich Tidal Barrier

Work to construct the Tidal Barrier is ongoing, and will involve some disruption to navigation. Relevant Notices to Mariners can be found on our Navigational Issues page.

Seafront Lagoon in Southend

A huge artificial lagoon is back on the Southend seafront agenda... and is likely to open this summer, costing almost £2 million it is set to 'transform the visitor offer’ to Southend. Read the full story >>

RYA links to activities in 2016

Invasive Species

Non-native invasive species can affect marine operations, block boats’ engine cooling systems, foul hulls and lead to costly repairs. Please report sightings. More details on the problem, and how to report sightings can be found at this link >>

Sailing Taster at Peterborough Sailability

London 2012 Paralympic medalist Niki Birrell is backing a new initiative from sailing’s national governing body, the RYA, to get more people with cerebral palsy into the sport. Read the full story >>