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News Headlines from the Eastern Region

Norfolk Broads Yacht Club success with Try Sailing for Free

Over 100 visitors took to the water when the RYA teamed up with Norfolk Broads Yacht Club (NBYC) for a Try Sailing day on 2 July 2016. Read the full story >>

Active Norfolk/RYA Sailing Workplace Challenge Regatta Saturday 18th June

active-norfolk-2016The event marked the culmination of weeks of training for sixteen teams from workplaces across Norfolk.  Each team of three had learned to sail in six weeks at Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, Whitlingham Outdoor Education Centre or Norfolk Broads Yacht Club. The sessions were set up and funded through a link between Active Norfolk and the RYA, and the National Workplace Challenge initiative, which aims to engage workplaces in sport and physical activity. More details at this link >>

RYA Statement on Impact of the UK Referendum Vote to Leave the EU

The important statement by the RYA is in the latest RYA Cruising News of July 2016 and on the RYA website at this link. It includes views on the impact Brexit will have on boating activities.

Honda Youth RIB Regional Final

Young powerboaters from across the Eastern Region will hit the water for the area final of the Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship at Fishers Green Sailing Club in the scenic Lee Valley Regional Park on 2 July 2016. Read the full story >>

Youngsters from Chernobyl

Chernobyl YoungstersSince 2013, Horning Sailing Club (HSC) has welcomed between eight and ten Russian children for a sailing experience each year as part of the club’s RYA OnBoard activities.

The young people live in the red danger zone near Belarus, which still suffers from the fallout of the nuclear reactor, despite April 2016 marking the 30th Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

More details at this link >>

Try Sailing for Free at :

Alton Water Sports Centre invites you to try sailing and Windsurfing for free on 25 June and 17 September. More details at this link >>

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 >>

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.

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 >>

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 >>