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News Headlines from the Eastern Region

RYA President visits Norfolk

hrh-norfolk-2017RYA President, HRH The Princess Royal recently paid a visit to a North Norfolk sailing club, Snettisham Beach SC on East Anglia’s only west facing coastline near Hunstanton, to celebrate completion of a £120,000 refurbishment and extension scheme, funded by Sport England and the National Lottery.

Belgian Red Diesel Battle Heats Up !

Seven British boats (at time of writing) have been fined in the last two weeks for having red diesel in their tanks by Belgian customs authorities in what seems to be an escalation of their determination to stop UK yachtsmen lawfully entering their waters. The RYA has stated that skippers need to realise that the use of red or low-tax diesel in leisure craft is forbidden in Belgium, and that anyone visiting the country with red diesel in their tanks should be aware of the risk of being fined. To do so is the responsibility of the skipper. The CA’s RATS Committee has gone a stage further and advised its members to boycott Belgium altogether. The Dutch and French authorities take a more relaxed attitude to boats arriving with coloured fuels from other countries but warn that such diesel cannot be purchased in their countries. The problem for UK sailors is that few marinas serve white or road diesel, a fact the Belgian authorities choose to ignore.

Best ever 'Push The Boat Out' in Eastern Region

ptbo-may-2017Hundreds of people took to the water for the first time in events held across the region as part of the RYA’s Push the Boat Out  (PTBO) week in May.

In one of the most successful events in the Eastern Region the week of 13 to 21 May saw hundreds of people visit the largest number of clubs to open their doors to newcomers to try sailing. >> Read the Full Story

Push the Boat out in 2018 !!

Push the Boat Out (PTBO) will run for the whole of May in 2018, says the RYA. Such was the success of the week long event this year, with 31,000 people visiting 500 sailing centres, that the scheme is open for longer to encourage even more people to try sailing.

New Adventure Sailing Club begins at Norwich Centre

Whitlingham Outdoor Education CentreWhitlingham Outdoor Education Centre on the outskirts of Norwich has been relaunched as Whitlingham Adventure. As part of the revamp the Centre has relaunched its OnBoard programme as the OnBoard Adventure Club. The OnBoard programme is being run through a club membership scheme, with the youngsters involved join as members, then receive discounted sessions and be part of the Adventure Club community.

Whitlingham’s OnBoard Adventure Clubs takes place every Saturday morning from 10.30am-1pm, open to all those aged 8-18 years with Stage 1 or above.

Click the link to find out more about the OnBoard Adventure Club.

More People take to the Water

New research shows that 3.5 million people (6.7 per cent of UK adults) participated in one or more of 12 core boating activities in 2016, the highest volume recorded since 2009 (3.534 million). An additional 668,828 (1.3 per cent of UK adults) took part in growing watersports activities, a rise of approximately 95,000 more participants. Overall, a total of 4.16 million people (7.9 per cent of UK adults) enjoyed boating and watersports in 2016.  Read more >>

Sailability Groups in the Eastern Region

The map at this link shows the various Sailability Groups that are operating in the Eastern Region area.

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 >>