News from around the Eastern Region

Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year Competition

Club of the YearApplications for the RYA Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year Competition are now open. Get your applications in by 20 November 2017. There are five categories, the winners of which will be judged a second time to find a national winner. The categories are Innovation; Inclusivity, Facility Development, Increasing Participation, and Communications. The results will be announced at the RYA Dinghy Show at the beginning of March 2018. Go to this link for full details and application forms.

Honda Youth RIB needs a home

Make a note in your diary; the 2018 eastern region final of the Honda Youth RIB Challenge will be held on either the 1st or 2nd September 2018 at a venue to be agreed. For more details of the Challenge, or to offer to run a heat or the final at your club, contact Garth Cooper on 01362 699295 or 07836 530970 or e-mail.

RYA Dinghy Show tickets now on sale

Dinghy ShowTickets are now on sale for the RYA Dinghy Show 2018, presented by Suzuki in association with Yachts & Yachting and Gill, at Alexandra Palace on 3rd and 4th March. Olympic gold and silver medallist Saskia Clark and Olympic sailor and sports presenter Stevie Morrison will host the Suzuki Main stage events and the coaching area throughout the weekend.

Advance tickets are available at a special discount rate of £10.00 for RYA members and £12.50 for non-members. RYA clubs can also take advantage of a special discount price of £10.00 when booking six tickets or more; and up to four children go free with each paying adult! Call the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069. For all the latest news and information visit or follow us on Facebook or on twitter@dinghyshow

RYA sells Kill Cords

Kill CordYou can now buy a range of manufactures own brand kill cords for outboards and sports boat engines through the RYA Shop. In a deal with big brands like Honda, Barrus, Tohatsu and Yamaha you can now buy in one handy place. The RYA advises checking your kill cords regularly for signs of wear and tear as they can become stretched or brittle over time.
If your kill cord has lost its spiral tension (pictured) it’s time to replace it. Rachel Andrews, RYA Chief Instructor for Power Cruising and Motor, advises: “Look for signs of wear, rust and reduced elasticity in order to replace them in good time. When replacing kill cords, purchase the engine manufacturer’s own kill cord and we recommend not leaving kill cords out in the elements as extremes of temperature and UV light will harm the lanyard in the long term.”

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.


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.


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