News from around the Eastern Region

Stone Sailing Club’s newest member is a winner

David Ward with Stone SC’s new safety boatDavid Ward, from Braintree in Essex, is Stone Sailing Club’s newest member and he won them a new Rigiflex Newmatic 360 safety boat and trailer at this year’s RYA Dinghy Show in the Suzuki Safety Boat Competition. The new boat is powered by a Suzuki 9hp outboard and comes mounted on a trailer from Extreme Trailers.

Photo shows David with Stone SC’s new safety boat.

Lobster Pots Update

The RYA’s campaign to get lobster and crab pots properly marked has borne fruit. With over10,500 signatures the petition has been accepted by the Petitions Committee, which may press for Government action in the light of further investigation and evidence. If the number of signatures reaches 100,000 then the Committee will consider it for a Parliamentary debate. The RYA Fishing Gear Incident Reporting Form is available. Details are available of the rules governing the marketing of fishing gear. A study of this document will show that few pot markers come anywhere near the required legal standard.

RYA East’s Pilotage Quiz

Nigel Tomson of Royal Harwich YC won a signed copy of East Coast Pilot donated by Imray in RYA East’s pilotage quiz run on the region’s stand at the Woolverstone Project/CA Cruising Conference held at the Royal Hospital School (RHS) on Sunday 11 March 2018. Nigel was just one of some 80 people who filled in the quiz form. He sails a Hallberg Rassy 31 out of Woolverstone. >> Read the Full Story.

Daisy Collingridge is RYA East Youth Champion

Daisy CollingridgeDaisy Collingridge from Suffolk, a member of Waldringfield Sailing Club, has won the RYA Regional Youth Champion Award for the East Region.
Daisy received her trophy on Sunday 4 March at the RYA Dinghy Show 2018.

In just one year Daisy (18) has achieved significant results in the Laser Radial, including a bronze medal in the World Sailing Youth World Championships; the first GBR medal in the Radial girls since Ali Young in 2005. She also finished 2nd overall in the Under 19 RYA Youth National Championships and 9th in the Ladies Radial Youth World Championships 2017.

Daisy said of her success: “It feels amazing to be presented with the award as a sailor, but ultimately this award celebrates Waldringfield Sailing Club where I learnt to sail, and I have received outstanding support over the last year – especially at the ISAF Youth Worlds."

Volunteer Awards

Nominations for the RYA Volunteer Awards must be in by Tuesday 3rd April 2018, latest. The RYA Awards recognise the contribution volunteers make at either regional or national level. In the past the Family Award and the Youth category of the Community Awards have been under-represented. Details of all the award categories and an online nomination form are available on the RYA website.

Dave Williamson steps down as RYA Board chairman

Dave WilliamsonDave Williamson has announced that he will step aside as chairman of the Board of Directors of the RYA. John Scott, the Senior Independent Director on the Board, will serve as an interim chairman.

At a recent meeting of the Board, Dave Williamson announced his decision to step aside from the position of chairman, which he has held since November 2015, because of increasing demands on the position as the RYA enters a new phase.

The position of RYA chairman will be advertised in due course and interested candidates can submit an initial expression of interest to .

Survey shows we could do better

The Eastern Region club communication and satisfaction survey carried out recently on Survey Monkey showed the Eastern Regional Committee (ERC) is valued by clubs. There was, however, a feeling among respondents that the committee needed to market itself more affectively. Clubs also said they’d like to see more of ERC officers on the ground, and many said they didn’t know who was their local association rep on the ERC. In response, clubs are being encouraged to add a strap to their website home pages “(name) club is affiliated to The RYA and is a member of (name) local area association”. Clubs are also being encouraged to appoint a Club Communicator to liaise with their local association and the ERC. Full results at this link.

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