News from around the Eastern Region

Essex Girl Wins Top Sailing Award

Hannah Stodel with HRH the Princess RoyalFour time Paralympian, Hannah Stodel, is the RYA Yachtmaster™ of the Year 2017 award winner for her first class sailing skills and empathy for others when passing her RYA Yachtmaster™ certificate of competence examination.


Hannah, from Colchester, was presented with the award by HRH The Princess Royal at the 64th London Boat Show at ExCeL, London. Full story here at this link.

Kick Start Your Season as an RYA Instructor.

Attend a range of workshops and sessions delivered by the RYA East region coaching team and industry experts to develop your personal and professional knowledge, understanding and skills at this year’s RYA East Instructor Training Day being held at the Royal Hospital School on Sunday 11th March, 2018. Workshops will help broaden your knowledge of the latest RYA training updates and opportunities to develop your own skills; and allow you to share experiences and ideas. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for you on the day. Book your ticket to secure your workshop and session places as soon as possible. Click on the link below to view the agenda outline and workshops for the day.
RYA East Instructor Training Day Agenda outline and workshop and session descriptions

Race Management Workshops

Peter SaxtonRegional Race Management Training Co-ordinator Peter Saxton is holding three evening race management workshops in March. Subject is improving engagement of participants and volunteers. The dates are: 7th March at Norfolk Broads Yacht Club, Wroxham; 13th March at Priory Sailing Club, Bedford, and 14th March at Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Woolverstone. All start at 1900 and finish around 2100. Click this link to book a place on the workshop.

Marconi Finalist in Club of the Year Competition

Congratulations to Marconi Sailing Club for winning the Innovation Award category of the Club of the Year Award competition. The club, which is one of five finalists chosen to demonstrate different qualities needed to develop a successful sailing club, needs your vote as it goes forward to the national Club of the Year Award. Voting closes on 20th February and the awards will be presented at the Dinghy Show on 3rd March, to support Marconi SC go to this link.

Daisy Collingridge wins a Bronze Medal

Daisy CollingridgeWoodbridge teenager Daisy Collingridge (18) broke a 12-year duck for British women youth sailors with a bronze medal in the Laser radial class at this year’s Youth Sailing World Championships in China, earlier this month. The last time Britain won a medal at this event was in 2005. Daisy is the under 19 RYA Youth National Champion in the class. She is a member of Waldringfield Sailing Club.

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.

Nominations for the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards are open

Now is your chance to nominate a youngster who has shown exceptional skill and ability, done wonders for your club or has made a major contribution to the sport. To make your nomination go to this link. Nominees must be under 19 years of age at 31st December 2017. Entries close 19th January 2018.

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 www.dinghyshow.org.uk or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ryadinghyshow or on twitter@dinghyshow

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