News from around the Eastern Region
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.
Six sailors from the Eastern region are being honoured for the volunteer work for the RYA in the region. All receive their awards at the annual awards ceremony in London on 27 November.
The seven include Norfolk sailor Janet Gilmour who won the prestigious Regional Award for her work for over 30 years with Buckenham SC, 15 years with the Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association NSBA) and 10 years on the RYA East Region Committee (ERC).
Tom Wood, of South Woodham Ferrers YC (SWFYC)who won the Youth Award.
Three Essex people won Lifetime Commitment Awards, Doug MacEwen, Deputy Chairman of the ERC and a member of SWFYC, Peter Phillips of Harwich and Dovercourt SC and Peter Saxton of Grafham Water SC.
The Topper Class Association nominated a past chairman and Norfolk sailor, Sally Dugdale for an Outstanding Contribution Award.
All will receive their awards from HRH The Princess Royal, President of the RYA.
Sally Dugdale, Tom Wood and Doug McEwen
Peter Phillips, Peter Saxton and Sally Dugdale
Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year Competition
Applications 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
Tickets 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
New Adventure Sailing Club begins at Norwich Centre
Whitlingham 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.