London and South East blog November 2019


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Regional development officer Steve Mitchell writes:

Satisfaction survey

The results have arrived for the last Satisfaction Survey that was offered to clubs for free to gain insight on member satisfaction. More than 6,000 club members participated in this year’s survey to add to the insight already gained from the 2018 research.

We are currently picking apart the results to present findings at this year's affiliated club conference but the headline is that the findings tell us what we found out in last year's survey, that soft skills in the form of members being made to feel welcome is a key driver in keeping members satisfied. There are other nuggets that will be presented at the affiliated club conference.

Affiliate conference

Booking for this year’s conference is now open and we have seen a strong sign up. Please book soon as places are limited.

This year's conference is about 'Putting people first'. That means understanding what your members, volunteers and new sailors need, and putting that at the front of your decision making. As well as plenty of chances to share ideas with other clubs, the day is broken into three rounds of club development sessions.

Contrary to my blog last month and invitations that have been sent unfortunately Ian Walker (Director of Racing) is now unable to join us.

We are working hard to make this event more sustainable and environmentally friendly so thank you to those people who have been so positive. 

Booking here

BYS Regional Junior Championships

Well done to all the competitors who braved Datchet Water in all fleets during our Regional Junior Championships  

The regatta fleet had a fantastic beach team made up of family and friends from clubs across the region who helped out both in and out of the water to launch and recover the children. Clubs included: Newhaven & Seaford SC, Littleton SC, Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre, Crawley Mariners YC, Erith YC, Downs SC, Wilsonian SC…and the list goes on!! Sorry if I have missed anyone.

It was the inaugural year for the OnBoard Fun Fleet and while we didn’t see large numbers due to weather it was certainly a good first year to learn from. Thank you to Freddie and Katie for delivering some fine activity for these newbies who all reported they had a great time.

I look forward to see some of you on my travels over the next month..

Dates for the diary

Sunday 24 November 2019 LSE Affiliated Club Conference at New Line Learning Academy, Ashford, Kent.

Sunday 12 January 2020 LSE Cruising/Racing Conference

Regional Cruising/Racing Conference

……. will provide interesting and cutting edge talks and workshops to inspire sailors for the upcoming season and provide a forum for networking and discussion on topical issues. Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club, Eastbourne, 12 January. Book now

From the Chair

Our regional team chair Helen Hofmann writes:

The regional team held its AGM at the Welsh Harp Reservoir in London on 17 October. The team adopted new terms of reference as requested by RYA HQ which enables the region to link in with the recently formed RYA English Regions Forum which brings together all seven English Regions.

In addition to the four officers who were re-elected, there are now 16 standing members on the committee including the new representation of London Youth Sailing by Stuart Philbey, an RYA training centre rep. by Bob Walker (representing RYA personal members in centres), and an RYA personal members regional rep. by Bill Stock. Also advisory and corresponding members, as well as RYA appointed regional post holders and RYA staff make up the RYA regional team which looks forward to meeting club/centre reps at the Affiliates Conference on 24 November.

The complete annual report of the regional team will be presented at a general meeting of the region on Saturday 18 January in London (venue tbc) to which commodores and principals (or their representatives) of affiliates/centres are invited to attend if they wish. Any other matters to be discussed at the general meeting must be notified in writing by 21 December to the regional secretary Jane Mills. In addition to the general meeting there will also be a regional team meeting on the same day when we will start to look at the next 4 year regional development plan. Commodores/principals attending the general meeting are very welcome to join in with the development plan consultation.

October headlines

British Youth Sailing Recognition for Island Barn

Junior Championships a great success

Regional round-up October 2019

Visiting the tidal Thames

Blowers take first match racing victory

Tickets now on sale for RYA Dinghy Show 2020

Sailing rules – October – What is a proper course?

Sir Ben Ainslie backs Sussex Sailability campaign

Association of Thames Yacht Clubs (ATYC)

Here’s the October newsletter from ATYC.

What’s on

See what’s on in our region and have your event listed.

Regional fleets

We have a regional fleet of Oppies, Teras and Fevas available to support your youth training, racing, and club cadet regattas. Find out more

We hope to see you on the water soon.

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