RDO Update August 2019


One of the highlights of the past month was the success of the Asymmetric Instructor Development Day at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. Instructors enjoyed good conditions and a wind which built throughout the day, leaving participants asking for more.

I will be looking to organise more events like this in the future!

However the big message from me this month is to get your entries in for the British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club on the weekend of 28-29 September. 

This year’s popular junior event will again feature Championship, Regatta and OnBoard fleets. For the OnBoard fleet, all boats are supplied so you just need to rock up and sail! Only 36 places are available for the OnBoard fleet so enter early to avoid missing out. Grab your spot now

RYA Annual Club Census DEADLINE 15 August

This year our aim is to achieve   85% by 15 August.  At the time of writing 40% of clubs had completed the return. This is a good start, but we have our work cut out to get to the finish line. The 85% return rate is essential if we want to provide you with accurate and reliable results!

For those that haven't yet got around to it, there's still time and the form can be accessed on line here

The census is so important for our regional and national teams as we plan for the years ahead and every return is really important to us. I would like to thank you all very much in advance for your support in helping us reach the target return rate for the annual club membership census and for those of you who have already completed the census. 

RYA Affiliated Club Conference Saturday 1 December 2019

 This year’s RYA Affiliated Club Conference will be held on 1 December at The Anderton Centre in Chorley. We will again have great speakers talking about a wide range of topics including; environmental, legal, racing and technical. 

The Anderton Centre is a great central venue, close to the M61 & M6 so should provide the ideal venue for this year’s event. Booking will open in September and early booking is advised to ensure space on your preferred sessions. Save the date!

RYA Instructor Training Day Saturday 14 March 2020

The popular event will be back at Waterside Lodge in Southport next year following a great event at Towerwood in 2019. The day will once again be filled with great shore based and water-based activity. Planning is already underway to make the 2020 event the best yet. Booking and full event details will be available later this year. Put it in your diary. 

Applications open for the British Keelboat Academy

The search for future keelboat racing stars has begun as applications open for the 2019/20 British Keelboat Academy. The British Keelboat Academy supports sailors aged between 18 and 24 in developing the skills they need to take their yacht and keelboat racing to the next level.

The programme, which has been running for almost 20 years, is for young dinghy racers who want to make the transition to yacht and keelboat racing. Successful applicants receive coaching from a multitude of different experts across the sport gaining invaluable skills, experience and knowledge that will progress them in the world of keelboat racing.

To apply or for more information go to the British Keelboat Academy website.

RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2020 applications open

After doing a fantastic job of increasing membership, Arnside Sailing Club made it as the NW winner and representative for the 2019 Club of Year Final. Do you think your club has got what it takes to be crowned the NW winner or  even have what it takes to win the national award? The only way to find out is to apply!  

Club applications are now open and close on 20 September 2019. For more information and to complete an application form visit the website

Lots of Training Opportunities

Finally, we have lots of training opportunities coming up soon including:    

  • Aspiring Coach Assessor Day   
  • Dinghy Senior Instructor Course   
  • End of Season Blast   
  • Keelboat Endorsement Courses

…..and much more.

Booking will be going live so keep an eye on our regional booking page.

Happy Sailing, 

Adam McGovern