RDO Update September 2019


Well done to the club and its many volunteers. Don’t forget to put 1 – 9 August in your diary if you want to take part in 2020! 

The biggest highlight for me was running a fantastic Dinghy Instructor course at Southport Sailing Club for 11 keen volunteers from clubs across the region. This course was supported by OnBoard and the Andrew Simpson Foundation which means OnBoard volunteers have managed to get trained up for as little as £150.

The next course of this kind is running at Derwent Water Marina in October. For information, or to reserve a place register your interest here.     

BYS Regional Junior Championships

The countdown is on to the British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships at Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club on the weekend of 28- 29 September. Entries are still open across the fleets but there are only 36 places available for the OnBoard contingent in total and many have already been 'bagged', so enter soon to avoid missing out.  You can enter here

With so much going on in the coming months here are a few brief updates: 

 Win your own kit as JMST boat / board applications open

  Applications are now open for sailors to apply to the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) for a brand new single-handed junior pathway boat or board. The boats and boards will be gifted to at least one promising youngster from each RYA Region and Home Country who displays enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sport and who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals.

After two years of exclusive use of their own boat or board it will then be donated to their club or centre, so other young sailors can continue to benefit in the future. Please note sailors applying must enter and compete at the British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships in the year you would like to be selected. For more information click here.

RYA Annual Club Census

We did it- Over 85% of NW clubs have now completed the census, which is what we need in order to produce robust insights year on year. Thank you so much for your help getting us to our target and I am looking forward to sharing the results with you at this year RYA Affiliated Club Conference. That will be held on the 1 December at The Anderton Centre in Chorley (booking to open shortly).

RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2020 apply now!

Don’t let your club miss out on the chance to be the NW winner and representative for the 2019 Club of Year Final. If you think your club has got what it takes to be crowed the NW winner or do they 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 this website page.

RYA OnBoard Fun Regatta (Cumbria)

 Are your club juniors not able to make the British Youth Sailing Regional Junior Championships? Don’t panic, the Cumbria OnBoard Fun Regatta is back. Aimed at Junior sailors with their Stage 2 or above it is a fun and informal end of season sailing regatta. All equipment is provided, details are:

  • Venue: Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre
  • Date: 5
  • October
  • Format: A day of water based sailing games and challenges
  • Cost: £15 per person

Reserve your place here and now

RYA NW Aspiring Coach Assessor Development Day

Fancy becoming a RYA Coach Assessor? This day could be for you!

This will provide an opportunity to learn more about the process of becoming a coach assessor and we will provide you with a full action plan in order for you to start your journey to becoming one! Please note during the day you will be asked to deliver a minimum of one sailing session to the group as part of the process. The day is £30 to attend and will run from 10am until  4pm at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre on Saturday 21 September.

If interested reserve a place here.

Finally don’t forget the NW Region Senior Travellers Trophy has three more events left following the summer break, 10 September at Leigh & Lowton SC, 1 October at Elton SC, and the rescheduled event at Bolton SC on 15 October. For more information visit the RYA NW Website

Happy Sailing, 

Adam McGovern