The conference was a great way to celebrate key successes of 2019 and kick off the planning for the 2020 season which will soon be upon us.
A big thank-you must go out to the 60 delegates who came to the conference and provided some great input during the day. The presentations from the day can be found online on RYA Sharefile.
Although the frost has now set in, November still saw lots going on, including a great End of Season Instructor Blast at Waterside Lodge in Southport. This is the host venue for our 2020 Instructor Training Day which will be on Saturday 14 March.
It was also great to see 12 volunteers attend the RYA Sailability programme’s Disability Awareness Training Course at Bolton SC. James Wheeldon (RYA Disability Development Officer) said: ‘This course was greatly received and all the participants took some really useful insight and knowledge away. Individuals can sometimes feel less confident when interacting with people with disabilities and this course examines how communication is fundamental when interacting with individuals generally regardless of disabilities.’
With regular disability sailing on the rise in the North West, if you feel this course would add value to your club and volunteers please contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also hot off the press, the 2020 British Keelboat League is coming back to the North West region with Ullswater Yacht Club once again hosting the event. The provisional event date is 18 - 19 July. Watch this space for more information early in the New Year.
The Affiliates Conference was our last major event of 2019 but we have a lot coming up in early 2020:
The RYA Training Conference supported by Gallagher is back and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever before . Aimed at Principals, Trainers, and Coaches within the Dinghy, Windsurfing, Power, Personal Watercraft and Inland Waterways schemes, we’re delighted to announce a change in venue and increased capacity for 2020 on 1-2 February at Wyboston Lakes.
This year, we will also be opening up the conference to all Senior Instructors in the Dinghy and Windsurfing schemes, and all Instructors in the Power and Personal Watercraft schemes.
Time is running out to book your place, all the information and booking details can be found online here.
Once again we are delighted to be able to offer three RYA and Sport England funded places to all Sailability Sites who are part of the programme at the conference on 15 February 2020 at Wyboston Lake.
Each place includes conference delegate, awards dinner and Saturday night accommodation. All we ask is, if you take up all your allocated free places, one of these goes to a sailor.
Booking will close on Monday 3 February 2020, or earlier if capacity is reached. Book your place here.
The 2020 show is back at its usual location, Alexandra Palace, London on 29 February - 1 March. It is shaping up to be another great event which will hopefully be a great kick start to many peoples new sailing season. Early booking and group discounts are available along with all the essential show information on the website.
This year’s annual Instructor Training Day will be moving back to a Saturday (14 March) and will return to Waterside Lodge, Southport after our trip to Windermere in 2019. We have loads of great workshops planned and for the first time will include personal watercraft, so it should be another good event.
Booking will go live in early 2020 so please save the date.
Our next Dinghy Senior Instructor Course will take place at Delph Sailing Club on 21 -22, 28-29 March 2020. I am really pleased to be able to offer this course at a heavily reduced fee of £215 per person. This is the cheapest course we have been able to run for a number of years so I expect demand to be high with only 12 places available. Booking will go live very soon on the linked page.
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