I hope that you had a fantastic festive season and New Year. 2020 is certainly shaping up to being an exciting year, with lots to look forward to both on and off the water, including the launch of the “Discover Sailing” campaign, the Tokyo Olympics and the America’s Cup series returning to British waters later in the Summer.
Following on from the Affiliated Club Conference and the Cruising Conference late last year, the next few weeks also see plenty of engagement opportunities to catch up with me and members of the team – including:
Introducing our new campaign “Discover Sailing”
Hopefully you will have heard by now about the launch of our new campaign “Discover Sailing” –to replace both Push the Boat Out and Try Sailing. Sign up will soon be live, but in the meantime a few key pieces of information:
We look forward to hearing about your “Discover Sailing” Events later in the year.
We will be running a number of Winter Forums over the coming months, with topics including growing junior membership, reducing membership churn and race management. The sessions are free and more information and booking details will be available soon. Keep an eye out on regional social media and the RYA East website for further details.
Instructor Training Day
The 2020 Instructor Training Day will be taking place on Sunday 08 March at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook. With development opportunities available for all dinghy, power and windsurf instructors, and a chance to hear the latest RYA Updates, attend workshops and get on the water, it’s a day not to be missed. More information and booking available soon.
RYA Dinghy Show
The RYA Dinghy Show will be on the 29 February and 01 March, and is a great way to kick off the new season. With plenty of talks on a wide range of subjects, and lots of dinghies and equipment on show and for sale, there’s something for everyone. If you are coming with your club, there is the chance to win 10 adult day tickets to the show. You can find out more about the Dinghy Show here.
Don’t forget that the RYA East Region fleets can be hired by Clubs to help you increase participation. Rates are very reasonable and Toppers, Optimists, Teras and2000s are available. You can also borrow our Event Kit (including a Gazebo and display boat) for free. To find out more visit the RYA East website.
The latest webinar in the Futures series was on the topic of volunteering, which often arises in discussions as a challenge for clubs. RYA insight suggests that 52% of RYA Affiliated clubs report lack of volunteers as being a primary challenge to their growth and many clubs are reporting a small number of volunteers are doing the bulk of the work. If you missed the webinar you can listen to it now, hear about the research findings and discover ideas as to how we can help increase the number of volunteers within our clubs. Find out more and listen now.
Hope to see you soon!