As we headtowards the festive season, I’m focusing mainly on some events coming up in2020, and I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and happy sailing in thenew year.
RYA RegionalYouth Awards
Nominations for the RYA Regional Youth Awards are now open,and they will be presented at the RYA Dinghy Show on 01 March. The scope forthese awards has been expanded to recognise notable achievements across thewhole spectrum of activities within our sport, whether in performance,volunteering, instructing, coaching or adventure.
Nominationscan be made by clubs, class associations, organisations or individuals and theyclose at 0900 on 6 January – so please make sure that you recognise anyoutstanding young person at your club.
Since mylast blog, there has been a change of date for the Cruising Conference 2020. Wehave been able to secure our preferred venue, the Weymouth & PortlandNational Sailing Academy in Portland on 15 February.Lookout for more event information on the South West web page; booking will be openbefore Christmas.
The agendaand booking form are about to go live for the SW Instructor Training Day onSaturday 22 February at Rockley Watersports in Poole. Don’t miss this brilliantlow-cost opportunity for personal and professional development, with updates,expert coaching sessions and various on-the-water and shore-side workshops. It isopen to all instructors and assistant instructors. The booking link will beavailable shortly.
If you areinterested in minibus transport from Plymouth and Exeter, there are 16 placesavailable. To book, please contact me directly – places will beallocated on a first come, first served basis. We also encourage car share, andaccommodation is available at Rockley for just £10/night.
At the Affiliated Clubs Conference in November, we used theMentimeter app to get instant answers from our delegates to questions about ourservice to members. According to the results, finding new volunteers andinstructors was the second greatest priority for clubs, and clubs want moresupport from the RYA in training instructors too.
There is now an online survey that aims to give us a betterunderstanding of whether RYA Training Centres have sufficient instructors tomeet the current and anticipated demand for courses, and of the demand forinstructor training and any barriers that may prevent people completing it.
Please complete this survey. It will help us to plan and promoteinstructor training to meet demand.
ThanksRoger, and welcome Chris!
Thanks to RogerJobson, who stepped down as Chair of the SW Regional Team at the endof November, after four years in the post. Chris Davis, who has been on theTeam for seven years, is the new Chair, and Bob Penfold has become Vice Chair.I look forward to working with them all over the coming months.
Junior racing news from HPM, Duncan West
Wintertraining is now in full swing and we are hoping that the weather will be kind.Below is a breakdown of the sailor numbers selected for the zone squads and theclubs they represent.
ChewValley Lake SC3
PooleAcademy Windsurf Club4