Susie's Scoop September 2019

We've once again got some important dates for your club diaries and upcoming events. 
Get Ready for the BritishYouth Sailing (BYS) Regional Junior Championships


Thedeadline of 22nd September to enter the BYS Regional Junior Championshipsis fast approaching so please don’t miss it. The BYS Regional Junior Champs for the South region will be held at Weymouthand Portland National Sailing Academy where, for the second year, it goes underits new name (it was previouslycalled the Zone Championships). 

Thetraditional Championship Fleet and Regatta fleet are being joined for thesecond year by an OnBoard Fun Fleet which will be included forthose relatively new to the sport of sailing. This fleet will be hosted byqualified RYA instructors and will focus around 'Games with Aims' rather thanracing. Entries into this fleet will ideally be under 13.  Prizes are awarded in line with the OnBoard characterattributes, such as displaying teamwork, determination and communication.

I’ve have recently been over to Portland to met up with theorganisers (Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre - Portland and OST) to plan the weekends event. I'm really excited to have windsurfing included for the firsttime this year as well was all of the games, from treasure hunts to freestyle sailing skill competition. It's going to be a fun filled couple of days! This event as is a celebration for alljunior sailors who are learning to sail and its great to have it linked through to squad sailorsin Recognised Junior Classes. With the three different fleets there should besomething for every level of junior of sailing. 

Book now. Click on the poster above to download it and put it on your club noticeboard.


The 2019 AffiliatedClubs Conference – booking opens 16th September!

Bookings are about to open for the 2019Affiliated Club Conference, to be held once again on Sunday 17 November 2019 atQueen Mary's College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke.  Spaces will book upquickly, so you will need to make sure your club books a spot as quickly aspossible. Booking will open on Monday 16th September Watch this space.

The annual Affiliated ClubsConference is an opportunity for RYA affiliated clubs to gain lots of information to support the club decision making processes, as well as hearing hits and tips from the regions clubs who have been there and done it before. There will be a selection ofworkshops for you to choose from to support your own club’s specificdevelopment areas, help you overcome your challenges and ensure you and yourcommittee are up to speed with upcoming changes in legislation.

This is a free event with lunchand refreshments provided. More information

Look forward to seeing you there. 

Helpa youngster in your club to have a boat of their own

We are still taking applications for the 2019John Merricks Sailing Trust awards. At least one young sailorwill be selected from each of the RYA Regions and Home Countries, givingthem two years of exclusive use of their own boat donated to their club orcentre, by the Trust. After that the boats will be handed over to the sailor’soriginal club so other young sailors can continue to benefit in the future andprogress into club and regional racing activities.  Apply now! 

The John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST) seeks tohelp young sailors and youth sailing organisations to achieve their goals andwas set up in the memory of 1996 Olympic silver medalist John Merricks. As theofficial charity partner of OnBoard, the JMST will donate at least 80single-handed junior pathway boats and boards (Optimist, Topper, Laser 4.7, RSTera and Bic Techno 293OD) to promising sailors over eight years.The boats will be gifted to promisingyoungsters who display enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sportand who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achievetheir goals.  More information. 


Regional SeniorInstructor Course  - October 24th - 27th.  

Due to an number of you highlighting a need to qualify more Senior Dinghy Instructors for the 2020 season I have been working with the regions Dinghy Coach Assessor Team and Neatly Sailing Club to deliver a regional course to support the regions volunteer organisations. This course is heavily subsidised to reduce the cost for active volunteers ans so will only be £200. 

Places are limited so book your place quickly 

RYA Zone Squad 2019-20 Applications

Applications are now open to be selected for the Zone squads.  We run squads for the BYS Recognised classes: Optimist, Topper, RS Feva and Bic Techno (Windsurfers).   Selection Policy and applications can be found here.  

Onboard Festivals 2019 –it’s a wrap!


A fantastic OnBoard Festival season has finallycome to a close with the completion of the last Festival at Cobnor ActivitiesCentre & CYE in Chichester Harbour over the final Saturday of August. The eventwas the finale of four OnBoard Festivals held in the South since May which alsoincluded fun events for youngsters at host venues in Portsmouth, Southamptonand Seaview in the Isle of Wight. 

In total the festivals attracted just under 170 youngsters from clubs and organisations around the areas. The fun-filled on-the-water festivals were attendedby children aged 8 upwards who were already being taught sailing through RYA supported OnBoard programmes.Read our report from the Cobnor event.  

We’ll let you know about theprogramme for 2020 in due course. 

Meet us at the SouthamptonBoat Show  for a club catch up


Don’t forget I’m at the Southampton Boat Show alongwith Katie Tomsett, our Sailing Development Officer & OnBoard Officer, herein the south. At least one of us will be on the RYA stand each day so drop me a line on 07748806733 and we can arrange to meet up for a catch up.

Don’t forget as an RYA member you canget in with your free Boat Show tickets! You must claim this before the show opens so your time is running out as the deadline is before midnight 12th September. Click here to claim yours.     


Bart's Bash – are youthere?


By the time you read this Bart's Bash, theflagship annual event of the Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF), will be uponus. The event is running on 14/15 September and is set to be a spectacle both upand down the UK and overseas.Inspired by Olympic Gold and Silver medallistAndrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, Bart’s Bash is now the world’s largest massparticipation sailing event and is run by hundreds of local sailing clubs,centres and thousands of sailors in different classes of boat from all over theglobe.

The Foundation has created the platform for sailing clubs, centres andgroups to enter the world’s largest sailing race and every sailor fromgrassroots to the greatest, takes part in a race at their local venue on thesame date. This is a fantastic opportunity to encourageparticipation at your venue, introduce new people to our sport and give peoplethe excitement of entering a global event.  


Could your Club be Club of the Year 2020? - last chance to enter! 

Once again, I’m using this opportunity toremind you that nominations for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of theYear 2020, supported by Gallagher, are open and will be closing on the 20th September.  Recognising the outstandingachievement of sailing clubs across the UK, the RYA Awards Panel will onceagain select a finalist in the southern region, following in the footsteps ofthe success of Dell Quay Sailing Club in 2019, as well as two ‘wild card’entries.Make sure your club is in with a chance of anomination. 

For more information and to apply visit our web page. 

During thisshortlisting stage, the panel will provide selected clubs with recognitions forthe categories Innovative and forward thinking, Inclusive and open to all,Fantastic facilities, Boosting membership and Embracing modern communications. All national finalist clubs will then go through to a public vote with theoverall winner selected by RYA members, Yachts & Yachting readers and thePanel. The winner will be announced at the RYA Dinghy Show in March. More information. 
Diary Date summary

13-22 September Southampton Boat Show - Free member tickets

20 September Deadline to nominate Club of the Year

22 September Deadline to enter the BYS Regional Junior Championships

24 - 27 October Regional Senior Instructor Course

19 – 20 October Race Coach Level 2 Course 

17 November Affiliated Clubs Conference

tba Regional Senior Instructor Course

Could this voluntary post be for you? Secretary - South Regional Committee

The RYA South Region hasthe exciting opportunity for an inspirational and experienced person toundertake the role of Secretary for its Regional Committee. This successfulcandidate will assist the regional committee to support and deliver the RYA’sstrategic objectives within a local context, this being outlined currently inthe RYA South Regional Plan 2017 – 2021. 
The Secretary will work with the region's committee, specialist appointment holders, and staff team to assist in the effective running of the RYA locally, in helping that these three teams work in an integrated manner. For further information please contact Richard Brown and Susie Moore

Keep in touch!

Don’t forget tofollow us on Twitter and Facebook, and keep sending us your stories ofachievements, new membership initiatives, and events through which you haveencouraged newcomers into sailing.   

Please don'thesitate to contact me, Susie Moore.  I’m the Regional DevelopmentOfficer for the South.    



All other contactsin the region can be found here on the RYA south webpages.                                        

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