Susie's Scoop October 2019


Hi Everyone

There’sbeen some wet and blustery weather around recently.  It was really disappointing that the British Youth Sailing (BYS) Regional Junior Championships for the South & South West had to be cancelled due to this, especially after all the effort the competitors made in planning totake part. However their safety was our top priority and we will be aiming to make up for it next year with an even bigger and better event!

On apositive note it was wonderfulto see so many club representatives from around the south coming alongto visit the RYA stand at the Southampton Boat Show. It felt like I was constantly talkingto you all with some really productive conversations. I’m sorry if I happened to missed you please do get in touch to catch up.

Hereis the rest of our news and dates to put in your diary.

This weekend is the Region's AGM - 19th October

In a couple of days time the South will be hosting it's 2019 AGM, on 19 October at the Holiday Inn in Southampton. Start time is 1400, and it is planned to finish at 1600.

The regional committee is excited to have Ian Walker, RYA Director ofRacing, attending to give a talk about the 2020 Olympics and the development of racing. VernonHarten-Ash, RYA Deputy Chair, will also be there to say a few words about the EnglishRegional Forum that is taking over some of the duties of the RYA Council, itsfuture and its relationship to the Board and the role of MOSES. 

I will also be in attendance should you wish to catch up. 

All affiliated organisations of the South Region are invited to attend and there is one vote per club should any committee roles have multiple candidates standing. As I hope you are aware from past Susie's Scoops the current Chair Richard Brown has come to the end of his term and so there will be someone new taking this position.  This is a great opportunity to meet the new Chair and find out more about the role of the RYA South Committee and how it can support your club.

Car parking at the Holiday Inn is free.  Please reigster your car registration numbers on arrival. 

The Affiliated Clubs Conference is all about YOU! - Grab your spot NOW 

We have developed our theme forthe 2019 Affiliated Clubs Conference, which is all about 'PuttingPeople First'. That means understanding what your current members, volunteers and newmembers need, and putting that at the forefront of your decision making. The event includes a suite of workshops and update sessions focusing on this theme as well as other key areas of your region's RYA Regional Plan, plus time for plenty of networking to ensure you get as much out of your day as possible.

Spaces are already booking upquickly, so you will need to make sure you book your club’s spot(s) as quickly aspossible. Click here to book now, you can also view the events agenda here

Just to remind you, the conference will be held on Sunday 17th November 2019 at Queen Mary's College, Cliddesden Road, Basingstoke. It is a free event with lunchand refreshments provided. I am really looking forward to seeing you there. 

Development Forums – 2020 calendarannouncement


The dates are now set for three ‘rounds’ of sessions for the 2020 program, taking place in four parts of the region. Evening events will be running in the following areas and dates:

Isle of Wight: 14 January, 11 February, 10 March

West Hampshire/Southampton: 20 January, 10 February 9 March

Portsmouth/Chichester Harbour 21 January, 25 February 16 March

For the Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire area we are still in the planning stages, and looking to combine the three rounds in to a one day event, due to the size of the area and travel time required.

New for 2020 we will be wrapping up each round of forums with an online webinar to share the ideas and examples of good practice from each of the evenings across the whole region. The dates for these are;

Round 1 wrap up - 27 January

Round 2 wrap up - 2nd March

Round 3 wrap up - 23 March  

The Forums are a great way togain new ideas and aim to bring together sailing and boatingorganisations in local areas to develop joint and individual development focused on the rounds theme. 

Putthe dates in your diary, and keep an eye on the development form web-page for more information. We will be announcing venue details, the themes for each round as well as opening booking at the Affiliated Clubs Conference. Of course, this information will also be in the nextSusie’s Scoop. 

2020 Instructor Training Day - Date reminder

I just wished to give you a little reminder that the 2020 Instructor Training Day will be held on Saturday 28th March and to make sure it's in your diary! Please encourageyour qualified instructors to attend.

Keep an eye on the ITD web-page tomake sure you grab your place when bookings open. This will be in December in line with the December issue of Susie’s Scoop.  

The day is run with an experienced team of expert Coach Assessors and Trainers whom deliver on-the-water and shore-side sessions. Attendees will also receive updates from an RYA Chief Instructor on the Training Schemes as well as myself on regional development. Hundredsof instructors attended their local training day in 2019, taking the brilliant opportunity of personal and professional development, and to engage with top coaches and network with other instructors in their area.

Take a look at last year's event below and hear what our South's instructors think. 


Supporting you to train yourclub's workforce


It is that time of year where clubs should be looking to support the development of their skilled workforce, whether they volunteer or are paid for the time given to the club. The RYA is encouraging clubs to develop their own training pathway programmes to create a team of instructors and race coaches as well as race management teams, to deliver your club's on the water activity programme. 

Once again we are here to support and help you to organise a range of RYA courses to run at your club venue.

So, if your clubhas a group of people wishing to gain an instructor qualification in thesmall boat training scheme (windsurf, dinghy or powerboat), or gain their Race Coach Level 2 or develop their race management skills then we can work with youto train them up in preparation for the 2020 season.

Take a look at the Club People section of the RYA South website to find full details of what is available, the numbers required to deliver a course at your club and the costs involved. I must emphasize that a suitable lead time is required. The region's course delivery team is already booking up quickly for April 2020 so please, if you are interested, get in touch ASAP, with me:

Get ready for the nextOnBoard Development Day - booking is open!

Followingthe success of the South’s first OnBoard Development Day in April, we will berunning another one on 30th November. This time it will be held at the AndrewSimpson Watersports Centre in Portsmouth. 

The day is designed to support the key volunteers that are leading and organizing the junior focused activity within OnBoard registered clubs and centres across the region.

Wehope that the new November date will give the organisers plenty of lead time to implement  learnings from the day ready for the 2020 season. We areplanning a brilliant day full of land-based sessions to help enhance existing and new junior-focused activity opportunities. Like at the April event, wecan expect a lot of fun to be had by all.   

Booking is open, so you can find out more about the day's plan and grab your space now by heading to the 'OnBoard in the South' web-page here. 

Ifyour club is not part of OnBoard, but you're interested in finding out more about how it can support  your club’s junior activity, please contact Katie Tomsett, and she can help to get you involved and I am sure we can find space for you to join theday in November. 

You can still download the presentation fromthe April event as well.  

New OnBoard Instructor CPD days for 2020

In addition to the OnBoard Development Day we will also be supporting the instructors within OnBoard clubs and centres in the region through OnBoard Instructor CPD days in March 2020. 

These days will aim to support instructors by giving them new skills which focus on enabling them to purposely develop strong learning skills within the young sailors they are teaching and to develop the six character attributes of OnBoard through taking part in Sailing and Windsurfing. 

These days will consist of mainly on-the-water-activity, taking place in the following locations and dates:

14th March

Chichester Harbour

Isle of Wight

Milton Keynes 

15th March



20th March 

  Channel Islands

Venues will be announced and booking will be opened at the the OnBoard Development Day.  

Could your club host the British Keelboat League in 2020?


Following on from the successful conclusion of the biggest British Keelboat League this year, we are now inviting bids to host qualifiers andfinals in 2020.

The bid process is now broken down into two parts. The first is for the use of the six-boat fleet of RS21sfor a three week period. The boats will be awarded to clubs, training centresor other organisations who demonstrate how they would use the boats to increaseclub activity and demonstrate to members and stakeholders how having a fleet ofboats would be of benefit to the organisation with a view to considering fleetpurchase or leasing in the future. 

The second part is that of bidding for the events. It isimportant to note that it is not a requirement of the BKL to run the events inthe RS21s so if you have a fleet of club-owned boats you are activelyencouraged to bid for events.

Below you will find guidance documents that accompany theonline bidding forms but should you have any questions please feel free to getin touch.

Fleet - Guidance Document & Bidding Form

Hosting a BKL event -  Guidance Document & Bidding Form   

We are also looking for venues to host the RYA Match Racing Series, if your interested then please have a look at the Guidance Document and submit a bid here

RYA Training Conference - set to be bigger and better! 

The RYA Training Conference is back for 2020 taking place on 01 and 02 February, and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever before. We’re delighted to announce a change in venue giving us increased capacity for 2020 with the event moving to The Wyboston Lakes Resort in Bedfordshire, ideally located between Cambridge and Milton Keynes. 

As previously the event is aimed at Principals, Chief Instructors, Trainers, and Coaches within the Dinghy, Windsurfing, Power, Personal Watercraft and Inland Waterways schemes. However 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, to allow those that are looking to progress in to the above role the opportunity  to develop their networks.  

The conference will feature updates from the RYA Chief Instructors and the broader RYA team.  There will be workshops with industry experts and the chance to speak with hand-picked exhibitors. There will also be plenty of time for networking and catching up with old friends. View the full programme here.

In addition and new for 2020 are a series of Technical Discussions provided by our exhibitors. The ‘short talks’ will last 20 minutes each and range from Cyber Security with conference sponsor Gallagher, to Joystick Controls with Yamaha. These sessions will also provide opportunities to catch up with members of the RYA Training Team to discuss everything from recognition to scheme specific updates.Find out more about our exhibitors and the Technical Discussion topics here

For full details please visit the events web-page. Bookings are now open - secure your place and book today.

Keep in touch!  

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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 web pages.