Springing into the new season

I hope you’re all enjoying some blustery spring sessions on the water as much as I am. I’m looking forward to starting to see your pictures from races and other events.
01 May 24

Celebrating Regional Training Days

We’ve had a great start to the spring season with last month’s Regional Training Days at three different locations in the North. The days are always a great chance for delegates to come together to polish their skills, with learning opportunities both on and off the water. I particularly enjoy them as a chance to catch up with lots of you and hear more about your plans for the season.

A big thank you to the three centres who hosted the days and to all who attended.


Looking forward to… 

The Junior Traveller Series is kicking off on April 27th with the first event at Delph Sailing Club. There are ten races in the series and in a new innovation for this year, the series is inviting young sailors from the North West to get on the sea at its Filey Sailing Club open meeting, while North East sailors will be able to join the NW circuit at Bassenthwaite Sailing Club in the Lake District.

The events are a fantastic opportunity for young sailors to sail at a variety of venues and hone their skills throughout the series, which runs until mid-October.

Please be sure to share the details of the series to youth and junior sailors and parents at your club or centre so they all get a chance to plan for a brilliant summer of racing!

You can access the full list of races in the series here.

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club will be hosting the Catapult TT and Mirror Northerns Regatta over the Bank Holiday Weekend (4-6th May). Camping is available on site, so you can make a real weekend of it. Get your entries in and book your camping pitch now!


Save the date

Later in the season there will be more action at Bassentwaite as they welcome the NSSA National Youth Regatta, 21-27th July 2024, back to the Lake District. You can find more about the event and how to enter here.

Another important date for your diary is the RYA Connected event for the North. This will be at the Lightcliffe Academy near Halifax on Saturday 16 November 2024. This event is for the whole of the North region with an accessible location between Leeds and Huddersfield which is well served by motorways.

These conferences are for anyone involved in running their club or its activities. Look out for bookings opening later in the year and in the meantime get that date in your diary!

We’re excited that the West Lancashire Yacht Club 24 Hour Race is back for 2024, with entries open now. This truly is a unique event and with 21 club teams already entered, don’t waste time getting signed up. The entry price goes up on May 21st, so there’s a little extra motivation to sign up early!


Flying the flag

All OnBoard centres should have received their new branded flags by now. I can’t wait to see them flying at your clubs around the region.

If you haven’t received your flag yet please let me know so I can chase it down for you!


Making the most of your Training Centre Inspection

We want to make sure RYA Training Centres get the most benefit from their annual inspection. Your inspector should be getting in touch soon to arrange a date to visit.

The inspections work best when activities are happening, giving your inspector a chance to really see what you, provide constructive advice and giving you a chance to ask questions. Try to get an inspection date in the diary over your busier Spring/Summer period so everyone gains from the visit.

If your Training Principal has not heard from your inspector please get in touch with me and I will put you in contact with your inspector.

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Looking forward to a great season with you all!