Steve's November update

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08 Nov 22

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Our Regional Development Officer Steve Mitchell writes:

Affiliated Club Conference

Have you registered yet for the conference on 27 November at the Newline Learning Academy in Maidstone? Don’t miss out, and read five reasons why you should attend Share ideas with other clubs, reconnect with one another, catch up with local headlines and opportunities, and attend workshops led by expert speakers across a wide range of club development topics. There's no charge for the day, and there's even a free lunch. Book now

Watersports Centres Meeting

This is the last call please to book for the event on 15 November, hopefully you’re reading this in time. We’re providing an opportunity for centres, and clubs which operate on a more commercial basis, to come together to discuss challenges and opportunities. RYA Sport Development will share regional and national trends that you might find valuable along with the opportunity for attendees to share ideas and to network.

The venue is the AHOY Centre, Deptford, London, and the event is for watersport centre and commercial club managers and chief instructors.


  • RYA regional updates
  • Insight from RYA Sport Development on local and national boating trends
  • Explore challenges, opportunities, threats.
  • What have we learned.

To register please contact

Regional Training Day

Planning for next year? A Regional Training Day (formerly Instructor Training Day) will be held on 11 March at Queen Mary Sailing Club. Please save the date, and look out for more information on our Facebook and Twitter from January.

Regional Training LSE 


Here are a couple of suggestions if your club/centre is looking for funding:

Together Fund - The RYA has been awarded a further £195,000 of this National Lottery funding to help venues in England support communities and organisations affected by the cost-of-living crisis. There’s no deadline for applications, but projects must be delivered by September 2023. Find out more and apply 


Active Thames Fund - If you’re looking for funding and on the tidal Thames or inland waterways in London, Kent and Essex then please see the Active Thames fund. Applications close 27 November. 

Race Coach Development

The RYA Race Coach Development team is hosting a series of online development workshops between November and March, for RYA instructors, race coaches and trainers. The format for each workshop will provide participants the opportunity to develop their knowledge and discuss topics that support their coaching. Find out more and book

Facilities and Utilities Survey

The RYA is concerned that forecasted rising costs will result in higher club expenditure. Also rising costs at home could also lead to a reduction in club members as individuals struggle to justify membership fees. We’re encourage clubs to complete this survey please to help us find out how financial changes may affect them. Find out more and take the survey

Regional Race Management Coordinator sought

We’re still looking for a talented individual to take on this role. Please see more details and a job description

News from our region

Gravesend Sailing Club joins in Gravesham Regatta

Race start at Gravesend SC

Share your stories

We’re always looking out for stories to pop on our web site and send to your local media, and snippets (two or three sentences) to promote your events or show what you’ve been doing, with photos (landscape format) and links. Or why not send us a short video (15-100 seconds, landscape format) done in one take on your ‘phone to share on our social media. All should have some RYA/regional connection. Other clubs can enjoy your achievements and benefit from your experience. Send us your story