Steve's blog February 2024

Here’s our monthly update from Regional Development Officer Steve Mitchell......
05 Feb 24
LSE dinghy show

Dinghy and Watersports Show

It’s the must see sailing and watersports event of the year at Farnborough International on 24-25 February 2024.

I’ll be there for both days, so do come along and say hello, and if you’d like to arrange a time to meet please e-mail me

Roger Belton, chair of our regional team, and other team members will be there on Saturday, and you're welcome to come meet the team for coffee in room Navigate 1 between 12:00 and 12:45

The show will feature dinghy sailing, windsurfing, wingsurfing, foiling and paddleboarding, however you like to get afloat, so join us for interactive family fun, watersports displays and demos, live coaching sessions, hundreds of boats and the biggest names in marine retail all under one roof.

Tickets are now on sale and RYA members and children 15 and under go free. Find out more and buy tickets 

Regional Training Day

Our Regional Training Day at Queen Mary SC on 16 March will challenge you and your team to grow and develop your skills. During the events, you’ll be able to deepen your knowledge of existing disciplines or broaden your scope by trying something new. Open to instructors and racing coaches, as well as club, centre and Sailability volunteers, join your regional team for a day of personal learning and development, with expertise on offer to enhance your knowledge and practical skillset.

Read more and book 

Regional Training LSE

Regional workshops live

Please come along to our free live regional workshops:

Membership and volunteer pathway - discuss ideas around your club's pathway for new members and the development of volunteers. 15 February at Pevensey Bay Sailing Club, Eastbourne, East Sussex. Register

OnBoard junior and family workshop - share ideas around bringing more families and juniors into your organisation. 20 February at Tamesis Club, Kingston, West London. Register

Time for both 18:30 to 21:00

RYA Club of the Year 2024

Congratulations to Margate Yacht Club (photo below) on becoming a finalist for the Community Club of the Year, and to Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club similar for the Young Person’s Club of the Year.

Read more about the full list of finalists and details about the clubs. 

The winners in each category and overall Club of the Year 2024 winner will be unveiled at the RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show on 24 February. Get your tickets now!

Margate Yatch club

RYA Connected webinars

There is a whole host of informative and free RYA Connected webinars running through to the end of March. The next ones are:

  • 12 February - 30 ways to green your club and reduce operating costs
  • 19 February – What’s coming on the legal horizon
  • 26 February - How to reach out to under represented groups
  • 27 February – The BYS Regional Junior Championships start 19.00
  • 4 March – Running successful and safe events
  • 6 March - Volunteering start 19:00

Times are at 19.30-20.30 unless shown otherwise. Please check out the full programme and register 

Understanding your customer

Knowing your customer is vital in order for your centre to grow. Market Segmentation is a process that builds a profile of potential customers, allowing you to better understand who your different customer types are, and where they are located. 

News round-up

How our region’s sailors fared at the Youth World Championships 

Active Thames grants awarded to London and South East clubs 

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Photo - Sea-Change Sailing Trust has received an Active Thames grant.

Share your stories

We’re always looking 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