Steve's blog January 2024

Here’s our monthly update from Regional Manager Steve Mitchell.
08 Jan 24
LSE Instructor training day

First off happy new year everyone. We’ve got lots of helpful and informative events coming up in the new year. I’ll be at the live events below so please start by registering at the links shown then come along, take part, and say hello. Meanwhile please keep up to date with things in our region on Facebook  

RYA Connected webinars

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

  • 15 January - Handling disputes and complaints
  • 24 January - Sailability safety forum
  • 29 January - RYA and inclusive employers trans and non-binary inclusion 101
  • 5 February - Building a thriving racing scene
  • 12 February - 30 ways to green your club and reduce operating costs
  • 19 February – What’s coming on the legal horizon

All are at 19.30-20.30 Please check out the full programme and register 

RYA Training Conference

The conference on 27-28 January at the Doubletree by Hilton Oxford Belfry is for RYA instructors, appointment holders and training centre principals. There’ll be a wide range of top speakers and sessions, too long to list here, and the chance to meet with other delegates, exhibitors and RYA staff.

Take a look at the details and book 

Welcome to the RYA training conference 2024

Dinghy and Watersports Show

The must see sailing and watersports event of the year will return to Farnborough International on 24-25 February 2024. Featuring dinghy sailing, windsurfing, wingsurfing, foiling and paddleboarding, however you like to get afloat, it’s got you covered. 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 get tickets 

Regional Training Day

Our training day on 11 March at Queen Mary is for anyone involved in the practical delivery of activities supported by the RYA small craft schemes, to help you get set for the season ahead.

Join us a day of personal learning and development. Expertise will be on offer to enhance and inspire your knowledge and practical skillset. There’ll be a comprehensive programme of workshops offered across the small craft schemes - power, sail, boardsports. Whichever one you select, the theme will be ‘Creating a great participant experience’ and it will shape the whole day.

Read more and register now 

LSE Instructor training day

Photo - Shaun the Sheep at last year's regional training day - credit Simon Winkley

How to avoid protest hearings

If you don't like protest hearings but still want to learn about and apply the rules in your club's racing, then please take a look at this article by our regional rules advisor Chris Simon, which explains how to do just that, and offers more help if needed.

News round-up

Do catch up on our region's recent news including four young sailors from our region taking part in the Youth Sailing World Championships in Brazil. Read all about it 

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