Steve's Yule blog December 2023

Here’s our monthly update from Regional Development Officer Steve Mitchell.
08 Dec 23
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RYA Connected conference 

It was great to see a full house for an informative and inspiring day at the London and South East region’s RYA Connected Conference in Guildford on 26 November. There were presentations, forums, workshops, networking, a large RYA team on hand to help with problems and solutions, and a free lunch!

My thanks go to delegates for coming along and everyone involved in the day, and judging by the feedback the delegates enjoyed it:

“Great to see so many RYA staff. Liked the new venue as well. All hard work much appreciated.” “

A really excellent day. We were really pleased to attend. Thank you.”

Read all about it 

LSE conference 2023 delegates

RYA Connected webinars

….and staying Connected, following on from the conference there is a whole host of informative and free RYA Connected webinars running through to the end of March. The next ones are:

11 December - Recruiting and retaining members

8 January - Creating a volunteer plan

15 January - Handling disputes and complaints

All are at 19.30-20.30

Why not check out the full programme and register 

New year resolutions

It’s not too early to start planning for the new year so how about promising yourself a day out at…..

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 

Training Conference

The RYA Training Conference 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.

Please save the date, 27-28 January, and take a look at the details  The venue is the Doubletree by Hilton Oxford Belfry.

Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) returns

The Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system is run jointly by the RYA and its affiliated clubs to allow sailors to race different boats against each other fairly. We're once again calling on clubs to submit their data and help us ensure the numbers are as accurate as possible for 2024. Please could we have submissions in before 31 December 2023.

Read more and submit your data 

News round-up

Catch up on recent news including royal presentations for some of our region’s wonderful volunteers, Olympic medallist Alan Warren still racing strong at 88, and our OnBoard Development Day. Read all about it 

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Happy Christmas

And finally from me a very happy Christmas everyone and all the best for the new year.

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