The Association of Thames Yacht Clubs (ATYC) had a very successful rally over the August Bank Holiday in the West India Dock. 93 boats from 12 clubs attended and enjoyed the boat handling training and water sports provided as well as the local area facilities. Thanks go to Richard Hart and the many members of the Dockland Scout Project. Next year’s rally is being planned to take place at Weybridge

ATYC is to offer ATYC clubs the opportunity to have their formal RYA training details listed on the ATYC website training page. As the website can be accessed by any boater, it should give a boost to training generally. Visit ATYC for this and more, including their monthly newsletter

West Sussex Schools and Youth Sailing Association (WSSYSA) held their annual regatta at Felpham SC in early September. There were 120 sailors from ten organisations (nine clubs & one school) attending the two day regatta. The emphasis was on participation & having fun. Paralympic sailor Helena Lucas was on hand to provide coaching before and during racing, and video feedback after the racing. Every participant left with a certificate, a medal and a gift.

Sponsorship and grant aid in excess of £1500 was received from a number of organisations including Tesco (Bags of Help), Rooster and RYA L&SE Youth Training Fund (YTF). Particular thanks to the YTF for their support. Over 45 prizes were presented. Many visiting clubs supported the event by bringing safety boats, augmenting Felpham’s three powerboats with a further ten.

This year’s L&SE Watersport Centre symposium will be taking place on Monday 4 November at Westminster Boating Base. We have guest speakers talking through a range of topics plus updates from the L&SE RYA regional team and opportunity to network and share ideas with other watersport centres. 

Planning and Environmental - Our region has processed approximately 50 Marine Management Organisation (MMO) applications this year, some 20 in London and 30 in Kent and Sussex with each area also dealing with two planning applications. These varied from minor items such as repairs to outfalls and minor storm damage to beach replenishments, football stadiums oversailing the river, dock and harbour developments and windfarms. 

Examples include Fulham FC riverside stand construction now in progress with exclusions in place and site investigation bore holes for the proposed Lower Thames Crossing which are due to commence mid-October for some 10 weeks.

If your club/centre needs help on planning and environmental issues contact George Crowe (London) or Paul Rayner (SE outside the M25)

Brexit – With the current deadline rapidly approaching please visit the Current Affairs section of the RYA website. The session on this subject at the Cruising Conference on 12 January may prove very informative for the 2020 cruising season!

RYA Members Magazine - Assistance is requested please with any matters of interest for inclusion in the Around the Coast section of the magazine for the LSE Region. Please contact Bill Shepherd if you can help.

Kent Schools Sailing Association (KSSA) has organised eight events at seven different clubs this year: Chipstead, Bough Beech, Margate, Westbere, Medway, Whitstable, & Broadstairs. Two further autumn training events remain for this season. These events have involved 300+ sailors /days afloat for competition and training with an age range from 8-18 years. A group of 25 youngsters took part in the National Youth Regatta at Weymouth in July.

The Annual Regatta held at Whitstable YC attended by the Ann Allen MBE, chairperson Kent County Council, involved 50+ young people afloat from 13 different clubs. Currently plans are underway organising the monthly events for 2020 - we always welcome invitations to visit somewhere different !!

East Kent Yachting Association (EKYA) highlights this year have included a race management seminar presented by RYA regional race management coordinator Ian Bullock hosted by Downs SC and a presentation by the RNLI Community Safety Officer for Thanet - Andrew Mills - on their safety support to the Area and ways they can help

The Man of Kent Regatta sponsored by the Kent Cider Company was held at Downs SC in June, a three race regatta together with a junior rookie fleet

The RNLI can offer clubs tailored presentations on water safety, how to call for help, and inspection of life jackets. Clubs can offer the RNLI use of their premises free of charge, and of course fund raise. Contact Nick Marden

Medway and Swale Boating Association (MSBA) saw a raft of events over the season including the Isle of Sheppey SC Round the Island (Sheppey) race which has been reborn into a major event. The 61st 2019 island race had 69 entries from many different classes and clubs from all over the UK. It was won by Tim Neal and Simon Farren from Parkstone YC in a Formula 18.

UK Heritage Harbours, a joint initiative by the Maritime Heritage Trust (MHT) and National Historic Ships (NHS) Shipshape Network with support from the European Maritime Heritage (EMH), proposes that historic ports and harbours in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland be invited to be nominated as ‘Heritage Harbours’ (HH). The main objective is to create a symbiotic relationship between the harbour / riverside community and stakeholders including developers, ensuring that mooring and maintenance facilities are maintained for local and visiting historic vessels. A proposal to nominate Medway as the first British heritage harbour has been presented.