Saturday (23 November 2019) saw the annual Affiliated Club Conference take place at the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook. Now in its 5th year, the event saw 120 delegates from over 50 clubs participate in the day, coming to learn about the latest news and updates from the RYA, and also to learn from the experiences of other clubs in the Region. 

The keynote speaker for the Conference was RYA CEO Sarah Treseder, who spoke on the Conference theme of volunteering, exploring the challenges and motivations faced by volunteers in today’s society, along with considering how volunteers can be encouraged within Clubs. 

Targeted towards club committee members, workshops during the day covered a wide range of topics from development opportunities for instructors and coaches to employment law, increasing on-the-water activity to funding - providing an opportunity for everyone to pick up new ideas and suggestions.

Regional Development Officer Robbie Bell, who organised the day, said: “It was great to see such a strong turnout for the RYA East Affiliated Club Conference. We have a huge number of club volunteers in the East Region, and its good to see these volunteers sharing good practice, ideas and suggestions during the event, with discussions started there carrying on throughout the year. The provisional date for 2020 is Saturday 28 November, so put this in your diaries now!”

If you’d like to find out more about how to get out on the water and start your sailing adventure, visit http://www.rya.org.uk/go/startboating