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April 2019 blog

The start of the season is fast approaching, even though you wouldn’t think it given the sleet & snow we’ve been getting this week.

Hopefully the Scottish Clubs and Centres are finishing off their ‘start of season’ spring cleans, training and re-energising sessions so that they are ready to support members – current and new – to get on the water!

So what is happening in the boating world this month, we think there are a number of opportunities to get involved and to shape our sport, as well as success stories to highlight. This month, there are also some ‘regional updates’ that are specific to clubs/centres within certain regional areas.


Push the Boat Out 2019

We’ve had another fantastic response to PTBO 2019 and it is great to see over 40 clubs/centres once again getting involved – huge thanks for getting involved in Try Sailing in May. The ‘promotional packs’ are winging their way to those who registered prior to the beginning of March, however there is still a chance to appear on the ‘Map of Activity’ by signing up through this link.

We hope to get out to a number of the events during the month to see the real difference the clubs/centres make in promoting sailing and windsurfing activity to potential new ‘recruits’.


Developing Your Racing Initiative for 2019

The first of our Develop Your Racing sessions takes place this weekend (06 April) at Dalgety Bay SC The workshops shall take place at 3 venues (Galloway Activity Centre & Chanonry SC too) on a Saturday or Sunday which will give us a little more time on topic and to allow those from further afield to attend. The first workshops will look at coaching skills both on and off the water and you will leave the day with some creative ideas to take back to your club or training centre. The second round of workshops will reflect on the season and will explore the vision of racing within your club. For more information and to book onto these workshops please follow this link.


Special Olympics and Wheels to Water Event

The fantastic SOGB Sailing Team had an awesome event in Abi Dhabi, coming home having made great strides in sailing the Bahia Dinghies, increased confidence all round and with Jamie & Darren taking a bronze medal! The weather conditions were unusual and so it was difficult to get as much sailing in as hoped, however the team were flabbergasted by the support from both locals and those at home through social media. Read more about the team, made up of Able2Sail and Clyde Muirshiel Sailors & Coaches by following this link.


If this inspires you to get involved in disability sailing – as a sailor or a coach/instructor/volunteer – then you may be interested in the Wheels to Water event taking place on Saturday 08 June at Clyde Muirshiel Country Park. The event, in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport and a number of other sporting governing bodies, is open to all with physical, sensory and/or learning disabilities and provides a great environment to try a variety of sports with family. More information can be found here


Supporting our Environment

Have you seen our recent articles about how to help keep our environment clean, to recycle and to generally support Keeping Scotland Beautiful? More information on how this can be done is available by clicking on this link

Keep Scotland Beautiful – Clean Up Events

Registering for an event will help put your club on their map and the clean-ups assist in providing annual data around our coasts. Will you help to support our environment?


The West Coast of Scotland

If you have been following our social media you will have seen information about two key areas that clubs & cruisers should get involved in and/or have knowledge of.

The first is around the Clyde Regional Marine Draft plan – the pre-consultation draft is now live on the Clyde Marine Planning partnership website along with the interim draft SA-SEA, online consultation form and a calendar of pre-consultation events (dates can be found here). RYA Scotland is a member of the Clyde Marine Planning Partnership and has been involved in the development of the draft plan. Please note that the draft has been released at this stage to identify any omissions or errors in advance of the full consultation.

The second is around a change in the buoys that mark out Oban Bay North Entrance. The Corran Ledge Buoy has been removed as the channel is now marked by permanent buoys. The 2019 version of the Oban Bay Leisure guide shows the buoys which are beyond the edge of the large vessel channel. Anyone who sails this way would be advised to familiarise themselves with the new guide.


Highland and Moray Sailing

During recent discussions with clubs/centres in the Highland & Moray Local Authorities, it has been highlighted that some mechanism of regular communication between clubs/centres and linking to RYA Scotland would be a good thing. Therefore, we have agreed to facilitate a discussion on Tuesday 30 April (7pm for 7.30pm) to see if there is a desire to continue some sort of communication and partnership working. All clubs/centres in the area have been sent an invite to the meeting at the Spectrum Centre in Inverness and feedback is also invited by email. If you have any questions, would like a copy of the letter & email and/or would like to attend the meeting then please get in touch with Liza Linton, Development Manager at RYA Scotland!


Save the Dates for 2019 – further information shall be on the website soon

May 2019 – Push the Boat Out – national opportunities to get involved in sailing and windsurfing

08 June 2019 – Wheels to Water Event

17 Aug 2019 – Scottish Club Trophy Training Day – Loch Earn Sailing Club

18 Aug 2019 – Scottish Club Trophy – Loch Earn Sailing Club

16 Nov 2019 – Regional Development Conference – Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore

30 Nov 2019 – Regional Development Conference – sportscotland HQ, Glasgow

18 Jan 2020 – Regional Development Conference – Tayside/Dundee area (venue tbc)


Finally, we hope that you find useful this information useful to you and your club and that it helps to plan for the season ahead. As always, if there’s a feature you would like to see us introduce such as a ‘club development topic’ then please get in touch so that we can tailor the blog to you!

Take care and we hope to see you soon,

The Development Team, aka Robin, Jack & Liza

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