Nominate an RYA Youth Champion by 19 Jan 2018

The RYA is turning the spotlight on 2017’s most promising young sailors, windsurfers and powerboaters by opening nominations for the RYA Regional Youth Champion Awards. These awards are a fantastic opportunity for clubs, class associations and individuals to recognise the outstanding achievement and performance of young people across the range of activities that the RYA represent.

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RYA Director of Sport Development Alistair Dickson said: “After a highly successful 2017, we are delighted to open these awards which highlight the hard work and determination of some of our most talented young sailors, windsurfers and powerboaters. They also help to emphasize the endless support of our many volunteers who work so hard at the club level to give youngsters the best possible start to their future sailing careers. Winners must have shown success on the racecourse at local, national or international level.”

Nominees must be under 19 years of age at 31 December 2017. From the nominations received, each of the RYA regional committees will select a regional winner. RYA Scotland and RYA Northern Ireland conduct a separate awards process. All award recipients and their families will be invited to the RYA Dinghy Show for the official awards ceremony. Nominations will close on 19 January 2018.

RYA Regional Cruising Conference, 24 Feb 2018

The RYA London and South East Region is putting on a conference that will appeal to many Medway/Swale boaters. It will be held at Newline Academy near Maidstone on 24 Feb 2018. This is likely to be a biennial event interleaving with the MSBA conferences, of which the next will be in spring 2019.

The RYA conference will be free to attend and is aimed at boaters connected with RYA affiliated clubs/associations and training centres. The day will be full of presentations and workshops that will cover a wide variety of topics for the cruising and racing sailor, such as:

  • “Tips & Tricks” for successful anchoring
  • Current Cruising issues including Brexit
  • Sail trimming
  • Motor cruising topics
  • Environmental challenges facing boaters today
  • and more!

The main focus will be on providing help and advice and there will be ample opportunities for attendees to ask questions of the presenters. Lunch and refreshments will be also be provided and will be free on the day.

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Trevor Peen

We are sad to announce that Trevor Peen passed away suddenly earlier this month. Trevor was the principal of Medway Watersports Trust and for many years an MYA/MSBA committee member who campaigned tirelessly for safety on the river.

Trevor’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th December at 2 pm at Gravesend Crematorium and afterwards at the Medway Cruising Club clubhouse.  All are welcome. No flowers but donations to the RNLI please.

Oyster trestles obstruct navigation at Whitstable

Following a complaint by Whitstable Yacht Club, a report published on the Marine Management Organisation’s website acknowledges that the presence of oyster trestles causes or is likely to cause obstruction or danger to navigation, whilst concluding that the farm’s operations are nevertheless acceptable as a low risk to marine navigation.

In response, the RYA has formally written to the Director of Marine Licensing at the MMO setting out their concerns with the report and arguing that the measures put in place since the investigation started do not negate the need for a marine licence. The RYA considers that these trestles require a full marine licence on the basis that they could cause obstruction or danger to navigation.

Read more on RYA website…