RYA Webinar: Hear how other clubs have boosted membership

Following on from the recent webinars focusing on Pay-and-Play and Alternative Activity formats, the next in the series will focus on growing membership and club activity through effective marketing and communications. This could be the use of traditional forms of marketing (leaflet drops, events or open days) or better use of social media, web presence or the use of apps to co-ordinate beginner and other sailing activity.

Hosted by Matt Sheahan, respected sailing journalist, the one hour webinar will include short presentations and a Q&A session with some clubs that have successfully used marketing and communications to boost activity and membership. The aim is to share their insights on their challenges and successes with the wider sailing club community and watersports sector.

You will be able to ask questions and interact with the panel. The webinar is going to be recorded and will be available to view afterwards.

The trends highlight some people being ‘turned off’ by competitive activity, looking for activities which are easier to access and for unique experiences; all of which create challenges and opportunities for sailing clubs.

Here’s a web page with links to all of the recent ‘Futures’ webinars: https://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/Pages/future-webinars.aspx

MYC Cadet Week, 29 July – 3 Aug 2018

The event is open to MYC cadets, cadets from other RYA clubs and guests of MYC cadets. Attendees who wish to camp on site must be over the age of 12. The entry fee this year is £215, which is fantastic value for money with three meals a day, all sailing and evening activities and a hoodie/sweatshirt included in the price.

This event is only possible thanks to the time given generously by parents of cadets and other members of the club. Parents, etc, can you please let the organisers know by email via the link below which days you are available to help, either afloat with safety boat duties or shore side with breakfast, lunch, evening and night duties. A first draft duty rota will be issued soon, so it may be better to volunteer for what you want to do early.

Contact the Organisers…       Entry Form…          Boat Hire…

Girls’ Sail, Medway YC, 23+24 June 2018 -CANCELLED

A fun and social weekend of sailing. The training comprises 2 days at Medway Yacht Club, and is open to any female sailor with a Topper who can tack and gybe in light winds. Barbecue included for sailors on Saturday evening. Entry Fee £50 includes Saturday BBQ. The training needs a minimum of 6 participants. If fewer than 6 enter, the training may be cancelled and fees refunded. Online entry is now closed. Please contact squads@itca-gbr.co.uk if you wish to enter. Full details here…

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.

Click here for more information and booking…