This month, nearly 50 clubs and centres in London and the South East are offering free sailing taster sessions as part of RYA Push the Boat Out 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.
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.
Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club will be hosting the world famous Round the Island Race, a true “tick in the box of life” for leisure and professional sailors. This year the event is open to all types of “non mechanical” vessels including windsurfers, rowers and stand-up paddleboards as well as dinghies and catamarans. Estimated number of entries: 50 – 100 boats.
UPDATE: Phone number for the race will be 01795 663052 and will be on channel 37 Call sign Shepp.
Simon Pugh has contacted us to ask for help. Blue Circle Sailing Club is just on the edge of the Thames Estuary in Cliffe. The club is a small lake sited within an area of natural beauty and has been there since 1957. Unfortunately the landlord of the lake is seeking planning to fill in the lake to an un- sailable depth which will close the club completely. Many Medway/Swale boaters or their children have learned to sail at the club.
PLEASE register your objection to closing this sailing and windsurfing facility. The quickest and easiest way to object is to click on this link or paste it into your browser address bar.
Then fill the form in with your objection. Don’t forget to choose OBJECT from the drop down box. To see details of the application you can click on this link which also gives other ways to object.