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News Headlines from the Eastern Region

Thames Barrier Closures

The Thames Flood Barrier will be closed once a month for test purposes, in accordance with a programme issued for a period of six months, commencing 1st May 2017. Read the Notice to Mariners.

Mike Peyton Yachting Cartoonist

Sadly Mike Peyton, UK's  famous yachting cartoonist , died late on Wednesday 25 January, aged 96. His cartoons have become well-known classics and his cartoons depicting everyday hazards of sailing, especially on the East Coast, appealed as  many sailors could recognise themselves in his cartoons.

RYA East Opportunities and Events

Club Officers may be interested in the Opportunities and Events organised in the Eastern Region. More details at this link >>

Olympic Sailors Recognised in the New Year Honours List

Golden Rio sailors recognised in New Year Honours. Details can be found at this link.

Aspiring young sailor awarded by John Merricks Sailing Trust

An aspiring young sailor from Alton Water Sailing Club (AWSC) is being awarded with his very own boat donated by the John Merricks Sailing Trust (JMST), the official charity of the RYA OnBoard programme. Read the full story >>

Two Norfolk sailing couples receive RYA Volunteer Awards from HRH The Princess Royal

Two Norfolk sailing couples were among dedicated volunteers from across the UK who had their endeavours recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the annual RYA Volunteer Awards on 18 November.

Alistair and Karen Fields with the Princess Royal Liz Ollier with the Pricess Royal
Alistair and Karen Fields, members of Horning Sailing Club, received an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award for their exceptional generosity and commitment to boating Liz and Phil Ollier, members of Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association (NSBA), received an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award

Snettisham Beach Sailing Club completes Inspired new Facility

Funded by a Sport England Inspired Facility Grant for £75000 and a further £28000 raised by the club, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club has completed its new clubhouse. Read the full story >>

Project Kraken

Project Kraken is a joint law enforcement operation tackling maritime threats to the UK. There are over 11,000 miles of British mainland coastline, and a complex network of estuaries, navigable rivers, coves, inlets, ports and harbours, all of which can be exploited by terrorists and serious criminals. The National Crime Agency and other government departments want you to report any unusual or suspicious behaviour in these and other maritime environments. No matter how trivial it may seem; if it looks out of the ordinary, they want to know about it. More information at this link >>

Sailability Groups in the Eastern Region

The map at this link shows the various Sailability Groups that are operating in the Eastern Region area.

Norfolk Youngsters OnBoard for Sailing Festival

It was the perfect end to Horning Sailing Club’s training season with their Junior Regatta and RYA OnBoard Festival, held on Saturday 10 September 2016.  Still on a high from the previous weekend’s successes, where Horning had successfully won the Broadland Youth Regatta Team Trophy, some 40 young people took part in the day’s events. Read the full story >>

Performance Rights and Licences for any Music played at your Clubs

At the link you can find important information for your Clubs on Performance Rights and Licences for any Music played at a club. Note that the penalties for non compliance are quite severe. Click the link for a summary of the legal situation >>

RYA Statement on Impact of the UK Referendum Vote to Leave the EU

The important statement by the RYA is in the latest RYA Cruising News of July 2016 and on the RYA website at this link. It includes views on the impact Brexit will have on boating activities.

Safe Watersports in vicinity of MOD Shoeburyness range

With the summer season approaching fast, it’s timely to remind local sailing clubs and associations of the restrictions on sailing in the vicinity of the Foulness and Maplin Sands. The Range is active Monday to Friday (occasionally at weekends), all year round conducting activities that involve firing and detonating live ammunition, often over long distances, out to sea. More detail at this link >>

East Anglia ONE Windfarm final investment decision

Following a final investment decision for the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, ScottishPower Renewables will now progress with development, aiming to put it into operation by 2020. More details >>

Ongoing construction works for the Ipswich Tidal Barrier

Work to construct the Tidal Barrier is ongoing, and will involve some disruption to navigation. Relevant Notices to Mariners can be found on our Navigational Issues page.

Invasive Species

Non-native invasive species can affect marine operations, block boats’ engine cooling systems, foul hulls and lead to costly repairs. Please report sightings. More details on the problem, and how to report sightings can be found at this link >>