News Headlines from the Eastern Region

Chris Edwards Retires

Long serving Eastern Region Committee member Chris Edwards has retired. He is leaving his beloved East Coast to live nearer his family in Edinburgh. Chris, 83, had a long and distinguished career as a naval officer, before making his mark in the world of business. Read the full story >>

William is Eastern Youth Champion

William PankWilliam Pank (14) is the Eastern Region Youth Champion for 2017. A member of Norfolk Broads Yacht Club, Wroxham, he received his accolade from Paralympic medallist Helena Lucas at this year’s Dinghy Show.

William has competed in both Optimist and Feva classes around Europe. He was crowned 2016 Feva world champion in Santander, Spain with his crew Finley Dickinson.

His target this year is to qualify for the Optimist Worlds in Thailand and to defend his Feva crown as well.

Winter Sailors Win Award

Winter Sailors win awardSnowflakes Sailing Club based at Horning on the Norfolk Broads has been awarded  £10,000 award by Sport England to purchase a new support/rescue boat to expand its winter-only sailing activities.

Their season runs from October to March, and the new rescue craft will enable the Club to run a coaching programme targeted at youth dinghy sailors to include weekly development sessions to improve racing skills, boat tuning and race tactics.

ILovesailing Winner

Karen Langston ilovesailing photo winnerKaren Langston from Beccles has won a photographic entry in the RYA’s ilovesailing calendar for 2017, with a stunning shot of two young girls thoroughly enjoying a thrash up the River Waveney in their Feva.

The smiles say it all. This is the second time Karen has had a picture selected for the annual ilovesailing calendar.

Push the Boat Out

Nearly 50 sailing venues across the Eastern Region will be giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get out on the water and discover a new sport for nine days this year from 13-21 May as part of the RYA’s Push the Boat Out initiative. Over 90,000 people nationally have experienced sailing at Push the Boat Out events since 2013 with hundreds becoming members of sailing clubs and signing up for courses. Saskia Clark, Rio 2016 Gold medallist from West Mersea, said: “I got into sailing through my local sailing club so it’s fantastic to see so many people given the opportunity to discover what the sport’s all about right on their doorstep. If you want to inspire your non-sailing friends and family to giving sailing and windsurfing a go, make sure you put Push the Boat Out in the diary”.

You can find all events, venues and dates plus more information at this link.

Ha’penny Pier Visitor Moorings & Fees

The facility at Harwich’s Ha’penny Pier is for visiting yachts only, from 8th April 2017 to 15th October 2017. Boats can moor for a maximum stay of 72 hours in the areas indicated. All other areas are reserved for the Authority’s use and mooring by yachts is strictly prohibited. No reservations can be made for the yacht moorings, which operate on a first come, first served basis. Yachts must be prepared to raft. Yachts may moor without charge from 09:00 hours until 16:00 hours. Yachts mooring outside these hours will be charged as follows: up to 5 metres £10; 5 to 10 metres £15; 10 to 15 metres £20; 15 to 20 metres £25 and over 20 metres £35, per full 24 hours. Fees will be collected after 16:00 hours and before 09:00 hours in the morning. Access to the showers will be provided by the Pier Attendant to yachts that have paid to moor.

More People take to the Water

New research shows that 3.5 million people (6.7 per cent of UK adults) participated in one or more of 12 core boating activities in 2016, the highest volume recorded since 2009 (3.534 million). An additional 668,828 (1.3 per cent of UK adults) took part in growing watersports activities, a rise of approximately 95,000 more participants. Overall, a total of 4.16 million people (7.9 per cent of UK adults) enjoyed boating and watersports in 2016.  Read more >>

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 >>

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.

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>