To represent the more than half a million leisure boaters in the Eastern Region of the UK to ensure that we maintain our freedom to sail and navigate in a sustainable environment. The Eastern Region covers the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex (except Thurrock), Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It represents 176 clubs and 95 Training Centres and 14,000 personal members.
The RYA Eastern Region is a group of area associations and clubs and its Committee is a non-reporting Committee of the Council of the RYA. This Regional Committee has representatives from each of the Area Associations plus individuals with specific skills or interests.
Clubs affiliate to an area association, which in turn sends one or two representatives (depending on the number of clubs it represents) to the Regional Committee, which meets three times a year. The regional committee is funded by the RYA to cover its programmes and expenses. The Chairman represents the region on the RYA Council.
Subcommittees of the Regional Committee include the Fleet Management Sub-Committee, which oversees the running of the regional training fleet and supports the Regional Development Officer (RDO) and the Zone High Performance Manager (HPM), and the Forum Sub-Committee when required to organise Conferences and Forums.
The region has just about every form of watersports; dinghy sailing, dinghy racing, sailboat cruising and racing, powerboat racing, motorboat cruising, windsurfing, personal water craft (jetskis) and water skiing. The region has the longest coastline of any of the RYA regions and it also contains the Broads and some of the best inland waterways and lake boating of any area. The region is recognised as one the liveliest and forward thinking in the RYA.
The RYA is the UK's national governing body for all forms of sailing, windsurfing, power boating and motor boating. It is the National Authority for racing in sailing dinghies. keelboats, yachts, windsurfers, and powerboats. Its training schemes are recognised and emulated all over the world. It looks after the interests of its growing personal membership of over 110,000 and 1,600 affiliated clubs, making sure their voice is heard in Parliament, in government departments, agencies, local and harbour authorities, as well as (indirectly) in Europe and at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Over 3.5 million people in the UK regularly participate in competition or activities within the RYA:s remit. Sailing is the country's most successful Olympic sport, and GB is the world's top Olympic sailing nation. Like many other sports the RYA has benefited from the lottery funded World Class Performance Programme.