A Thank You to RYA East Outgoing Chair and Welcome to Our New Chair

At the last RYA Committee meeting on Saturday 18 February Doug was thanked for his efforts by the Committee. Originally joining the Committee through representing CAYF (the Crouch Area Yachting Federation), and previously serving as Vice Chair for two years prior to 2018, Doug has contributed an enormous amount to the Region and its activities. Going forward, the Chair of the Regional Volunteer Team will be Alice Davies, with Sara Hopkinson taking up the role of Deputy Chair following her retirement as Chair of HASA (Harwich Area Sailing Association).

Robbie Bell, Regional Development Officer for the East said:

“Doug has committed a significant amount of time and enthusiasm on behalf of the RYA and I am very grateful for all of his hard work. The RYA benefits hugely from volunteers and I am really looking forward to working with Alice over the coming

months to implement a new regional structure. If you are interested in supporting the RYA through volunteering please get in touch.”

The Regional Volunteer Team draws upon expertise in the Region, including Specialist Appointment holders such as the Regional Planning Environment Coordinator, Regional Race Management Coordinator and Regional Rules Adviser; and Local Sailing Associations. Currently, 12 area associations are represented, including:

· Association of Nene River Clubs

· Association of Southend Clubs

· Bedfordshire and Cambridge Area Association

· Blackwater and Colne Area Sailing Association

· Crouch Area Yachting Federation

· Great Ouse Boating Association

· Harwich Area Sailing Association

· Herts and West Essex Inland Waterways

· National Schools Sailing Association

· Royal Naval Sailing Association

· Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association

· North West Norfolk Sailing Association

For more information about how to get out on the water in the East Region, visit https://www.rya.org.uk/start-boating

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