February blog

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Dinghy and Watersports Show 2023

…..is on 25-26 February in Farnborough. It’ll featuring dinghy sailing, windsurfing, wingsurfing & foiling and paddleboarding, however you like to get afloat. Join us for interactive family fun, watersports displays and demos, live coaching sessions, hundreds of boats and the biggest names in marine retail all under one roof. I’ll be at the show so come along and say hello. Find out more and get your free RYA member’s ticket 

RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show 2022, Farnborough International

Person centered coaching workshops

 ……..will take place at Queen Mary SC on 2 March and Surrey Docks on 3 March. Here’s what they are about……

The way people experience the sessions we run makes a huge difference to their experience of our sport. Join us to consider how we can deliver and adapt sessions on the water for people from diverse communities.

The aims of the day are:

  • To increase our confidence delivering sessions for people from diverse communities
  • To understand how to adapt our sessions for people from diverse communities
  • Develop our ourselves as instructors and coaches

Please find out more and book for Queen Mary or for Surrey Docks

Regional Training Day

Join your regional team for a day of personal learning and development at the Regional Training Day (formerly Instructor Training Day) on 11 March at Queen Mary Sailing Club. This is for anyone involved in the practical delivery of activities supported by the RYA small craft schemes to help you get set for the season ahead. Expertise will be on offer to enhance and inspire your knowledge and practical skillset. Find out more The booking link on this page will go live shortly.

Understanding your customers and retaining new members

Can I encourage you to find out more about this with your club development plan in mind. Knowing your customer is vital in order for your centre to grow. Market Segmentation is a process that builds a profile of potential customers, allowing you to better understand who your different customer types are, and where they are located. Here’s more help for you club to do this


Let’s say cheers to Proud to Pitch in which is a new funding initiative from Greene King IPA. The aim of this fund is to support sports focused projects that positively impact their club and/or the local community, and would tangibly benefit from funding. The fund is particularly focused on sports projects that have a long term impact. Examples of projects that have previously received funding include:

  • Renovations of a club’s facilities making them more inclusive and accessible
  • Coaching qualifications
  • New equipment

Find out more and apply Also please take a look at Funding Opportunities 

Instructor courses

Another reminder about the following courses. Booking links will be live soon.

Dinghy Senior Instructor

  • Bewl Water Outdoor Centre 22/23 & 29/30 April 2023
  • Queen Mary Sailing Club 7/8 & 14/15 October 2023

Power Boat Instructor

  • Dover Seasports 25/26 February & 4/5 March 2023
  • Arun Yacht Club 23-26 October 2023

Instructor training

Race Coach Development

There’s one last session left in the winter series of online workshops for RYA instructors, race coaches and trainers, “Question Time” on 7 March. Find out more and book 

News from our region

Active Thames awards funding to 26 organisations 

Get set for keelboat team racing championshi

Ukrainian scouts make sailing plans for 2023 

Rye Harbour Sailability fundraising brings new dinghy 

Rye Harbour Sailability new dinghy

Share your stories

We’re always looking out for stories to pop on our web site and send to your local media, and snippets (two or three sentences) to promote your events or show what you’ve been doing, with photos (landscape format) and links. Or why not send us a short video (15-100 seconds, landscape format) done in one take on your ‘phone to share on our social media. All should have some RYA/regional connection. Other clubs can enjoy your achievements and benefit from your experience. Send us your story


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