London and South East blog January 2023

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Our Regional Development Officer Steve Mitchell writes:

Dinghy and Watersports Show 2023

… on 25-26 February featuring dinghy sailing, windsurfing, wingsurfing, foiling and paddleboarding, however you like to get afloat. Join us in Farnborough 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. Find out more and get your free RYA member’s ticket

Exhibition hall at the RYA Dinghy Show

Club of the Year 2023

King George SC and London Corinthian SC are among the finalists for the RYA 2023 Club of the Year, so please vote for them Voting closes 23 January.

Grow your team of instructors and race coaches

Many clubs are experiencing a shortage of instructors and race coaches. Read our top ten tips to grow you team and please, using the same link, complete our survey to help us better understand the demand for instructors and race coaches. 

RYA Training Conference

The RYA Training Conference supported by Gallagher is our annual conference for RYA instructors, appointment holders and training centre principals. Join us near Oxford on 4-5 February for the latest updates from the RYA and wider industry, and connect with exhibitors and other delegates. Find out more and book

Regional Training Day

………(formerly Instructor Training Day) will be held on 11 March at Queen Mary Sailing Club. Find out more and please save the date – we’ll advise on our Facebook and Twitter when booking links are open.

Regional Training LSE

Instructor courses

Please plan ahead and save the dates for the following courses. Booking links and costs 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

Race Coach Development

There are still a couple of session left in the winter series of online workshops for RYA instructors, race coaches and trainers. These are Mindset on 7 February and Question Time on 7 March. Find out more and book

OnBoard development

Following on from the successful OnBoard Development Day at Queen Mary SC on 12 November we’re planning OnBoard resources sessions at four venues across our region. Please follow our regional Facebook or Twitter for more details shortly.

LSE OnBoard development day keelboat


If you’re looking for funding please take a look at Funding Opportunities – there’s a great new Funding Finder

The Together Fund is open for applications, deadline 7 March and projects must be delivered by September 2023. Find out more

Also please see Sport England’s Small Grants Programme 

Win a Suzuki powered Rigilflex safety boat and trailer for your club

…in a package worth £6400. Find out how 

Join our anchoring with care webinars

Over Spring, The Green Blue will be hosting a series of webinars sharing best practice techniques for anchoring and mooring which are safe, effective, and more friendly to the seabed. In particular the event on 31 January will focus on Essex. Find out more and register your interest 

News from our region

Active Thames grant boosts community watersports at Phoenix Outdoor Centre
50 not out for London and South East OnBoard
Breaking down barriers – Active Thames funding for The Ahoy Centre and Sports Works 

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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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