Supporting cruising boaters from across the RYA East Region

The RYA East Region Cruising Conference is set to take place on Sunday, 24 November at the Royal Hospital School in Ipswich, set in 200 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour.

A jam-packed schedule of speakers and interactive sessions (09:30 – 15:30) will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from autonomous vessels and aerodynamics to getting the most from instruments and electronics.

Brexit and boating

Key note speaker Howard Pridding, RYA Director of External Affairs, will also deliver the latest insight into hot topics affecting your boating, including Brexit. Hear first-hand about the RYA’s lobbying work to engage with government and supportive Parliamentarians to ensure that the needs and concerns of the recreational boating community have been taken into account during the Brexit negotiations.

Choose a range of sessions delivered by industry experts, subjects include:

  • Cruising South Holland
  • Autonomous vessels
  • The East Coast Pilot
  • Hull aerodynamics and foil design
  • VHF/DSC updates…

And much, much more!

Conference delegates will benefit from yacht cruising updates and current RYA work for cruising members with well informed and entertaining speakers and workshop discussions.

Conference Programme

 Time Agenda itemSpeaker 
 09:15 – 10:00

Registration (Parade Ground Foyer)  

Teas and coffees

10:00 – 11.00

Welcome by the RYA East Chairman Introductions

Plans for the rest of the day

Keynote speaker: Howard Pridding, RYA Director of External Affairs. How will Brexit affect you and what representations are being made on your behalf by the Cruising, Legal and Government Affairs department

Questions and answers

 Doug MacEwan


Howard Pridding



11:00 – 11.30Break & Refreshments (Dining Hall) 
11.30 – 12.30

Session Choices Round 1

Autonomous Vessels and their future - the current use and development of autonomous vessels and their impact on coastal & ocean going yachting

Cruising South Holland - enjoy the experience of cruising South Holland with the knowledge and confidence of getting yourself to the best areas

VHF/DSC Updates including new emergency alerting systems - current developments and updates including new emergency alerting systems

Buying & Maintaining a boat - a Marine Surveyor's tips - what to look for when buying or maintaining a boat

Go boating without a boat - Kessingland Sea SC explain how they started cruising without owning their own boats

Dr Andy Norris

Bernie Hetherington

Sara Hopkinson

Joe Kershaw

Kessingland Sea SC

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch (Dining Hall)  
13.30 – 14.30

Session Choices Round 2

UK Harbour & Marina Protocol - the dos and don'ts of entering and leaving UK harbour and marinas

Hull aerodynamics and foil design - a great opportunity to hear Mercedes Formula 1 and Ben Ainslie's Americas Cup expert's insights to future technologies

Lifejackets - how to choose and look after one, looking after yourself and your crew

The 'New' East Coast Pilot - the author's insights to the new book with lots of fresh tales to tell

Expanding your cruising horizons - the experiences of cruising round Britain - anything is possible, so find out how it can be done

Bernie Hetherington  

Graham Miller

Sara Hopkinson  

Garth Cooper

Ian Patience

14.30 – 15.00 Break & Refreshments (Dining Hall)  
15.00 – 15.30

How RYA East Region Committee can help you (presentation & video with questions and answers)

Summary, thanks and close

Doug MacEwen

Alice Davies

Booking live soon

Tickets will cost £10pp for RYA members and £20pp non-members (including refreshments and lunch), so cruising boaters from across the region are urged to save the date (24 November 2019) and keep an eye on for more details.

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