Sailing and boating news and information from the RYA in the south west
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Prepare your club for 2013 and beyond

Activity at a busy sailing club

The RYA is offering sailing clubs across the south west the opportunity to sign up for free interactive workshops this winter which will provide information and advice on securing the long term future of your club and preparing for a successful 2013 season.From understanding membership to racing development to funding advice and communication planning, the RYA Club Workshops, supported by Gallagher Heath, have been designed to cover the issues that could make a big difference to your club.

“Following a fantastic summer of sport, we know that clubs are determined to capitalise on this excitement and are busy planning for 2013 and beyond,” explains Graham Manchester, RYA Strategic Lead on Adult Participation.

“We have been working very closely with clubs across the country to understand the challenges and issues that are most commonly being faced. These RYA Club Workshops will last for two and a half hours and will provide an opportunity to hear about best practice, share ideas and move ahead with positive actions.”

Here are the dates for the South West RYA Club Conference. 
For information on how to sign up visit

Cornwall and Bristol youngsters get through to Team15 final

The Roseland Wave Riders

The south west region has two teams competing at the Team15 Champions’ Cup National Final. The Roseland Wave Riders from St Mawes, who sail in the south-west T15 zone, will be joined by the Axbridge Animals from Bristol, who sail in the south zone. The national event will be held on 13-14 October 2012 at Northampton Sailing Club.

Youth regatta at Rock: great sailing, team spirit and home-made cakes!

Ellie Nuttall and Esme Hovil on the water

Twenty-eight young OnBoarders from four Cornish sailing clubs took part in an exciting weekend of racing in RS Fevas at Rock Sailing and Windsurfing Club (RSWC) on 8/9 September. The regatta was the fourth and final event of the OnBoard Cornwall RS Feva Travellers’ Series, which involved a total of 80 children.

Plymouth Marine Festival Try Sailing event

People at the event having fun on the water

Eighty people aged between 8 and 72 took to the water and tried sailing for the first time on Sunday 16 September during an RYA Sail for Gold event at The Barbican. It gave them the opportunity to find out how the Team GB Olympic and Paralympic sailors first caught the sailing bug.

Ladies get Sport England funding for new boats

Coleen Pope and Jackie Humphries of the Ladies that Launch

The Ladies that Launch group at Salcombe Yacht Club (SYC) set sail with their Olympic legacy in Salcombe this month, when they launched two new boats funded with a Small Grant Award from Sport England. 
Cup winners with Peter Bartlett MBE

Bartlett Cup Youth Regatta

The annual Bartlett Cup Regatta took place at Roadford Lake, near Launceston on Sunday 16 September. 57 competitors aged 8 -18 took part in three sailing races on the lake. The fun day of racing, organised by South West Lakes Trust's Outdoor+Active Centre, was well attended by both beginners and advanced junior sailors.
Sail numbers

The 'X' series

Within the latest Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2013-2016, those with keen eyes will note that the RYA has released a new series of sail numbers ending with the suffix of ‘X’ which will become eligible for use once the new RRS come into force on 01 January 2013.
HRH unveils the plaque in front of SW regional committee member Don Sutherland

Royal visit for Watchet Lighthouse

HRH The Princess Royal visited Watchet on Thursday 20 September to unveil a plaque celebrating the 150th anniversary of Watchet Harbour Lighthouse. As President of the RYA, she was invited by the Bristol Channel Yachting Association, Watchet Boatowners Association and the 1st Watchet Sea Scouts.
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Could your club be RYA Club of the Year?

It’s time for clubs to put themselves forward as the best in the UK. If your club is successful at encouraging people to get on the water, providing a range of quality and safe activities for all, attracting new club members and volunteers, engaging with the local community and demonstrating good governance and club management – what are you waiting for? The closing date for applications is 19 November 2012.
Dave Curno

New Chairman

Dave Curno has been elected as the new chairman of the the RYA SW Regional Committee.

Dave, who lives in Plymouth, started sailing dinghies in his youth, swapping to windsurfing for a time before returning to dinghies and yachts. He enjoys a mix of racing and cruising, and has been involved with the RYA regionally for the past 15 years. He is keen to promote all aspects of the RYA's work, representing members in the region, and has a particular interest in environmental matters.

He is also a keen cyclist and is involved with a local nature reserve.
Pete Bone

New Vice Chairman

Peter Bone, the newly elected vice chairman of the regional committee is based in Cirencester; yes it’s part of the South West Region!

He says: “My interest in sailing started way back in 1969 as part of a school sailing group which sailed at the original site of South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre. I became an RYA dinghy instructor in 1974, then taking an interest in powerboats and eventually appointed an RYA powerboat trainer in 1989. During this time I also became a senior sailing instructor and I am presently RYA Training Principal at Whitefriars SC in the Cotswold Water Park.

“I work full time in agriculture and sail yachts as a hobby.

“In my post as vice chairman of the RYA South West regional committee I would hope to support all activities that the RYA supports and help as many people as possible gain access to those sports.”

RYA South West Regional Committee

David Curno 

Vice Chairman
Peter Bone 

Nicola Buckett

Alan Westall

Elected members

Peter Bartlett

Peter Bone

Phillip Chorley

David Dunn

Roger Hollingsworth

Don Sutherland

RYA SW Regional Communicator
Manya McMahon

RYA SW Regional Development Officer
Tony Wood

RYA S and SW High Performance Manager
Chris Atherton

S and SW Regional Rules Advisor
Martin Smethers

RYA SW Race Management
Mike Johnson

SW Disabled sailing/Sailability
Bob Scull

RYA SW OnBoard Development Officers
Mark Belshaw
West Cornwall

Stuart Jones

Pete Muskett

Leon Ward
Bristol, Gloucestershire, Weymouth, Portland and W Dorset

Tony Wood
Lyme Regis, Sidmouth, Exmouth
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