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RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show- talks and speakers announced


Bringing some warmth to the depth of February, on -the-water fans won’t want to miss the 2022 RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show (26-27 February 2022) presented by Suzuki, which is heading to Farnborough International for the first time this February.

Alongside the much-loved dinghy sailing features, this year the show is expanding to also showcase windsurfing, wingsurfing & foiling, paddleboarding and more!

Over the years the show has hosted some of the greatest names in the industry and 2022 is no exception with world- class speakers, coaches and medalists offering expert advice on the Suzuki Main Stage, Knowledge Zone and new for 2022 the Watersports Stage

Hannah Diamond is back to present the 2022 show along with instructor and presenter Lee Timothy and windsurfing legend Peter Hart. Here’s what’s on offer…

On the Suzuki Main Stage

 Kicking off the talks, British Sailing Team Meteorologist, Simon Rowell will be sharing his expertise and essential top tips for forecasting afloat whether you’re sailor, windsurfer or paddler (11:00 Weather forecasting afloat).

Next up we’ll hear insights from some of the fastest sailors in the world including gold medalists Dylan Fletcher and Eilidh McIntyre plus sailors from SailGP. Stay updated on upcoming events, classes, technology, and ambitions for 2022 (Close to the action, 11:45).

Fans of paddleboarding won’t want to miss The Long Paddle (14:15) with Brendon Prince. Brendon paddled his way into record books in 2021 after completing his circumnavigation of Mainland Britain and will be revealing the highs and lows of the world’s longest SUP journey which raised funds and awareness for on the water safety.

Knowledge Zone

Fancy taking a masterclass with some of the UK’s top crews? Eilidh McIntyre (Saturday) and Anna Burnett (Sunday) are joined by the Ian Walker and others to share their top tips and advice for successful crewing (Crewing Masterclass, 12:45)

Meanwhile good communication at the start line is essential to achieve the perfect race start. British Sailing Team coach Johnny McGovern will be giving his advice to help you to get ahead. (Start line communication, 12:00)

If you’re planning more on water-adventures this year you’ll want to watch RS’s Jake Elsbury who is covering everything from launching to anchoring to make your next cruising trip plain sailing. (Tips for adventurers, 15:00)

Watersports stage

Brand new for 2022 is the Watersports Stage. Wingsurfing, and the more advanced wingfoiling, are the latest watersports crazes to hit our waters and foiling instructor James Hardy is sharing all the information you need to get started and to take flight. (All about winging 14:00).

Get started in windsurfing with Peter Hart and RYA Onboard’s Hannah Cockle for clothing and kit recommendations, rigging advice and techniques (The ultimate beginners guide to windsurfing, 13:00).

From entry level kit to staying safe on the water, beginners can learn the foiling fundamentals at midday with James Hardy (All about windfoiling- let’s take flight, 12:00) whilst those looking to progress can have their burning questions answered on everything from flight control to fully foiling jibes (Windfoiling ask the expert, 12:30).

You can also become a paddleboard pro with expert advice with Brendon Prince including essential kit tips and techniques for paddling in different conditions and locations (Paddleboarding top tips, 15;30).

See the full talk speaker schedule  


General information

RYA East Club Development Forums 

I am delighted to be able to let you know about forthcoming opportunities that you might find useful for your club.

RYA East are  hosting a range of online Club Development Forums that we hope will assist you in your drive to support your membership during this difficult time.

The first forum in our series is ‘How Can Your Club Engage Members During Lockdown?’. This will take place at 15:00 on Wednesday the 6th May and will last approximately 1 hour.

We know that many of your clubs are doing an excellent job of member engagement and we know that some clubs have asked for additional support in this area. We also know that clubs are concerned about offering value to their members and the impact of the current closures on future participation and renewals. During this interactive club development forum we will explore examples of how clubs are engaging with members during these difficult times and facilitate the sharing of ideas between attendees.

To book and find out more please click HERE You will also be able to view and book future forums at this link.

Hopefully you are all using the #SailFromHome resources, you can find out what’s going on here:

Please remember that all of the latest information for clubs can be found in the Covid-19 information hub on the RYA website HERE

Any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Robbie Bell, East Region RDO



Notices to Mariners (NtM) from the Crouch Harbour Authority


COVID 19 Restrictions

Recreational and Leisure Activities


We are issuing this notice in line with current Government Coronavirus (COVID 19) restrictions issued on Monday 23 March 2020.

To reduce social contact travel and potential strain on emergency services, we strongly recommend that all recreational and leisure activities on the tidal rivers Crouch and Roach are avoided until the current Government restrictions are relaxed.

Our priority is to keep the harbour open and functioning as long as possible. From 9 March the Crouch Harbour Authority implemented contingency planning measures to separate key workers who maintain our harbour patrols, pilot services and office staff. As a result of our resilience measures we have a reduced capability in responding to leisure incidents and enquiries. Although the harbour office is closed to the public it remains open for business by email and telephone. We regret that there may be delays when responding to routine enquiries.

We ask for your cooperation and understanding during the National Emergency.


Examples of Risk Assessments for small, medium and large events