Welcome to the March edition of the NorthWest newsletter. Here, you will read about RYA activities in the NW, and find out more about latest initiatives from RYA HQ. The newsletter is being sent by e mail to clubs and centres in the NW. You can forward the e mail news to your fellow committee members at your club, or even to all your membership thus giving them all the chance to get the latest news fast. Print a copy to put on your notice board to let others see the news, or cut and paste stories onto your club website. You can also be added to the circulation group to receive your own personal copy.If you would like to be added to the distribution list, just contact the Regional Secretary at jgraham.knox “at” virgin.net

This month’s highlights include;

* Dates for your Diary
* NW Club in Top Five
* RYA Zone news- RYA Youth Nationals
* Zone news- Youth Squad Applications
* Zone news- Grants for Volvo Champion Clubs
* Zone Championships- dates venues and classes
* Race Coaching courses
* Regional Development- Instructor courses
* Regional Development- OnBoard news and dates
* Regional Development- T15 news and dates
* Cruising-Tips on Anti Fouling
* Cruising- Navtex Updates
* Yacht Racing- Brass Monkeys at Liverpool YC
* Medallists open Volvo Dinghy Show
* Sailability TV launched at Dinghy Show
* RYA Publications- new books in March


RYA NW Training Conference, Windermere, 21 March

RYA Youth Nationals, Largs, 12-17 April



Getting into sailing has never been so easy with one of the best clubs in the UK on your door step. Local club Redesmere Sailing Club, near Macclesfield, has been shortlisted as one of the top five places to get on the water by the sport’s national governing body the RYA (Royal Yachting Association).

As a finalist for the RYA’s Club of the Year Awards 2009, Redesmere SC travelled to the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show in London to pick up their award.

Club commodore Colin Barrie commented; “We are absolutely over the moon to be getting this award. Being named as one of the best clubs in the whole of the UK is testament to all the hard work our members and volunteers have put into the club.”

He continued “Sailing is such a great sport and the feeling you get out on the water blasting around is difficult to top. We just want as many people as possible to get involved and enjoy it as much as we do.”

The awards criteria identified clubs that were forward looking and vibrant, worked hard at promoting the sport and encouraged people on to the water through a range of activities. It was also important clubs showed they were making their activities accessible to a wide range of people in the community and ensured all ages and abilities were catered for.

The club has an active website at www.redesmere.org.uk with information about What’s On, and the club welcomes visits from people interested to find out more about taking up sailing.



11-17 APRIL

Sunday 29th March is the closing date for entries

If you haven’t entered by then you will not be allowed to race “” please be aware that entries are not considered complete until you have paid. If your name is not on the entry list then you haven’t completed entry.

The Princess Royal is visiting the championships on Wednesday 15th April.

Enter by going to www.ryaracingevents.org.uk


If you want to be considered for one of the RYA Youth Squads you need to apply online. Please do this before you go to the Youth Nationals.

To apply go to www.ryaracingevents.org.uk

and follow the link on the left-hand side to 2009 RYA National Youth Squad/TT Applications.



Have you downloaded the new selection policy for the RYA National Youth Squads?

There have been several changes from previous years so it is very important to read it.

The RYA National Youth Squad has 2 separate training periods, each with a distinct entry point.

A principal one and a secondary one.

Each uses specified indicator events from which results and discretionary places are allocated. Details can be found by downloading the selection policy from


RYA Community Awards. For more information go to



Up to £500 for your Club Volunteers !

As an RYA Volvo Champion Club, your club can apply for £400 (which must be matched by the club) to help your club to train/retrain/refresh/qualify your volunteers. You can also claim £100 (no match funding required) to recognise & thank the volunteers who make your VCC activities a reality.

An application form and full details regarding the grants can be downloaded from the RYA Volvo Champion Club website: http://www.rya.org.uk/AboutRYA/programmesinitiatives/championclubs/Pages/clubandcoachfunding.aspx

Forms should be completed and returned by 31st March to ensure your volunteers get a great start to the season.

If you want more information contact Chris Blackburn chris.blackburn@rya.org.uk

Draycote Water Sailing Club     West Toppers     West Optimists     North & West Fevas     North & West Windsurfers

Burton Sailing Club     North Toppers     North Optimists     North & West Mirrors     North & West Cadets go to East atGrafham


Chris Blackburn will be visiting the following clubs in the next few weeks

13/14/15 Mar Pwllheli

17/18 Mar Rutland

27 Mar N/W

28 Mar Redesmere

29 Mar Clowbridge

02 Apr Bolton

15 Apr WPNSA w’surf camp

28 Apr Bassenthwaite


RYA High Performance Manager N & W Zones

Tel: 07909 994637

Email: chris.blackburn@rya.org.uk


We are always on the look out for clubs to hold level 2 racing coach courses. If you think your club could hold one please get in touch with Chris or Jenny.  If you are not sure if you are suitable to apply please ring us to talk it through RYA Racing Coach Level 2 ““ (Club Racing Coach).Definition: “˜A qualified RYA Racing Coach Level 2 is a good club racer with personal knowledge of club and/or regional racing and a broad basis of coaching skills able to deliver and award Start and Intermediate Racing and Advanced Racing where appropriate, working at affiliated clubs or recognised training centres.’

The course to become an RYA Racing Coach Level 2 is an intense weekend looking at the theory of coaching and applying it in practical series of on the water exercises. Each candidate will be expected to run complete sessions including a brief, on the water exercises with feedback and a debrief. The aim of the course is to provide candidates with skills and techniques to coach racing to youth and adult sailors.

Level 2 Racing Coach Courses

North and West courses

14/15 March Bartley

28/29 March Hykeham

18/19 April Bassenthwaite

18/19 April Glossop

If you want to hold a course at your club let us know in good time. We are currently starting to book courses from May onwards.


2009 Instructor Courses


* RYA Dinghy Instructors course @ Low Wood Watersports, Windermere

* March 28/29th & April 4-6th

*  Contact: Low Wood on 01539 439441

o RYA Dinghy Instructors course @ Hollingworth Lake Activity Centre

April 4 ““ 8th

Contact:  01706 370 499

o RYA Dinghy Instructors course @ Towerwood OEC, Windermere

April 13 ““ 17th

Contact:  01539 531 519

o RYA Dinghy Instructors course @ West Kirby SC


July 20-24th


Contact: paul.jenkins@wksc.org.uk

o RYA Dinghy Instructors course @ Waterpark, Coniston

August 17 ““ 21st

Contact: 01229 885456

o RYA Inland Dinghy Senior Instructors course @ West Lancs Yacht Club

April 14 ““ 17th

Contact: sally.kilpatrick@rya.org.uk


o RYA Windsurf Senior Instructors Course @ Trafford Watersports & Salford Watersports

July 4/5th and 18/19th

Contact: sally.kilpatrick@rya.org.uk


* RYA Powerboat Instructors Course @ Safewater Training, Wirral

April 21 – 23rd

Contact:  0151 630 0466

* RYA Powerboat Instructors course @ Safewater Training, Wirral

May 15 – 17th

Contact:  0151 630 0466

* RYA Powerboat Instructors course @ Safewater Training, Wirral

May 24 – 26th

Contact:  0151 630 0466

If anyone needs any other RYA Instructor courses / Endorsements please contact me so that I can know the demand and organise courses accordingly.

Any Club or Centre wishing to run an Instructor course in any discipline please contact me to check that it is ok and supply dates / venue and details of the Coach or Trainer running the course.

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Greater Manchester:

o Adam McGovern has been planning open days and getting school sessions sorted for his OB clubs for the coming year

o Glossop SC have just sent in an application to be the 9th sailing partner

o OB Interclub events are:                  29th May @ Hollingworth Lake

12th July @ Burwain SC

30th Oct @ Salford watersports

Cheshire & Merseyside:

o Luke is busy signing up the first 3 sailing partners ““ currently applications have been submitted from Pilkington SC, S.Y.S.C.A (Schools & youth sailing & canoeing Association) and West Lancs YC.

o OB festival will be Sat 29th August @ West Kirby SC


* OB regattas are:   19th May @ Derwent Water Marina

4th October @ Lakes Leisure Windermere

Team 15

Your browser may not support display of this image.Glossop SC are the latest to set up a T15 club in the North West bring the total number

of T15 clubs to 8.

Check out the website www.team15.org.uk ““for your nearest club and latest news
T15 Interclub Events 2009

· 30th May @ Manley

· 27th June @ Glossop SC

· 11th July @ Astbury

· 5th September @ West Kirby

T15 Champions Cup 2009

October 10th & 11th @ Rutland
Sally Kilpatrick, Regional Development Officer


Tips from The Green Blue on Anti Fouling
“Tips to minimise your environmental damage.”
1.     Topside paints, antifouling, varnish, used brushes, rollers, trays and solvents are all hazardous waste and should therefore be disposed of accordingly.
2.     The key is to prevent antifouling from unnecessarily entering the water. Skirt the hull when scrubbing down or painting the hull and use a tarpaulin to catch the flakes and drips. Don’t leave a coloured patch under your hull!
3.     If washing off on a slipway, use a device such as a loop of rope to catch any paint particulates and then sweep up and dispose of as hazardous waste.
4.     Look into alternative hull paints such as hard vinyl, silicone or Teflon, which are suitable for in water hull cleaning systems.
5.     Dust from sanding paint and antifouling coatings is toxic. Using a dustless vacuum sander will also protect your health.
6.     If you use scrubbing piles, only scrub off the fouling and not the residue paint- be careful not to let the old or new paint enter the water.
7.     Select a marina, club or boatyard which has a closed loop scrub down facility which collects residues from wash down.
8.     Select the right type of antifouling for your craft and boat usage- take advice from your chandlery. Use water based paints where possible or low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints.
9.     Apply the right amount of antifouling required and do not spill it- when applying, use a sheet to collect drips.


Navtex Updates

The RYA has received a number of complaints about poor Navtex reception in the west of Scotland.

At present the RYA is taking part in discussions with the Irish Authorities about improving the quality of transmissions by utilising a new 490kHz transmitter installed at Malin Head.

The theory would be that the Malin Head transmitter would duplicate the Portpatrick transmissions in terms of data and would help fill in any gaps in coverage.

At present, Malin Head only requires the allocation of a new B1 identity character before it becomes operational.

In addition to this, there are a number of changes to all three UK 490kHz Navtex stations.

These are:

0120, 0520, 0920, 1320, 1720, 2120

0320, 0720, 1120, 1520, 1920, 2320

0020, 0420, 0820, 1220, 1620, 2020

In addition to this, the Inshore Waters Forecast and outlook will  be broadcast four times a day, at the times shown in bold above, but only once at the other locations.

Reports of actual weather conditions, consisting of sea level pressure, wind direction, wind speed and visibility will be broadcast as and when reports are available on any of the six time slots available from each Navtex station. These will be taken from selected MET office sites.

Any strong wind warnings will be highlighted on the Inland Waters Forecast.



The sixth and final race of the renard-systems.co.uk Brass Monkey series was held on Sunday March 1st.  Race Officers Jim Connolly and Bobby Nightingale faced the prospect of a very light Westerly and a strong spring tide but the sun was shining!  Fortunately by the race start the wind had increased.  Speeds on the final spinnaker run from Dukes to the finish exceeded even those in the previous race and there were some noteworthy broaches on other yachts.

From the shelter of the Lock the course looked as if it might be very difficult to complete with several beats against the tide.  At the start several boats went wide and only just managed to get past Pluckington which had an impressive bow wave!  After the initial run upstream both fleets beat downriver against the tide before the Class 1 fleet, sailing an 11.7 nM course made five crossings of the river between E2 and G9 before going down to Dukes via Dingle and the final run home.  Unusually two of the seven Class 1 fleet decided to retire.  Richard Booth’s Another Nods took both line and class honours ahead of Neil Thomas in Mighty Max with Andy Farrell’s “the f word” taking third 30 seconds ahead of Jim Cartwright’s Daydream Believer.

Classes 2 & 3 sailed a 9.9 nM course with a second beat against the tide and only two cross channel crossing before completing the Dingle / Dukes legs.  In Class 2 Michael Inman’s Musketeer enjoyed the conditions and dominated the race ahead of Stuart Lofthouse’s Skukusa who managed to take second place 26 seconds ahead of Paul Hampson’s Magic Moments.  Warwick Telfer in Clairvoyant managed to cement a series win with a further class 3 victory followed by Annie Ward and Andy Napper’s Di-Rich with Richard Baldwin’s Tango third.

A very good day’s racing was enjoyed by everyone and was topped off by a generous series prize giving from the sponsor Dave Butterfield of Renard Systems.
Brass Monkey Series Results

Series Position     Class 1     Class 2     Class 3
1st.     Dinamite Tee     Musketeer     Clairvoyant
2nd.     Another Nods     Skukusa     Tango
3rd.     The F Word     Magic Moments     Di-Rich
4th.     Daydream Believer     Mistoffelees     Legless
5th.     Mighty Max II     Impact     She Fever
6th.     Rebel     JLS     Night Flyer
7th.     Ulula     Quattro


Medallists Opened Show

Seven of Britain’s history-making Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympics’ team sailors, including three gold medallists, kick-started a weekend dedicated exclusively to dinghy sailors when they opened the doors to the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009, in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki.

For the weekend of 7th ““ 8th March, Alexandra Palace was the home of all things dinghy sailing.

Paul Goodison, Team Volvo for life sailor and Skandia Team GBR’s gold medal winning Laser star said: “This show is fantastic for dinghy sailors no matter what age or ability they are.  There are so many great boats, pieces of kit and speakers at the show that everyone comes away with something to improve their sailing.”

Paul was joined by fellow Beijing stars:

Iain Percy – Double Gold medallist, Beijing 2008 (Star) & Sydney 2000 (Finn)
Andrew Simpson – Gold, Beijing 2008 (Star)
Stevie Morrison – 9th, Beijing 2008 (49er)
Helena Lucas – 7th, 2008 Paralympics Regatta (2.4m)
Nick Rogers – Double Silver medallist, Beijing 2008 (470m) & Athens 2004 (470m)
Joe Glanfield – Double Silver medallist, Beijing 2008 (470m) & Athens 2004 (470m)



RYA Sailability, the charity of the Royal Yachting Association which provides disabled people with access to sailing activities, launched its brand new online information resource “˜Sailability TV’, at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009.

This unique site provides a one stop shop of information from events, clubs and boats to volunteering, training and promotions for disabled sailors and volunteers alike.

Debbie Blachford, RYA Sailability manager said: “We are delighted to be launching the site, allowing even more people access to information about all the activities available for disabled sailors out on the water around the country. Providing the information in this format allows viewers to get a real feel for what Sailing is all about and what Sailability has to offer; through the great pictures and videos and real life case studies on the show and to really keep viewers engaged.”


New in March

RYA Pocket Guide to Fishing Knots, Jim O’Donnell, £5.99

RYA International Collision Regulations- 2nd edition, Tim Bartlett, £8.99

RYA Astro Navigation Handbook, Tim Bartlett, £8.99


The latest version of the Junior and Youth Racing Guide is now available. This booklet is an essential guide for young sailors and parents as it shares opportunities available and provides advice on how to plan and follow a successful sailing pathway.

Please contact your High Performance Manager or email Frances Wilson frances.wilson@rya.org.uk

RYA books can be ordered at most marina shops, or online from the RYA site. Remember, all RYA members gain a 15% discount on RYA books. Order at www.rya.org.uk/shop or phone the order hotline on 0845 345 0372. RYA Vouchers can also be purchased on the site.


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RYA NW contacts

Chairman; David Williamson  dwilliamson “at”rya-online.net

Secretary;  Graham Knox   01706 642311  jgraham.knox “at”virgin.net

High Performance Manager for North and West; Chris Blackburn   07909 994637   chris.blackburn “at”rya.org.uk

Regional Development Officer; Sally Kilpatrick  07747 534527   sally.kilpatrick “at”rya.org.uk

OnBoard Development Officer; Adam McGovern   Adam.McGovern “at” Rochdale.gov.uk

Chairman, Training Forum; Dave Woodhead  01257 265208  david.woodhead3″at”virgin.net

Regional Race Management Adviser;  Adrian Stoggall   01625 871579  stoggall “at” zetnet.co.uk

Regional Rules Adviser; Peter Johnson   0151 632 1805 mq22 “at” liv.ac.uk

Regional Windsurf Liaison Officer;  Mike Roberts   0161 904 0212   mark “at” aroberts56.freeserve.co.uk

Sailability; Ian Shirra      07749 012414      ian “at” shirra.fsnet.co.uk

Communications;  Alan Henderson    01292 281383 alanhe “at” tiscali.co.uk

Web addresses for further information;

RYA NW    www.rya-northwest.org.uk OnBoard;   www.ruob.co.uk

RYA HQ www.rya.org.uk or tel   0845 345 0400       Team 15;   www.team15.org.uk

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