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New Rondar, GPR Firefly
Monday, 09 February 2015 00:00

Firefly-4First built for the 1948 Olympics as a single-hander, and presently raced by a crew of two, the Firefly is an incredibly popular dinghy in schools, universities and fleets around the UK.

At the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2015, the National Firefly Association (Stand C68) will be displaying a brand new Rondar, GRP Firefly, with its  new interior layout offering more space and classic lines, alongside a 1970 built wood Fairey hull with a recent Mk IV deck conversion, showing that older hulls can still be race ready and competitive.

Fireflies are the class for BUSA (university team race championships), the Schools Team Race Champs, the world famous Wilson Trophy at West Kirby and usually any ISAAF Team Race worlds, offering plenty of team racing thrills.  If you are a school age fleet racer, there is also the School Championships held at Itchenor each year.  In 2014 some 42 school fireflies competed in the competition and the battle for medals was fierce.

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PUSH THE BOAT OUT FURTHER
Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00

pushThis year’s RYA Push the Boat Out has been extended to run over nine days from 9 – 17 May. This means clubs and centres will be running even more activities to show people what sailing has to offer.

RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts said: “Push the Boat Out 2014 was a huge success, probably our biggest and best yet and it was fantastic to see so many clubs and centres taking part with record-breaking numbers out on the water.

“But we’re already looking forward to seeing the different options and opportunities that will be on offer for all ages and abilities this year simply by extending the event. RYA Push the Boat Out 2015 promises to be even better!”

Clubs can register to host a Push the Boat Out event at www.rya.org.uk/programmes/pushtheboatout/Pages/Registeryourevent.aspx

 
RYA Club of the Year Award
Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00

Club-of-the-year-15On 28 February, the winner of the prestigious RYA Club of the Year Award 2015 will be announced at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace by RYA CEO Sarah Treseder.

Selected by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel, the finalists have been judged on how well they promote the sport, encourage people onto the water and make their activities varied and available to their community.

RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts says: “The RYA Club of the Year Award recognises and promotes the outstanding achievements of the people who work together to create fantastic vibrant clubs in the UK.

“Without the on-going support and commitment from individual members, clubs would not exist and certainly would not offer the range or quality of activities which are crucial to the continued success of both clubs and our sport”.

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RYA SAILABILITY’S UNSUNG HEROES
Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:26

RYA_Sailability_Volunteer_Award_winners_2015Some 120 delegates from RYA Sailability groups, clubs and organisations across the UK attended the national RYA Sailability Conference and dinner at Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire, where the winners of the RYA Sailability Volunteer Awards were announced.

The RYA Sailability Volunteer Awards were presented by RYA CEO, Sarah Treseder and recognise the priceless voluntary contribution by Sailability volunteers. They are awarded in three categories: Significant Contribution, Outstanding Contribution and Exceptional Contribution.

The winner of the significant contribution award was Norman Griffin from Grafham Water Sailability.  Norman is the senior safety boat driver and not only is he charge of all safety needs on the water but he regularly donates his time to help other members outside of sailing hours.

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FIRST AID AFLOAT
Thursday, 05 February 2015 00:00

appA well trained crew and properly prepared boat help to mitigate risks at sea. Injuries and sudden illness can happen at any time, so having at least one person aboard who is trained in first aid is a wise precaution.

It is also advisable to have access to additional resources onboard. A new app, First Aid Afloat, written by Paul Hopkins, a practising First Aid and Yachtmaster Instructor is available at app stores. Aimed at sailors, the app has been designed as a revision tool for those studying first aid at sea courses ashore.

It includes how to carry out medical assessments, how to deal with specific injuries and illnesses and how to contact emergency services for medical help and rescue. There is also a quick reference section featuring more than 30 medical emergencies that can happen at sea.

www.safe-skipper.com

 

 

 
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