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The RYA Midlands Regional Volunteer Team is co-ordinating a stand at the Three Counties show, Malvern showground (15 – 17 June 2018) and the Stratford River Festival (30 June/1 July 2018). HOEOCA is supporting this initiative.

The key objective is to get more people boating, in line with the RYA’s key purpose:

To Promote and Protect Safe, Successful and Rewarding British Boating

Each stand will consist of an RYA gazebo and the demonstration dinghy that we have.

This is a great opportunity for boating clubs local to the shows to encourage more people into the sport and enhance their own membership.

This initiative will only be successful if we are able to recruit sufficient volunteers from local sailing and boating clubs. The volunteers will attend the stands, talk to any interested show attendees and provide them with information about sailing and boating opportunities in that area.

Each stand will have a lead individual, most probably from the Midlands RYA team or the Regional Volunteer Team (Peter Smerdon is the coordinator for the Stratford River Festival) and they will co-ordinate and inform the volunteers locally. The attendance days at an event will be split am and pm, and ideally a club will be responsible for attendance during that half day period. Our aim will be to have on a stand at all times, as a minimum, 2 x dinghy (1 to supervise the demo dinghy) and 1 x cruising representatives.

Volunteers would have free entrance to the shows but would need to provide their own refreshments and seating.

As well as standard RYA leaflets, there will also be a specific Midlands Region leaflet, detailing in generic form the opportunities available to ‘Go Boating’ and a map showing the locations of sailing and boating clubs in the region. Individual clubs may bring their own club literature but volunteers will be expected to promote appropriate solutions for any prospective sailors.

Volunteers should use these links to sign up at the relevant show:

Three Counties: https://doodle.com/poll/9emy2fdzfx96uk8v

Stratford River Festival: https://doodle.com/poll/79ybk3a67hxqm7zz

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