Other - Promoting Sailing in the Midlands
As you'll be aware, the Royal Yachting Association is the statutory body that governs our sport. HOEOCA is an affiliated member of the RYA and many of us are personal members. In the Midlands region we work very closely with Gareth Brookes, our Regional Development Officer. Four HOEOCA members are on the Regional Volunteer Team (RVT), assisting Gareth in his primary aim of promoting and protecting safe, successful and rewarding British boating. They are Judy Lambourne (Cruising), Ashleigh Hemming (Treasurer), Andrew Yates (Club Support) and Peter Smerdon (Secretary).
As last year, the RVT is organising an RYA stand, including a land-based demonstration dinghy, at several high profile public events throughout the Midlands during this coming summer 2019. The dates are:
Notts County Show - Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May
Staffs County Show - Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30 May (half term)
Royal Three Counties Show, Malvern - Friday 14 - Sunday16 June
Stratford River Festival - Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 July
We're calling for volunteers from HOEOCA to help run the stands and talk to people interested in getting on the water. Last year, a number of members assisted at Malvern and Stratford and had a great day out and also gave something back to the sport that has enhanced our own lives. If you are able to help, please contact Peter Smerdon.