The Future of Boating on the Medway & Swale,

MSBA Conference, Chatham, Saturday 9 March 2019

Will your club exist in ten years’ time? Our 2019 conference will focus on the future of our local clubs, which still form the core of active boating on the Medway and Swale. A major
report carried out for the British marine industry highlighted a decline in participation in most but not all watersports. Sailing in particular is in free fall. So what exactly is going
wrong and what are we going to do about it?

Our first key speaker will be Liz Rushall, a keen sailor and the author of the Futures report, which was commissioned
by British Marine and based on data provided by the RYA and British Canoeing. Liz set up the RYA’s Participation and
Membership committee, which focuses on growing sailing and watersports. She is passionate about the future of the
sport and will share ideas that can help keep our clubs active and growing.

Also starring at the conference will be Dave Selby, known for his hilarious column in Practical Boat Owner.

Like many of us at the grass roots of boating, Dave prefers to think of sailing as a pastime rather than a “sport,” and it doesn’t have to be expensive! Dave describes himself as a
passionate but useless sailor who’s been fumbling around the east coast for years in Marlin, his 18-ft Sailfish, without dying once.

Other speakers will present ways in which their clubs have been able to adapt to ageing membership and changing styles of boating. During refreshment breaks you will be able to
talk to the speakers and exhibitors from the MSBA’s partner organisations and local marine businesses.

The venue will again be the splendid St George’s Centre at Chatham, which can accommodate up to 200 (plus an exhibition) in surroundings redolent of our maritime
history. An impressive set of exhibitors will complement the speakers. Once again we are grateful to sponsorship by Medway Council British Marine.

Tickets £25 including lunch and refreshments. Earlybird tickets only £19 if booked before 24 February.

To book visit the Conference page at