BRITAIN'S yachting journalists have set themselves ambitious targets to establish the Yachting Journalists’ Association as THE principal organisation for yachting and boating media worldwide.
Chairman Barry Pickthall told the Association’s annual meeting at the Naval Club in London: “The committee has begun a campaign to promote the Association as THE Yachting and Boating organisation for both Journalists and PR practitioners at a series of international media events."
That’s just part of the agenda set by the YJA for the months ahead. The Association is the driving force behind the much coveted yachting awards for the British Yachtsman of the Year and the associated Young Sailor of the Year, both recognised as the prime awards in yachting in Britain.
Mr Pickthall revealed plans for a young bloggers competition to provide an opportunity for young journalists to get sailing topics published, and which, he said, had attracted considerable support from the publishing and boating industries.
The Association’s newly formed Committee was also charged to place high priority on revamping its website and producing an updated version of its printed Handbook which includes a directory of members, their specialities and skills.
Meanwhile, it is endeavouring to win new sponsorship support for two of its principal activities — the yearly Yachtsman and Young Sailor of the Year, and a media dinner during Cowes Week.
Mr Pickthall was re-elected chairman, and television director, producer and cameraman Digby Fox elected vice-chairman.
The new committee comprises Bob Fisher, Mark Jardine, Dag Pike, John Roberson, Dave Selby, Nigel Sharp, Cliff Webb and Amanda Fisher. Chris English has taken on the reins of honorary secretary and Mike Ford is honorary treasurer and webmaster.