The RYA

Leading the way

The RYA Volunteer Awards recognise the work of more than 50 volunteers across all aspects of boating, but here we put the spotlight on four of the younger winners. Reflecting the wide appeal of boating, the Awards cover four categories: the RYA Awards, RYA Community Awards, Francis Elkin Award and the RYA Family Award. One of those, the RYA Community ...

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RYA 2015 Highlights

Yet again it has been a busy year for the RYA, from events and boats shows to crowning champions, getting people on the water and protecting the rights and interests of our 106,000 plus members. Here are just a few of the highlights from 2015… January Kicking off the year, outstanding youngster George Gillingham, from Poole in Dorset, was presented ...

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Sailing for all

There are nearly 12 million disabled people in the UK, and sailing offers the unique opportunity for all of these people to participate on a level playing field. RYA Sailability is the RYA’s programme for disabled sailing and was established to encourage and support people with disabilities to take up sailing and other boating activities and integrate them into the ...

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Ladies who launch

There is no doubt that sailing and motor boating are amongst the most gender inclusive sports around. But how do we help even more females seize the opportunities that are increasingly available and increase the representation of women in the sport? January’s Arkenford National Watersports Participation Survey showed female participation in ‘any boating activity’ has increased steadily since 2010 and ...

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Sailing choices

One of the best things about sailing is there is always something new to learn and so many choices available. When you are still new to the sport and maybe just completed your RYA Level 1 and 2 or have spent time on a friend’s yacht and tackled your RYA Competent Crew, how do you know what is the right ...

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One year to go… Rio 2016

With just a year until the Olympic Games in Brazil, British sailors head to Rio for an important Test Event.   “Ultimately the next two years is all about winning races in Rio.” These were the words of Finn frontrunner Giles Scott after winning gold at the first Rio Olympic Test Event with a day to spare exactly one year ...

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