The RYA

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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Getting into racing

Often racing is a major reason people develop a lifelong passion for sailing and windsurfing. With many major races taking pace over the next couple of months here is the RYA’s guide to the world racing. It is hard to imagine the first time you step on to any boat or board that you will get bitten by the racing ...

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BOATING ABROAD

If the early spring sunshine has whetted your appetite for stretching your sea legs this year, are you confident you are up-to-date on the laws, rules and regulations that could scupper your plans? One of the most awesome things about cruising is the freedom to explore where you like, when you like. Fancy a few days in France? Not a ...

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RYA Push The Boat Out

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Have you had a sailing taster session but didn’t know how to take it further, or maybe you’ve had a lifelong interest in taking up the sport but have never known where to start? You might be surprised at just how accessible sailing clubs are. As RYA Push The Boat Out 2015 looms, sailing newcomer James Wheeler says if he ...

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RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show

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There’s no better place to prepare for the season ahead than the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show in association with Yachts and Yachting. Over the weekend of 28 February – 1st March, Alexandra Palace will once again transform into a world of dinghy sailing to host the only show in the world dedicated exclusively to this sport. Visitors will discover hundreds ...

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Winterising

Winterising

1. Use it. The best way to winterise a boat is to use it as it’s designed to move! A boat contains a multitude of systems that hate inactivity – particularly the engine. There are plenty of other items that would benefit from winterisation but if you decide not to use your boat in the winter and only do one ...

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Pride of Clyde

Pride of Clyde

Back at the end of July, RYA Scotland hosted the ‘Commonwealth Flotilla’ which saw a 250 strong fleet of boats of all shapes and sizes make the 19 nautical mile journey from Greenock to Glasgow up the River Clyde. It was estimated that thousands of people from across Glasgow and west Scotland turned out to welcome the Flotilla filling the ...

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Salvage laws and how they can affect you

Salvage laws and how they can affect you

SALVAGE laws have evolved from the philosophy that the protection of maritime property at sea should be encouraged by the courts through the offer of rewards to those who go to the assistance of others. Under Salvage Law a person who recovers another person’s boat or cargo from danger at sea is entitled to a reward based on the value ...

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Top tips for trouble free towing, launch and recovery

Top tips for trouble free towing, launch and recovery

Get hitched without a hitchWhen you buy a sports boat or a RIB, your main concern is whether you can actually drive the thing without crashing into pontoons and other boats, navigate without getting lost and deal with any mechanical issues said boat may throw at you. What many of us overlook is that, unless you are fortunate enough to ...

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