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By Emma Slater
THE VALUE OF TRAINING
Thursday, 27 February 2014 09:48

THE VALUE OF TRAINING

Windsurfer Jake Patrick knows the value of getting properly trained in the sport he loves.

“When I was in Team15 I looked up to the instructors and volunteers and wanted to do what they were doing,” he says. Every year some 250,000 people of all ages and experience undertake RYA Training courses – practical and theory - across the full range of boating disciplines. Everyone has a different motivation for doing the courses they do, but everyone that gains a certificate in whatever area they choose contributes to a greater skill level, depth of knowledge, on-the-water professionalism and safety awareness in Britain’s boating community.

That can only make our waters a more enjoyable place to be.

 
2013: A BUSY YEAR
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

2013: A BUSY YEAR

It’s been a busy year here at the RYA! Alongside the day to day running of an organisation that looks after 101,000 personal members, over 2,500 clubs and centres across the world and represents the 3.2 million boaters in the UK, we’ve been busy promoting our sports to newcomers, supporting existing sailors and clubs, attending shows across the country, and much more...

Hands on schemes
Thousands of people of all ages and abilities took to the water and experienced sailing at the annual RYA Push the Boat Out event (18-19 May). Over 120 sailing clubs and centres up and down the country opened their doors to their local communities with Push the Boat Out ‘have a go’ sessions and open days.  

The RYA became a Duke of Edinburgh National Operating Authority, meaning young people aged between 14 and 24 can now take part in boating activities at RYA clubs or training centres as part of their Duke of Edinburgh programme. Over 700 visitors to the PSP Southampton Boat Show picked up valuable advice and hands-on experience at the RYA Active Marine Experience workshops.

 
Sailing clubs seek winning formula
Friday, 04 October 2013 07:20

Sailing clubs seek winning formula

Growing numbers of UK sailing clubs are asking the question - what makes a successful sailing club?

In last month’s All At Sea, Jon White, RYA Sport Development Manager, emphasised the crucial role that our sailing clubs play in securing the sailing legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For many boaters, their local club is at the very heart of their boating activities and as we head towards the winter months, sailing clubs are already busy planning for the season ahead. In this article we take a look at some of the activities that make our sailing clubs such a success.

Planning for the future

“Across the UK, clubs work tirelessly to engage and inspire people of all ages and abilities to take to the water and to ensure that they can continue to sail on a regular basis,” explains RYA Club Support Advisor, Jackie Bennetts.

 
LEGACY - OLYMPICS ONE YEAR ON
Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:25

RYA Focus

Jon White, RYA Sport Development Manager, insists that sailing clubs can’t rely solely on the feel-good fall-out from the Games to draw people to the sport.

He believes it is more important than ever that clubs help themselves in making the sport as appealing and accessible as possible in order to regularly encourage more people out on to the water, whether able-bodied or disabled.

Cultural shift
‘Legacy’ was the undoubted buzzword of London 2012, with the media and public alike clamouring for immediate headline participation statistics in the wake of TeamGB and ParalympicsGB’s biggest ever medal hauls at a modern Games.

 
Things To Know When Cruising In Europe
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 00:00

Requirements vary from country to country, so research your destination!

As the weather (finally!) looks like it might be perking up, the temptation to jump on your boat and cruise over to Europe for a few days is never far away.

But would you know the latest laws, regulations and legislation – local and otherwise – applicable to where you wanted to go?
If you are cruising the waters of another country, although seldom enforced in full, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) - that country is within its rights to ask you to comply with their rules and regulations.

The most common requirement to be enforced is requiring the skipper to provide evidence of their competence. Carriage of local publications or regulations is also often stipulated.  Wherever you are going, whatever you are doing, it is important you are aware of your obligations prior to leaving UK territorial waters. A bit of homework in advance will likely save you a lot of hassle once you get there.

As Carol Paddison, RYA Cruising Advisor, explains: “A basic understanding of the Law of the Sea, which defines the extent of each country’s territory and whether a vessel is under the laws of its country of registration (the Flag State) or additionally those of the country whose waters it is lying in (the Coastal State), helps you establish which other rules you need to follow, as there may also be legislation specific to the Coastal State you must comply with.”

 
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