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The RYA - All At Sea RYAEmmaSlater
By Emma Slater
Thursday, 26 February 2015 00:00


The RYA Safety Advisory Notice 2015 offers a simple digest of critical safety issues, including those that have arisen from incidents in the past year, compiled for the leisure boater.

Back in January visitors to the Royal Yachting Association stand at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show picked up the latest edition of the RYA Safety Advisory Notice. First launched at the 2014 show, the newly refreshed second edition focuses on six key topics: personal location devices, communication, lifejackets and lifejacket servicing, running aground, weather forecasts and effective planning.

It builds on the advice in the first edition, which covered the use of kill cords and prop guards, alcohol and boating, buoyancy aids and lifejackets, carbon monoxide poisoning and the proper registration of EPIRB and PLBs.

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
Thursday, 05 February 2015 14:44

dinghyThere’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 of dinghies from beautiful timeless classics to high performance design as well as cutting edge kit and gear, interactive coaching sessions and talks from Britain’s top dinghy sailors. Each year the show brings new visitors as well as hundreds of top sailing brands, training centres, class associations, clubs, boat builders, holiday companies and more.

What’s in store for 2015?
Whether you sail by the coast or inland, there is one thing every sailor needs to know, and that’s what the weather is going to do. On the Suzuki Main Stage at 12:00 Meteorologist Chris Tibbs will share his top tips to help sailors interpret the weather and tides more accurately.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Weaving a boating web

Next July the British public will pay attention to sailing in a way it doubtless hasn’t done for a while; well at least since London 2012!

As Ben Ainslie’s vision to ‘Bring The Cup Home’ gathers momentum with the announcement of the first America’s Cup World Series event in Portsmouth, the one man who has the profile, success and respect to get even the most hardened non-sailor interested in some racing boats is helming sailing into the mainstream.

Now rewind 30 years and that man was just an eight-year-old lad in an Optimist, about to start taking his first competitive steps through the RYA Youth and Olympic programmes, on a then unknown journey to becoming a global sporting icon.

Ben’s story is understandably the most well told, but even when the marks are not so obvious, the RYA’s fingerprints in lobbying, training, advising and campaigning across all areas of boating, often under the radar, mean you only have to dust the surface lightly before the RYA’s role is revealed.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 11:42


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 thing, do it on the engine.

2. First on the list - general engine cleaning and observation. Shine plenty of light, use a mirror on a stick or a digital camera to see under and behind things. Dry the bilges to prevent corrosion and, if necessary, paint them white to highlight any leaks and drips in the future.

3. Whether your boat is being hauled out for the winter or not, fill your fuel tank to prevent condensation, which in turn prevents the growth of diesel bug.


Pride of Clyde
Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

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 official spectator sites at the Beacon Arts Centre and Riverside Museum.
As well as the official spectator sites, tens of thousands of people lined the route looking to catch a glimpse of the fleet, some cheering from bridges, with others lined up on every available space on the banks of the River Clyde.

The organising team from RYA Scotland also confirmed that over 1,900 sailors took part in the Commonwealth Flotilla, the largest assembly of boats in the history of the Clyde.

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