Responsibility for the Association's activities is delegated to a number of policy committees.
While the RYA Council is the RYA's senior policy-making body in boating matters, responsibility for the Association's different activities and areas of interest is delegated to a number of policy committees (see Terms of Reference below).
The Chairmen of policy committees sit on RYA Council as ex officio members (i.e. by virtue of their committee position), as do the Chairmen of the various Home Country and regional committees.
Several policy committees have further sub-committees and/or expert panels, who deal with specific aspects of their main departmental activity.
The main function of the policy committees and sub-committees is to agree and oversee the implementation of RYA policy in their respective areas. Responsibility for day-to-day management of each area rests with the RYA's professional staff, with the relevant departmental manager acting as secretary to his or her committee.
Many issues of interest to RYA members involve more than one committee. In such cases, one of the interested committees will act as lead committee. Similarly, policy decisions by one committee may require endorsement by another, or by the Board.
Committees have formal terms of reference, approved by the RYA Council, that define the nature and scope of their responsibilities and set specific criteria for membership. In general, members are required to have relevant experience or expertise in the area for which their committee is responsible. The terms of reference also limit the length of time a member may serve on a committee or as its chairman, to ensure that there is an element of fresh blood to balance the experience of longer-standing members.
The RYA's main committees are shown below. Please note that the responsibilities shown against the main committees are for general guidance only and are not intended to be definitive.
Honours and Awards
Considers nominations for RYA honours and awards, e.g. RYA Community Awards.
Deals with disciplinary issues within the sport.
Audit & Risk Committee
Draws the Board's attention to matters affecting the proper protection of the RYA's interests with regard to the material risks to the RYA, financial reporting and Board procedures.
Cruising and Government Affairs Committee (CGAC) Terms of Reference
Responsible for policy, advice and services relating to motor and sail cruising. Combines this role with representation of the RYA's views to government and other public bodies, and the management of legal issues including the provision of relevant legal information and advice to members and affiliated clubs and classes. Supporting committees/sub-committees and advisory groups: Planning and Environmental; Inland Navigation; Coastal Navigation.
Participation and Membership Committee (PMC) Terms of Reference
The Participation and Membership committee was formed in 2012 as a merger of the former Marketing and Sport Development Committees. Its purpose is to focus on the introduction, growth and retention of participants in all aspects of boating as well as membership of the Association. Its work includes developing and advising on detailed RYA strategy, brand proposition, marketing, communication and tactical implementation plans necessary to achieve the RYA’s strategic objectives in relation to Participation and Membership.
Powerboat Racing Committee (PBRC) Terms of Reference
Oversees the RYA's responsibilities as the national governing body for powerboat racing in the UK. Supporting committees/sub-committees: Circuit Racing; Offshore Racing; Personal Watercraft Racing; Powerboat Racing Medical Panel; Powerboat Records.
Racing Committee (RC) Terms of Reference
Oversees the RYA's responsibilities as the national governing body for sail racing in the UK and responsible for the management of Team GBR and supporting development activities.
Racing supporting committees/sub-committees:
International Group; Racing Rules; Judging and Umpiring; Race Management; Match Racing; Offshore Racing; Team Racing; Olympic Steering Group; Paralympic Steering Group; Youth Steering Group.
Technical Committee (TEC) Terms of Reference
Responsible for RYA policy, advice and services relating to handicapping and technical issues, e.g. coding, recreational craft directive, boat safety scheme. Supporting committees/sub-committees: Portsmouth Yardstick Advisory Group; RYA & RORC Sportsboat Rule Management Group.
Training Committee (TC) Terms of Reference
Responsible for RYA policy, advice and services relating to training and safety issues, and for the management of the RYA Yachtmaster scheme and further training courses and qualifications including RYA Training Centre and individual instructor accreditation. Supporting committees/sub-committees: Yachtmaster Qualification Panel.
Please consult the Committee List for the current membership of RYA main, supporting and sub-committees.
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