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RYA Statistics 


  • Total number of members - 107,968 (as at 31/12/2016)
  • Top 3 most popular areas of member interest (as at 31/12/2016)
    • Yacht Cruising - 38,984
    • Motor Boating - 14,796       
    • Dinghy Racing - 11,512
  • Total number of new members in 2016 - 17,363


  • The RYA offers more than 100 different theory and practical training courses
  • In excess of 250,000 RYA certificates were issued in 2016   
  • The most popular course in 2016 was RYA Powerboat Level 2, with approximately 26,000 people taking the course
  • There are more than 2,400 recognised RYA Training Centres worldwide, with more than 600 of these outside the UK across 58 different countries.
  • Almost 15,000 people undertook an RYA ELearning course in 2016    


  • There are 62 active T15 clubs (as at 01/01/2017)
  • 28 clubs took part in 2016 InterClub events, with over 250 kids taking part in at least one event throughout the year.
  • 113 Team15 sailors took part in the 2016 Team15 Champions Cup event, including 102 sailors racing on Techno boards, which is the pathway board required for RYA Zone Squads.

OnBoard (OB)

  • As at 31/12/2016 723,981 youngsters had taken part in an OB beginner sailing session for young people
  • 250 OnBoard clubs/centres (as at 31/12/2016)
  • 87,670 youngsters now sail/windsurf on a regular basis (as at 31/12/2016)

Honda RYA Youth RIB Championships (HYR)

  • Approximately 5,500 youngsters aged 8-16 competed in the local heats, regional finals and national final of the 2016 Honda RYA Youth RIB Championship 


The British Sailing Team in the Olympic and Paralympic Classes

  • Podium Squad: 24 sailors (as at 1/1/17)
  • Podium Potential Squad: 31 sailors (as at 1/1/17)
  • Podium Potential Pathway Squad: 36 sailors (as at 1/1/17)

Great Britain is the world’s leading Olympic Classes sailing nation, with more Olympic gold medals won than any other country.

Sailing is also one of Great Britain’s top performing sports, with 28 Olympic and Paralympic Games medals won since 2000. 

Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games:

  • Gold, Giles Scott (Finn)
  • Gold, Hannah Mills - Saskia Clark (470 women)
  • Silver, Nick Dempsey (RS:X Men)
  • Bronze, Helena Lucas (2.4mR)
  • Bronze, Alexandra Rickham-Niki Birrell (SKUD)

The British Sailing Team, managed by the RYA, competes across 10 Olympic and three Paralympic Classes.

On top of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in 2016 the team amassed 35 medals in major international competitions including World Championships, European Championships, and Sailing World Cup regattas.

2016 World Championships:

  • Gold, Nick Thompson (Laser)
  • Gold, Giles Scott (Finn)
  • Gold, Ali Young (Radial)            
  • Silver, Bryony Shaw (RS:X Women)                                  
  • Bronze, Dylan Fletcher - Alain Sign (49er)

2016 European Championships:

  • Gold, Megan Pascoe (2.4mR)
  • Silver, Kieran Martin (RS:X Men)
  • Bronze, Steve Palmer - Craig Wood - Liam Cattermole (Sonar)                                                                           


  • RYA UK Youth Squad (U19) - 54 sailors (as at 01/01/17)
  • Youth classes - Laser Standard, Laser Radial boys and girls, 420 boys and girls , 29er boys and girls, RS:X 8.5 boys and girls, Nacra 15                                       


  • RYA UK Junior Squad (Under 16) - 111 sailors (as at 01/01/17)
  • Junior classes - Topper, Optimists, Laser 4.7, Bic Techno, RS Feva XL
  • RYA Intermediate Squads - 48 sailors (as at 01/01/17)
  • RYA Zone and Home Country Squads - around 400 sailors


  • Nine new publications, including new editions scheduled for 2017
  • 300,000 items including books, eBooks, DVDs, training packs and certificates sold every year
  • There are over 120 RYA titles including books, eBooks, DVDs and charts available from the RYA through the RYA shop. All RYA members can get preferential rates on all items bought directly through the RYA shop
  • Almost all RYA publications are available in traditional hardcopy as well as in digital format, with industry leading enhancements such as video, animations and bookmarking features
  • 36 student and instructor packs
  • 55 course completion certificates
  • 7 apps across iOS, Android and Windows, for use on over 13,000 devices
  • 76 eBooks for sale and 30 for free (including the RYA Magazine and Wavelength)
  • 4 digital ePacks so students can choose how they learn
  • 80,000 app users across 100 countries


  • There are some 200 RYA Sailability sites                                        
  • So far some 60,000 disabled people have been able to experience sailing through the RYA Sailability programme (as at 18/01/2017)
  • 18,000 disabled people now sail on a regular basis (as at 18/01/2017)
  • The programme is supported by experienced and dedicated volunteers recruited on a local basis, most of whom have experienced disability awareness training, and are very experienced at working alongside disabled people.

Powerboat Racing

  • In 2016 the RYA Powerboat Racing Department helped over 500 people to race powerboats over the three disciplines of Offshore, Circuit and Jet Sport with several representing Great Britain in International competition
  • 2016 saw RYA Powerboat Racing competitors’ secure two World championship titles and three European Championship titles. Eighteen National speed records and eight World Speed records were broken. Nineteen British National Champions were declared.

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