About the RYA

About the RYA


RYA stands for Royal Yachting Association. Set up in 1875 as the Yacht Racing Association, the RYA has since become the national governing body for dinghy, motor and sail cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative body for inland waterways cruising.

The RYA exists to get more people into boating and watersport activities, promote safe boating practices and raise the standards of yachting and sailing in the UK through its network of more than 2,400 RYA recognised training centres in more than 58 countries, and more than 1,500 RYA affiliated clubs.

We’re delighted to introduce ‘Together on Water’, our vision for the future of sailing and boating as a connected, inspired and inclusive community


Who we are and what we do

Meet key Members of the RYA Senior Management Team

The RYA acts as a voice for boating, by representing recreational boating interests

Our programmes, such as OnBoard, Sailability & Discover Sailing help to grow and broaden participation in boating. 

We help Britain’s brightest sailing and windsurfing talents fulfil their potential.

Our schemes are run through 2,400 RYA recognised training centres the length and breadth of the UK and in 58 countries around the world.

AGM and Annual Reports

The 2023 AGM was held on 10 November at One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA. View Agenda and Minutes.

RYA Board

The RYA Board of Directors is comprised of a mix of non-executive and executive directors and includes a Senior Independent Director; Ronan Harte and a Board Lead on Welfare & Safety; Polly Handford. Find out more here.

Our partners

Find out more about our official partners and how we work with them.


View open vacancies & committee roles

Work for the RYA
The RYA Anti Bribery Policy

The RYA is committed to upholding the letter and spirit of the Bribery Act 2010

Whistleblowing Policy

How to raise concern if you believe that there is serious malpractice within any part of the RYA

Safeguarding for children and adults

View our policy & guidelines, plus what to do if you have a concern

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Learn about the RYAs approach and policies to ensure fair and equal treatment for all

Safety Management Policy

The RYA Safety Management System is a systematic approach to managing safety

Environment & Sustainability

Read the RYA Sustainability Strategy and find related policy documents and resources

Fair Tax Mark accreditation

Read about our commitment to responsible tax conduct in the RYA Fair Tax Mark Statement

Policy committees

Responsibility for the Association's activities is delegated to a number of policy committees. Learn more here

RYA Awards

The RYA Awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by volunteers and affiliated organisations throughout the UK to support our boating community.