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    The RYA employs over 170 staff in a wide range of roles, from boating specialists to professional staff to co-ordinators and administrators. Most work from our headquarters in Hamble, near Southampton, but some are based in other parts of the UK. We offer modern, accessible office facilities with free parking, up to date IT systems and a competitive range of benefits.

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    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.


    Technical Manager

    Salary: £32,000 - £35,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)

    Full-time, 35 hours per week

    Location: Hamble, Southampton

    Range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance and a total leave package of 28 days annual leave plus public holidays

    The RYA is seeking to appoint a Technical Manager to lead, manage and direct the work of the Technical Team. The team consists of 4 RYA employees whose differing remits cover two main areas; (1) Technical Commercial; and (2) Technical Racing.

    As the Technical Manager your responsibilities would include (but are not limited to);

    • Working with the Racing Services Manager to set, deliver and report on the strategic and operational plans & budgets of the Technical Team.
    • Creating strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including volunteers and committees, ensuring regular dialogue is maintained in order to promote a quality service and efficient use of time.
    • Being a subject matter expert in relation to relevant legislation, rules and regulations, whether set by the MCA, World Sailing, or other bodies. Ensuring the Technical team remains compliant at all times, providing advice and support to other stakeholders where necessary.
    • Working with the Racing Services Manager and other RYA staff to represent and negotiate on technical legislation, standards and other regulations at National and International level.
    • Acting as the main point of contact for surveyors, owners & managing agents in the delivery of overall operations as an MCA agent for Tonnage Measurement and as a Certifying Authority for Small Commercial Vessel Certification, providing high levels of customer service.
    • Support RYA National Classes, Clubs and members with advice and support on various technical issues such as class rules, measurement or handicapping.

    We are looking for a candidate who has the ability to understand and interpret complex information (i.e. rules, regulations and legislation), with the ability to then be able to communicate this to others in a clear and concise way.

    You should have strong customer engagement skills, being effective in building and maintaining strong working relationships with various stakeholders, combined with a strong commercial acumen. You should also have demonstrable experience in effectively negotiating and resolving conflict as well as experience of leading and developing a team.

    Current knowledge and understanding of MCA Codes of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels and/or yacht & dinghy class rules & measurement would be considered an advantage. T

    his role requires some travel, as well as frequent out-of-normal-working hours working, for which time off in lieu is granted, therefore flexibility is also essential.

    To Apply 

    Please review the full job description and download & complete an application form. Completed application forms should be returned, along with an equality monitoring form, to  Please note that we do not accept CVs in lieu of a fully completed application form.

    Closing date for applications: Mid-day on Monday 29 July 2019

    Interviews to be held on: Friday 9 and/or Monday 12 August 2019


    Web Developer (ASP.Net)

    Salary: up to £35,000 per annum

    Full-time, 35 hours per week

    Location: Hamble, Southampton

    The RYA offers a range of benefits which include; a personal pension scheme, free life insurance and an annual leave package of 28 days (plus public holidays).

    The Royal Yachting Association (RYA), based in Hamble, near Southampton, is the national governing body for all forms of recreational, competitive and professional boating. It represents dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing, inland cruising and personal watercraft.

    We are seeking a driven multi-skilled ASP.Net developer to join a thriving & friendly full service digital team here at the RYA. You will provide support to a wide range of internal partners spanning across multiple differing departments, including Training, Racing & Membership. You will also play a key role in our future development of new content management platforms and system functionality, and will work across our main domain as well as several other high profile sub-sites (such as the British Sailing Team). You will also support the development of various apps and our two e-commerce platforms.

    Our website attracts 250,000 monthly visitors and has approximately 180+ internal users - we currently work in a Microsoft SharePoint environment with Sitecore Commerce. The RYA promotes the development of its employees, and as the post holder you will have the opportunity to become certified in these technologies.

    We are presently undertaking a next generation platform review which this role will play a key part in.

    Do you have the following skills to be successful in this role?:

    • Proven ASP.Net hands on expertise;
    • Experience of programming using C#;
    • Experience of using T-SQL to create stored procedures;
    • JavaScript / jQuery skills;
    • Design, development & deployment of E-commerce systems. 

    Click here to view the full job description for this role.

    To Apply

    Please contact Lisa Rogers, HR Advisor, to express your interest in this position. Email: 


    Training Committee Member

    Voluntary - Expenses Reimbursed

    Due to recent retirements the Training Committee are seeking three new members to join its committee.

    This committee is the policy making body for RYA Training and works closely with the Director of Training and staff within the RYA Training department. The RYA Training department has a wide brief which includes delivering both the shorebased and practical training schemes and ensuring that they remain up to date. It also manages and administers recognition for all RYA Recognised Training Centres to ensure they maintain the standards required through annual inspections. The Training department team also manages the RYA ELearning platform.

    Members of the Training Committee serve for a fixed term and, due to recent and impending retirements, we have a need to recruit three new members. Committee members are selected on the basis of competency in specific boating disciplines to ensure we maintain representation across the entire range of RYA training schemes.

    If you feel you have the relevant skills and knowledge to add value to this important body, and in particular have experience in the Motor Cruising, Power Boating, Personal Watercraft and RYA shorebased instruction or large commercial yacht experience, we would like to hear from you.

    The Training Committee meets three times a year, usually in Hamble, Southampton. We would anticipate the selection process for new committee members to last several months while we ensure we canvass our very broad instructor base.

    To Apply

    Please email expressions of interest including a brief summary of your boating and RYA instructing background to, marked for the attention of the Training Committee Chairman.

    Closing date for expressions of interest: 31 July 2019


    Chair - Major Events Appointment Panel

    Voluntary: Expenses reimbursed

    The RYA is seeking to appoint a Chair for its Major Events Appointments Panel.

    The general purpose of the Panel is to oversee the RYA’s interests in the appointment of Race Officials to major events where the RYA is the Organizing Authority, other events supported by UK Sport funding or events that have been referred to the panel.

    In determining appointments, the panel will consider and aim to balance the needs of the event, future events and the development of Race Officials.

    The panel may meet 2 – 3 times a year at RYA House, Hamble/Southampton, however much of the panel discussion can be conducted by email and teleconference. Associated expenses will be reimbursed at standard RYA rates.

    The Chair will be expected to work together with RYA Staff and a representative of Racing Committee in working together to meet the needs of the RYA Major Events & RYA Race Official Development through the appointment of key race officials.

    To review the full description of this role, please click here.

    Process of Application

    Please submit an expression of interest by e-mail to:  Candidates will then receive by email return, a candidate competency questionnaire.

    Closing date for candidate competency questionnaire is 21 July 2019.


    Youth Racing Committee Member

    Voluntary: Expenses reimbursed

    The RYA are seeking to appoint a new member to the RYA Youth Racing Committee (YRC).

    The YRC is a policy-forming sub-committee of the RYA Racing Committee (RC) and is the volunteer group responsible for setting policy, advising, challenging and liaising with RYA staff within British Youth Sailing (BYS).

    The RYA YRC usually meets 4 times per annum at RYA House, Hamble, however much of the day to day discussion and review of documentation and policy is conducted by e-mail.

    The YRC fulfils a key function within British Youth Sailing and active participation and commitment to attend meetings is essential. Members are reimbursed for any associated expenses at standard RYA rates. 

    To review the full description of this role, please click here.

    Process of Application

    Please submit an expression of interest by e-mail to: Candidates will then receive by e-mail return a contact details form and a request for a sailing CV and how they are involved in the marine/sailing industry, and a candidate competency questionnaire.

    Closing date for candidate competency questionnaire is: 1700 on 12 August 2019.

    The Chair, in consultation with staff, will then liaise with candidates by e-mail/phone as soon as possible to progress and assess applications as is consistent with the terms of reference.


    Chair - South Regional Committee


    Annual election process with a maximum term of no more than four years in any five.

    Location: Based within the RYA South Region geographic area. This being Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, West Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, the Channel Islands and the part of West Sussex which falls within the Chichester Harbour AONB.

    The RYA South Region has the exciting opportunity for an inspirational and experienced leader to undertake the role of Chair for its Regional Committee. This successful candidate will lead the region alongside the Regional Development Officer (RDO) to support and deliver an agreed action plan which aligns to the RYA’s strategic objectives within a local context, this being outlined currently in the RYA South Regional Plan 2017 – 2021. The region is also entering a time of forward planning, which the chair will play a central role in the creation and facilitation of a stakeholder engagement process leading to the production of the 2021 – 2025 RYA South Regional Plan.

    The Chair will work with the region’s committee, specialist appointment holders, and staff team to maximise the effectiveness of the RYA locally, through playing a lead role together with the RDO in ensuring that these three teams work in an integrated manner.

    The Chair will act as leader and principal spokesperson for the Regional Committee. Usually chairing all regional meetings of the committee and being the committee’s representative at the English Regional Forum. In addition, the Chair will represent RYA South on other regional bodies as needed.

    The Chair should have a broad experience of boating within the South Region and be able to think strategically, taking a regional view. In addition, the Chair will need to be organised, diplomatic, IT literate and have good communication skills.

    The region is therefore looking to invite interested parties to stand for election to this voluntary role.

    A full role description can be found here.

    To stand

    If you feel you have the relevant skills and experience for this role please email a CV and covering letter FAO of Richard Brown & Susie Moore. Email:

    We would like to circulate overviews of all standing candidates with the AGMs agenda so ask for all candidate to submit the above by the 8st September 2019.

    All candidates will stand for election at the region’s AGM on the 19 October 2019. Please note that all standing candidates must be proposed by an affiliate from within the region so please include details of this information in your covering letter.

    In the event of there being more than one candidate those affiliates present at the AGM and eligible to vote will be asked to vote for their preferred candidate. The candidate with the greatest number of votes will be elected to the role of Chair.

    If elected there is a requirement for the regional chair to be an individual member of the RYA, to sign an IP Waiver and Code of Conduct forms and complete a “fit and proper person’s” declaration.

    Closing date: 8 September 2019


    Technical Committee Member

    Voluntary: Expenses reimbursed

    The RYA are seeking to appoint 3 new members to the RYA Technical Committee (TEC).

    Do you have a keen interest in rules compliance alongside the technical side of sailing and boating? There are no formal qualification required to join the committee, but members are appointed for their knowledge, skills and ability in the one or more of the following areas:

    • Measurements of boats
    • Building of boats
    • Naval Architecture
    • Yacht surveying and test methodology
    • Offshore racing yacht measurement
    • Club and Class Associations
    • Marine safety equipment

    You’ll need to attend meetings 2 times a year in Hamble, Southampton (travel expenses are reimbursed) where the Committee meets to discuss and progress ongoing issues regarding small and large sailing vessels and the technicalities of boat building, measurement and interpretation of class rules in technical matters, promoting best practice, and safety and compliance with regulations.

    The RYA actively promotes diversity in its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All applicants must be a current RYA member and any application would be subject to the RYA Committee Membership Procedure.

    Process of Application

    If you would like to join and feel you have the relevant skills and experience, please email with information about yourself and your experience that would contribute to being a TEC member. Candidates will then receive by email return, a candidate competency questionnaire.

    Closing date: 26 July 2019


    Medical Administrator - English Institute of Sport

    Salary: £17,156 - £24,659 per annum (pro-rata)

    The English Institute of Sport (EIS) are seeking a Medical Administrator to work with the RYA. This role involves overseeing the smooth running of the sports medicine service at the RYA Performance Centre in Weymouth. As the successful candidate you would work as part of a multi-disciplined team delivering services to sailors and coaches.

    For full details on this role please visit the EIS careers page.

    Please note: This position is employed through EIS and not the RYA.

    Closing Date: 9am on Monday 22 July 2019.

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