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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: £33,000 - £36,000 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 service 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.

    This role requires some travel, as well as frequent out-of-normal-working hours working, for which time off in lieu is allowed, 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 7 October 2019

    Interviews to be held on: Wednesday 23 October 2019


    Sports Development Administrator

    Salary: £18,000 - £20,000 per annum

    Permanent –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 a total annual leave package of 26 days (plus public holidays).

    Do you want to be part of a team that works to support clubs, training centres and marinas with growing their membership and participation? We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic person to support our team of Regional Development Officers (RDO’s) with the delivery of their regional plans and projects that aim to achieve this and more.

    Your days will consist of a wide variety of tasks which will could include supporting the organisation of conferences, workshops, meetings, CPD events and courses; as well as helping to ensure that the team have the right resources and information available. On occasion there will be the opportunity to support the delivery of events such as Instructor Training Days, Affiliated Club Conferences or the RYA Dinghy Show. Reporting to the RDO Manager, you will join a team with a real purpose, providing them with the essential administrative supportive to keep the team running smoothly. 

    We are looking for someone who can offer support to the RDO team through their ability to contribute to the delivery of projects, so computer proficiency is paramount as is the need to be a good communicator. We need someone who is not afraid to talk, or listen to ensure effective communication with our team who all work remotely. We are also after someone who can function to a high degree of accuracy. If you are an organised, energetic, self-starter with a meticulous and methodical mind then please fill out the application form and make us notice you by highlighting your capabilities and relevant experience.

    To Apply

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

    Closing date for applications: Mid-day on Wednesday 2 October 2019

    Interviews to be held: Friday 4 and/or Monday 7 October 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: 


    Racing Rules Committee Member

    Voluntary - Travel Expenses Reimbursed

    There will be one vacancy on the RYA Racing Rules Committee (RRC). This position will be for two years (2020 & 2021), with a possibility to be renewed. Judges who have 'rotated' through the Committee in the past have said they found it to be an interesting and stimulating experience. It is also intensive. The Committee has 11 members and plans to meet 8-10 times a year, normally on a Thursday at the Royal Ocean Racing Club in London, starting at 4:30pm and ending around 7:00pm. Meetings may occasionally be cancelled when business is insufficient, in which case prior warning is given at least two weeks beforehand.

    It is appreciated that not every member can come to every meeting, but good attendance is expected. The meetings are the tip of the iceberg since much work is done by email prior to the meetings. The Committee decides appeals as well as questions and references under rule 70, typically 15-20 a year. These are discussed by email between meetings, with all members expected to contribute, with the objective that decisions and reasons for them can be agreed expeditiously when the Committee meets. Members are split into Teams dealing with the Case Book, Rules Advice, Submissions to World Sailing, Fair Sailing, Equality & the Website. These operate by email and report at each full meeting. A new member can expect to be appointed to one or more of these Teams. The Committee also oversees over 30 RYA Rules Guidance documents and, each quadrennium, the content for the RYA version of the Racing Rules of Sailing (YR1) and The Handy Guide to the Racing Rules (YR7). 

    A candidate must have a good grounding in the Racing Rules and protest committee experience, to at least National Judge standard. Current racing experience is desirable. Younger applicants are particularly welcome, but maturity is no barrier. A background including experience with class rule or equipment protests, or offshore keelboat sailing, would be welcome but by no means essential. It is intended to make appointments early in 2020, and unsuccessful applicants will also be notified. Successful applicants will be invited to attend RRC meetings in early 2020 as contributing observers until their appointments are confirmed by RYA Racing Committee.

    Persons wishing to apply should express their interest by e-mail to: Candidates will then receive by e-mail return a candidate competency form.

    Closing date for candidate competency questionnaire is: 09.00 on Monday, 7th October 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. For an informal discussion of the role, please contact Peter Johnson, Racing Rules Committee Chair, at


    Chair - Cruising & Government Affairs Committee

    Voluntary - Travel Expenses Reimbursed

    Policy and regulation have become increasingly unpredictable. The challenge of keeping ahead of change is great, and success is dependent upon the capacity to look long and wide.

    The RYA is now seeking a new Chair for its Cruising and Government Affairs Committee (CGAC) responsible for public policy. Whoever fills this important voluntary role must be able to bring out the best from the talented members of the committee.

    As Chair of CGAC, you’ll have:

    • A good understanding of public policy processes
    • Ability to analyse information on a wide range of public policy topics, including maritime matters
    • A keen interest in working with the national body for one of the UK’s leading sports

    You’ll need to be able to:

    • Bring out the best in a high-calibre group of expert volunteers and staff
    • Encourage diversity within the committee
    • Help guide decisions on when and how to intervene in public policy decisions
    • Foster positive relationships with colleagues and with external partners

    The CGAC is a policy-forming committee of the RYA Board; it plays a key role in keeping the RYA at the forefront of public policies affecting boating. The committee brings together a range of relevant talent, volunteers and RYA professionals, to debate and determine RYA policy. Its subjects range from matters of safety to sustainability, and from the international (not least the impact of Brexit) to the very local. Public policy affects boating on a daily basis.

    In addition to the four committee meetings a year in Central London, the Chair reports on the policy work of the committee to the RYA Board. The Chair is encouraged to engage actively in a range of RYA activities. This is a great opportunity for someone keen to fill a non-executive chair position within a reputable national organisation, reporting directly to the Board. The term of office is four years and all expenses are reimbursed.

    To Be Considered:

    For an informal discussion of the role please contact Peter Cardy (CGAC Chair,, 07785 393593) and/or Siobhan Kenny (CGAC Standing Member,, 07932 675133).

    Closing date: Monday 30 September 2019


    Regional Chair – South

    Voluntary - Travel Expenses Reimbursed

    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 Chair role for its Regional Committee. This person will lead the region alongside the Regional Development Officer (RDO) to support and deliver an agreed action plan which aligns with 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 be 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 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 communications skills.

    A full role description can be found here.

    To stand

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

    All candidates will stand for election at the region’s AGM on the 19th 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 a vote will be conducted with present voting affiliates and the candidate obtaining the highest number of votes being elected.

    Deadline line for expression of interest: 19 October 2019

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