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RYA Statistics


  • Total number of members - 110,301 (as at 31/12/2017)
  • Top 3 most popular areas of member interest (as at 31/12/2017)
    • Yacht Cruising - 39,844
    • Motor Boating - 15,465
    • Dinghy Racing - 11,778
  • Total number of new members in 2017 - 17,357


  • The RYA offers more than 100 different theory and practical training courses
  • In excess of 250,000 RYA certificates were issued in 2017  
  • The most popular course in 2017 was RYA Powerboat Level 2, with approximately 30,000 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 2017     

OnBoard (OB)

  • As at 31/12/2017 808,846 youngsters had taken part in an OB beginner sailing session for young people
  • 229 OnBoard clubs/centres (as at 31/12/2017)
  • 109,171 youngsters now sail/windsurf on a regular basis (as at 31/12/2017)


The British Sailing Team in the Olympic Classes

  • Podium Squad: 23 sailors (as at 1/3/18)
  • Podium Potential Squad: 25 sailors (as at 1/3/18)
  • Podium Potential Pathway Squad: 25 sailors (as at 1/3/18)

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. 

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

In 2017 the team amassed 29 medals in major international competitions including World Championships, European Championships, and Sailing World Cup regattas.

2017 World Championships:

  • Gold, Dylan Fletcher/Stuart Bithell (49er)
  • Gold, Ben Saxton/Katie Dabson (Nacra 17)
  • Silver Hannah Mills/Eilidh McIntyre (470 Women)
  • Silver James Peters/Fynn Sterritt (49er)

2017 European Championships:

  • Gold, Dylan Fletcher/Stuart Bithell (49er)
  • Gold, Nick Thompson (Laser)
  • Silver, Ed Wright (Finn)
  • Silver Charlotte Dobson/Saskia Tidey (49er FX)
  • Silver James Peters/Fynn Sterritt (49er)
  • Bronze Ben Cornish (Finn)
  • Bronze Ben Saxton/Katie Dabson (Nacra 17)


  • RYA UK Youth Squad (U19) - 77 sailors (as at 01/01/18)
  • 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) -  115 sailors (as at 01/01/18)
  • Junior classes - Topper, Optimists, Laser 4.7, Bic Techno, RS Feva XL
  • RYA Intermediate Squads - 49 sailors (as at 01/01/18)RYA Zone and Home Country Squads - 267 sailors


  • There are 34 active T15 clubs (as at 01/01/2018) 23 clubs took part in 2017 Interclub events, with over 400 children taking part in at least one event throughout the year.
  • 84 Team15 sailors took part in the 2017 Team15 Champions Cup event with most sailors racing on Techno boards, which is the pathway board required for RYA Zone Squads.


  • Nine new publications, including new editions scheduled for 2018
  • 300,000 items including books, eBooks, navigation equipment, training packs and certificates sold every year
  • There are over 110 RYA titles including books, eBooks, navigation equipment 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
  • 69 course completion certificates
  • 6 apps across iOS, Android and Windows, through the app stores for use on over 18,000 devices
  • 78 eBooks for sale and 50 for free (including the RYA Magazine and Wavelength)
  • 17 iBooks with more being added every month
  • 4 digital ePacks so students can choose how they learn
  • 100,000 app users across 100 countries


  • There are up to 200 RYA Sailability sites
  • So far over 60,000 disabled people have been able to experience sailing through the RYA Sailability programme (as at 20/02/2018)
  • Around 18,000 disabled people now sail on a regular basis (as at 20/02/2018)
  • 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.

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