RYA Anti-Doping Strategy – Sail Clean

What is sail clean?

Sail Clean is the RYA’s strategy to ensure our sport stays fair for all competitors.

Fair sailing and good sportsmanship are fundamental principles that underpin the sport of sailing and as the most famous Olympic sailor of all time, Paul Elvstrom, once said "You haven't won the race, if in winning the race you have lost the respect of your competitors".  Integrity, inclusivity, responsibility and excellence are our core values and the RYA are committed to playing their part in ensuring that the sailing community provides an environment that supports fair play and clean sport.  

The RYA are committed to supporting and providing anti-doping education to sailors, coaches and support personnel, in a proportionate manner, to ensure that all sailors understand anti-doping requirements and can make informed choices.

Download the Sail Clean Strategy.

Why are we talking about anti-doping?

As the national governing body for the sport of sailing, the RYA has a responsibility to keep the sport of sailing clean. It also has obligations to World Sailing as a member national authority and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) as the National Governing Body for the sport of sailing in the UK. 

As such, the RYA has a set of anti-doping rules which incorporate both the World Sailing Code and UKAD Anti-Doping Rules.

When do the anti-doping rules apply?

The RYA anti-doping rules apply to anyone in the United Kingdom who has agreed (either in writing or by their conduct) to be bound by the Racing Rules of Sailing. Athlete Support Personnel, for example coaches, parents/guardians and physiotherapists, also have a number of responsibilities under the rules.

This applies whenever the racing rules are being used, from club racing through to the Olympic games.

Do I need to do anything at my club?

Club racers should be made aware that the anti-doping rules apply to them.

Download the poster to put up in your club:

Find out more about anti-doping.