Clubs and associations are key to delivering training, racing and water access, providing an environment in which thousands of enthusiasts can enjoy our sport.

A significant proportion of this country’s sailors and motor boaters regularly access their sport through the RYA’s network of 1500 affiliated clubs and associations; so, ensuring the continued support and development of clubs and associations is essential to the continuing popularity and growth of all forms of boating. 

Here we provide you with all the information you need about RYA affiliation, how affiliation can help support your club or association and the resources available to you, from club development and club management, to finances and legal matters. 

What is RYA affiliation?

When you affiliate to the RYA you become part of the RYA family, a community of like-minded clubs and associations working with the RYA to ensure the ongoing success and growth of club and class activity and all forms of boating across the country.

Your affiliation also supports the RYA’s work protecting your rights and freedoms on the water.

Why affiliate?

As the National Governing Body for boating we work on behalf of the sport, recreational boaters and our affiliates in the following areas:

Promoting and protecting safe, successful and rewarding British boating

Thanks to our External Affairs team's efforts to lobby government, boating was one of the first activities back on the water, after the first lockdown. We also supported clubs with the information and guidance to safely resume activity.

Information and advice

To help your organisation succeed and assist you in running it effectively, efficiently, and compliantly.From taxation and governance, to risk assessment licensing, our experts are available to support you every step of the way. Since 2009 the RYA has supported affiliates in securing grant funding in excess of £11m.

Promotion and communications

We provide participation and membership development programmes and the frameworks and support to help you promote your organisation.Our broad range of programmes and initiatives are easy to get involved with and are designed to help develop participation.

Racing services

For those affiliates who organise racing we provide a plethora of services to assist them in attracting more racing participants and volunteers, retaining them in the sport for longer and making racing as enjoyable as possible.

Training and development

We supply the training framework, standards, syllabus and development opportunities to deliver safe and successful boating for members to attract, train and retain new members and volunteers.

Affiliation benefits

Enjoy access to exclusive discounts and savings exclusively for affiliates including club and classes insurance, safety boat packages and race officials insurance.

How much is affiliation?

Affiliation fees are determined by membership subscription income from full members. More information can be found here.

Affiliation Benefits
Club Zone

Explore a suite of information, advice and resources for clubs and classes

Supporting you in the running of your club

From legal advice, to support with environmental issues, affiliated clubs benefit from a wide range of support

Promoting your venue

Tools to communicate with new and existing members


With your support, we represent the interests of recreational boaters

Racing services

Take a look at the wealth of support we have in place for members

Training and development

Development opportunities for volunteers, instructors, coaches, race officials and others


Save money and volunteer time.....

Gallagher Insurance

Take a look at Gallagher specialist club insurance policy

RYA Magazine

As an affiliated organisation you will automatically receive a copy of our quarterly magazine

RYA shop discount

Receive 10% off all our products

Crown Estate

RYA Affiliated Clubs are entitled to lay racing marks on ground owned by the Crown Estate, click here to find out more

VAT and Corporation Tax Specialists

Your club can claim a free 30-minute consultation


The affiliation process is quick and simple. Find out more here

Let us answer any questions you have about affiliation