RYA connected - share, learn, grow

RYA Connected 2023

Harness the power of the RYA network to help your club or centre thrive

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We’re stronger when we share, learn and grow together

The RYA’s series of conferences and development workshops this year provides even greater opportunities for you to connect, listen, exchange knowledge and best practice.

RYA Connected kicks off this autumn, and combines the former Affiliated Clubs Conferences and Sailability Conference under the new ‘Connected’ banner.

The in-person conferences get underway in November, and will be open to all affiliated organisations including clubs, Sailability groups, class associations, race officials as well as training centres that are based within clubs, creating more opportunities to network and share learnings.

Crucially, they are FREE* to attend and we encourage all the relevant people from your club to attend. Delegates can choose to sign up for whichever event is most convenient to them – it doesn’t have to be the one in which they, their club or centre is based.

Each event will feature a range of forums, workshops and presentations from which you can build a bespoke programme, including

  • Growing and developing your team of volunteers, instructors and race coaches
  • Creating an attractive offer so you can recruit and retain members
  • Building a thriving competitive sailing scene
  • Running safe and successful events and activities
  • Reducing your operating costs whilst also reducing your organisation’s impact on the planet
  • Opportunities to discuss the big opportunities and challenges in 2024
  • Sharing ideas for running training centres

There will be programme variances across the regional events. Dates, full agendas and booking information for each venue can be found below.


04 Nov 2023

South West

Taunton Racecourse, Taunton, TA3 7BL

11 Nov 2023

Northern Ireland*

Carrickfergus Sailing Club, BT38 8BE

18 Nov 2023


Anderton Centre, Chorley, PR6 9HG

19 Nov 2023


Brockington College, Enderby, LE19 4AQ

25 Nov 2023


Royal Hospital School, Ipswich, IP9 2RX

26 Nov 2023

London & South East

Holiday Inn, Guildford, GU2 7XZ

02 Dec 2023


National Oceanography Centre, SO14 3ZH

02 Mar 2024


The Dewars Centre, Perth

*Most events are free but the NI event is £10 for one club representative or £15 for two.


Explore RYA Connected events

The in-person regionally-based conferences will be complemented by a programme of ‘Connected’ webinars and online drop-in sessions throughout the year.