October 2022

Here we are once again with the latest instalment from Wales!
13 Oct 22

Ffin a Ffoil

October 1st and 2nd saw our second Ffin a Ffoil taking place down at Dale. It was an absolutely amazing event with Saturday especially being perfect for such an event – a fantastic mix of wind and blazing sunshine!

We had some fantastic suppliers present giving kit demos, as well as a number of sessions such as Try Winging (Wingsurfing), Try Winging (Wingfoiling), Skills Development sessions for Windsurfers, and some racing too (with France beating Wales!!)
We also had some amazing free yoga sessions and some brilliant food and entertainment on the Saturday evening – all in all, a fab weekend!

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Wings being demonstrated

Welsh Youth & Junior Championships

104 sailors were treated to some of Cardigan Bays' finest sailing conditions on Saturday with 9-11 knots from the west tracking south and a mild sea state.

There was a variety of boats, with sailors aged from 7-18;  from those competing at their first open sea event to sailors recently selected for GBR Youth Squads. 25 races were sailed across the two-course areas in total, with the first discard coming into play after the 3rd race.

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Wide shot of ilca race

RYA Cymru Wales Consultation Events

We’re very pleased to announce that RYA Cymru Wales will be hosting a series of regional consultation events across Wales in the coming weeks.  The events, hosted by RYA Cymru Wales staff, are an opportunity for you to give us your views on the challenges you are facing and how we can develop our new strategy to best support you going forward.
The intention is to host more consultation events in the future to be delivered at different locations across Wales.  The first series of events will be held on the following dates:-

  • Llanfairfechan Sailing Club – Tuesday 25th October (6pm-8pm)
  • Tenby Sailing Club – Thursday 27th October (5pm – 7pm)
  • Cardiff Bay Yacht Club – Tuesday 1st November (6pm-8pm)

Please could we ask that a maximum of two representatives from each club or centre attend. To book your place, please email your local development officer stating the preferred venue and name(s) of the attendees.
An online forum will also be arranged to enable those who are unable to attend the events in person to give their views.  Further details on this will follow shortly.
We look forward to seeing you at one of the events.

The Green Blue Boating Pledge

We are excited to share that we have now officially launched The Green Blue Boating Pledge!  
We are now inviting all RYA staff and volunteers to Make the Pledge to Respect, Protect and Enjoy our boating environment for cleaner, healthier waters. Please show your support and help encourage other boat users to make the Pledge by sharing it with family, friends and colleagues and the wider boating community.

Save the Date!

Our RYA Affiliated Clubs Conference is COMING SOON!! Welsh Clubs Live will be happening on the 22nd of November at 7:30pm.

The regional and home country conferences are an opportunity to connect with other clubs as well as RYA staff and volunteers. Join us to hear the headlines from the region and the latest local opportunities for your club. There will be a programme of follow up online club development sessions led by experts that will explore the following areas, with some Wales specific networking sessions in the spring (watch this space!)

  • What are the needs and motivations of your club members and how can you provide an experience that’s right for them?
  • How can you make your club welcoming to a wider range of members?
  • What can you do to make your volunteers experience meaningful?
  • How can the RYA’s new Club Management Compliance Toolkit help you manage your club?
  • How to secure the funding you need for your club

Book your place


Club Issues


It’s no secret that there may be some tough times ahead for many of us, and your clubs will also feel the pinch with the cost of living crisis, especially increased utility bills.

We’re very keen to hear your thoughts about this so please take some time to complete our cost of living survey:

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You may also find the following link very useful, the new Funding Portal, which is a great resource to help clubs find funding streams:

That’s it from us this month – see you in November!

The RYA Cymru Wales Development Team.