August 2021


Lots of things are opening up and it’s great to see events, training, cruising and people getting out on the water! In terms of RYA Scotland and the community, here’s a quick round-up of some things that are happening just now or coming up.


All clubs & centres have been sent information on what the ‘relaxation’ of the Scottish Government restrictions on 9th August for ‘Beyond Level 0’ means to us in a sporting context. However, for your information the RYA Scotland guidance for boating can be found on our website.

Please note that although these changes will signal the end of most restrictions for boating activity, the Scottish Government has advised a set of baseline measures that should be maintained. These include:

  • Good hand hygiene and surface cleaning
  • Continued promotion of good ventilation
  • Requirement for face coverings in certain settings (e.g., indoors, public transport)
  • Continued compliance with Test and Protect, including for organised activity and for self-isolation when necessary
  • Ongoing need for outbreak management capability, including active surveillance

Changing rooms and indoor areas can now be opened but the clubs/centres should still look to risk assess for anything that they can do to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, as well as be aware of what recommendations and laws are still in place.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with the team.

Group of Olympic supporters at Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club

Olympic Celebrations

Congratulations must go to all the sailors and windsurfers who competed at Tokyo 2020! However, huge congratulations must go to the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club for the part they have played in the development of the 3 Scottish Sailors who participated in Tokyo – Anna Burnet (gold medal winner), Charlotte Dobson (6th overall), and Luke Patience (5th overall). Well done and we enjoyed celebrating with you!


RYA Club Census 2021

This is a final chase for clubs in Scotland who have yet to complete their census! The team have been contacting the clubs who are outstanding over the past couple of weeks as we need to get the information in ASAP (the closing date was 12th August and we are now chasing the stragglers).

This is the chance to let us know how your club has fared, in terms of membership over the past year. We are looking to get as much information back about the organisations in Scotland, and particularly around how healthy (hopefully) the membership is looking this year. If you need more information or the census re-sent then please get in touch via email


Club in Crisis – Funding Opportunity


The Clubs in Crisis Fund from Made by Sport supports sports clubs and organisations delivering sport for development that have been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is a national fund being delivered locally by community foundations across the UK. Foundation Scotland is distributing all funding across Scotland. The fund aims to support sports clubs and youth organisations that deliver sport for development to recover from the pandemic's impact and continue their work to achieve social outcomes through sport. Specifically, the fund is looking to support clubs and organisations that intentionally deliver wider social outcomes through sport to young people.

The closing date for applications is 30th August 2021 so you don’t have long!


RYA Award Nominations

There are currently two nomination categories that are open for the RYA across the whole of Great Britain – ‘RYA and Yachts & Yacthing Club of the Year’ and ‘RYA Musto Youth Award’.

Both of these awards look to recognise the hard work and dedication put in by the club and young person (respectively) and are great opportunities to be recognised for all that is done. The winners for both of these will be invited along to the RYA Dinghy Show in February 2022.

So, in terms of a little bit more information:

  1. RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year

    All RYA Affiliated clubs are eligible to apply and applications are open for this award, supported by Gallagher. An awards panel will shortlist a ‘Scottish Finalist’ along with one from each other Home Country & Region and two ‘wild card’ entries.

    Club applications close on 20th September so let’s ensure that Scotland is well represented in this process!

    For more information and to complete the application form them please visit here


  2. RYA Musto Youth Award

These awards celebrate the achievements of young people across sailing, windsurfing and powerboating through their volunteering, adventure, coaching, instructing, Sailability or performance. The search for this season’s most inspirational young boaters will shine a spotlight on the resilience and achievement of young people in our sport across the UK.

Nominations can be made by clubs, class associations, coaches and individuals and will close on 1st November 2021. Those nominated must have been under 19 years of age on 31 August 2021 (or under 19 on 31 December in exceptional circumstances).

Each of the 10 winners will receive £150 to spend at Musto and will be invited to take part in a once in a lifetime sailing experience with the British Sailing Team.

For more information and to nominate a young person then please visit here


Dates for information – 2020 & 2021

Scottish Regional Juniors Championships 2020 – 25th & 26th September at Loch Tummel

Regional Gatherings 2020

  • an event to take place in each of the 3 Regions (East, North & West) over the weekends of 23rd & 24th October and 6th & 7th November (dates and venues to be confirmed)

Affiliated Club Conference – Part 1 = online – Monday 8th November 2020 at 7pm

Affiliated Club Conference – Part 2 in Scotland – Sunday 6th March 2021 (venue to be confirmed)


Finally, we are planning to get out and about, so please let us know if you have any events or sessions that we could drop into – we’ve missed catching up on what has been happening!

Take care and stay safe!


The Development Team, aka Robin, Georgia, Ryan & Liza