Book now for the Big Weekend

Six reasons you won't want to miss it!
27 Sep 23

Banner graphic for The Big Weekend in blue and red with date 14-15 October and location at Plas Menai, strapline Explore, Experiment, Equip, and logos for RYA Cymru Wales, Sport Wales and Plas Menai.

RYA Cymru Wales is looking forward to hosting its premier event of the year for clubs, training centres and instructors – The Big Weekend!

If you’re involved in running your club or centre or supporting its activities, whether as a paid member of staff or as a volunteer – we would love you to join us at Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre over the weekend of 14-15 October 2023.

Society is changing and so our theme will be to explore the future of our sport/s, experiment with new ideas, and equip ourselves going forward with new knowledge and qualifications to take away.

Alongside essential updates for all, this will be a hands-on conference like no other, with some fantastic opportunities to be inspired and try new things. Depending on which sessions you choose, remember to bring your coat and/or your sailing kit!

You might like to find out how outdoor adventure skills can enhance your venue offer;  have a go at winging and SUPing; re-imagine club racing with a ‘takeover’ at Port Dinorwic; try keelboat racing or asymmetric boats; hone your safety boat skills; or join sessions for aspiring trainers.

Here are the top six reasons we think The Big Weekend is one you won’t want to miss:

  • Create your own timetable to suit your interests!

  • Have your say! Hear about our draft 5-year strategy for 2024-2029 and share your views

  • Tap into RYA expertise and meet your Home Country team
  • Connect with like-minded people from other clubs and centres
  • Claim back travel costs with our Green Scheme if you’re car sharing or using public transport
  • Find out about our all-new RYA Cymru Wales Impact Awards – who will you nominate?

RYA Cymru CEO James Stuart adds: "The Big Weekend comes at a key moment in time as we set ourselves up for the future - I’m looking forward to all of us sharing that journey and to welcoming everyone to Plas Menai."

Sign up for one or both days - thanks to Sport Wales, tickets are just £25 a day or £50 for the weekend, with a discount for under-26s. Tickets include lunch plus a Saturday evening dinner for weekend delegates, and Plas Menai has a special accommodation rate.

Book your ticket and come along!

Drone view over Plas Menai National Outdoor Centre for Wales with five dinghies sailing in the foreground.