Scottish Club Chat December 2023

As we near the end of the year, it is time to reflect on the successes of 2023 and look forward to the opportunities of 2024. It was certainly a memorable year for RYA Scotland with plenty of excitement planned for 2024.
11 Dec 23
Canal Boats sitting in the Snow
During the recent Scottish Disability Sport Week, RYA Scotland celebrated Rory McKinna, showing what can be achieved in sailing despite a disability. Rory joined the Development Team on our monthly Connect Call, contributing to the discussion of how to make sailing accessible for people with disabilities. One of the key points of the chat came from a club member who said, “we just do what we can.” And that’s all you have to do! In fact, your club is probably already making adaptations and engaging people with disabilities. Contact your Regional Development Officer or the Development Team to learn about Sailability and how you might be able to do even more.

Royal Tay Yacht Club are the newest RYA OnBoard centre in Scotland, continuing to promote the huge benefits that they provide to young people who participate in sailing in the heart of Dundee.  RYA OnBoard is a hugely successful grassroots programme which can be adapted to suit the needs of participants, clubs, and centres with the ethos of promoting the personal development of character in young people at its core. The programme and resources are designed to support instructors, coaches, and leaders to understand how to deliver sessions which intentionally help that personal development. Benefits to the OnBoard venue include training opportunities, access to resources to support events, and increased opportunities for funding. To learn more, speak to your RDO.

We are looking forward to hearing more stories through our Impact Awards over the winter months. If you wish to celebrate some of the people at your own club who make an impact on your time afloat, take just a few minutes to nominate someone today. You can see previous winners on the RYAS YouTube Channel.

It is time to submit your Portsmouth Yardstick data. The Portsmouth Yardstick handicap system is run jointly by the RYA and its affiliated clubs to allow sailors to race different boats against each other fairly. At the end of each year, clubs submit their results data to the RYA to be collated and analysed. The Portsmouth Yardstick numbers are then adjusted accordingly. The more data received, the more accurate the PY numbers will be. Submissions should be made online by Sunday the 31st of December.

You may have seen that the RYA affiliation process is changing and you may have questions. Have a look at the FAQs for starters. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact your RDO or the RYAS Development Team. We are here to support you!

Learn, share, and grow at the RYA Scotland Connected Conference which will be held on Saturday the 2nd of March 2024 at the Dewars Centre, Perth.  If you are part of an RYA-affiliated club, centre, association, or the wider boating community within Scotland, please plan to attend. The comprehensive agenda will provide ample opportunities to hear about and discuss a wide variety of topics relating to going afloat in Scotland. Bookings will go live very soon.

Would you like to help the development of a healthy and active sailing and boating community on a national level? Would you like to provide support and share your perspective with the RYA Scotland Development Team? Consider joining the Participation and Development Committee. This committee draws from a wide range of RYA interests and brings a diverse group of representatives together to input toward the future of participation and development within our sport and with wider boating activities in Scotland. There are also vacancies on the board and other committees.

The RYA Scotland Connect Calls are opportunities to converse with your peers and the Development Team on a range of topics and to raise any questions you may have. Mark your calendars for our winter series and register for free.

2024 is shaping up to be an eventful year. In addition to the 2024 Paris Olympics, there will be numerous adventures closer to home for attending and joining. Get out your diary and start planning.

Here are a few funding options to consider:

Please do not hesitate to make contact if you have questions or areas where we might be able to support. Send us a message at

Best wishes for a festive finale to 2023 and a happy and healthy 2024 from The Development Team – Laura, Brian, Rhys, Liza & Naseef