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Let’s get sailing and windsurfing reinstated to the published PE activity list

The Department for Education (DfE) has released its public consultation and is now inviting proposals to add activities to the published GCSE, AS and A level physical education (PE) activity list.

Sailing and windsurfing, along with several other sports, were removed by the DfE from the list of activities eligible for practical assessment at GCSE, AS-level and A-level in 2014.

The RYA has continued to lobby the Secretary of State for Education and the Sports Minister in an effort to have sailing and windsurfing reinstated in the list of eligible activities and are now encouraging members and supporters, as well as parents and teachers, to submit their own responses to the consultation.

A detailed briefing paper containing the RYA’s comments on the Government’s seven criteria is available on request (contact or 023 8060 4223), which can be used as a base for consultation responses.

Howard Pridding, RYA Director of External Affairs, said: “We know that there is an enormous amount of passion and willingness to support the reinstatement of sailing and windsurfing to the list of assessed sports, and we hope that our 112,000-strong membership base will be able to help us to achieve this.

“The more responses there are, the more likely we are to be successful so we would encourage RYA members and the parents of sailors and windsurfers to take part in the consultation.”

Responses to the review should be submitted at: 

The public consultation closes on 20 December 2018. For more information click here.

Para sailing and kiteboarding to debut at 2019 RYA Youth National Championships

Entries are now open for the new-look RYA Youth National Championships, which will see kiteboarding and para sailing join the action for the first time.

The 2019 regatta, the UK’s premiere youth racing event, will take place from April 12 to 19 at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, home of Olympic sailing in the UK.

Hundreds of Britain’s most talented young sailors are expected to descend on WPNSA for the week-long regatta that serves as a celebration of youth sailing.

Entrants must be aged under 21 on 31 December 2019 with the exception of the 420, Topper, Twin Tip and para classes. Further details of requirements can be found in the Notice of Race.

Discounted early bird entries close on January 31 2019. For more details click here.


Sailing greats announced as RYA Dinghy Show 2019 hosts

The RYA are delighted to welcome not two, but three new hosts to the RYA Dinghy Show for 2019. Double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson OBE will be joining forces with sailing presenter and journalist Matt Sheahan and Match Racing World Champion and Olympic sailor Annie Lush to host the show. Hear more about our hosts.

Returning to Alexandra Palace, London on the weekend of 02-03 March 2019, the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts and Yachting is the only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing.

Clubs can take advantage of our group tickets which will also be available as a weekend option this year. Why not get the whole ‘tribe’ together and make a weekend of it?

You can buy tickets here or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 858 9069.

For all the latest news and information visit or follow us on Facebook or on Twitter @dinghyshow. Join in: #DinghyShow #MyDinghyTribe


Don’t miss the RYA Affiliated Clubs Conferences

It’s that time of year again and the first of the RYA Affiliated Clubs Conferences supported by Gallagher are underway. Hundreds of people gathered for the Wales, Midlands and South West conferences which took place in their respective regions in early November. With a variety of workshops and presentations on offer, feedback has been extremely positive and attendees have left ready to start implementing ideas and improvements back at their clubs during the winter months.

The remaining regional conferences will continue in the coming months. Don’t forget to take a look at what’s on in your region.

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