As you will be aware the current situation with the spread of Covid-19 is affecting RYA Scotland as much as any other organisation. It is a challenging time for everyone and it is our sincere hope that everyone in Scotland’s Boating Community remains safe and healthy while we navigate our way through the changes to our lives.

You will have seen the relevant advice on staying safe and social distancing along with the information on the current restrictions to remain at home where possible and I implore you to abide by these for everyone’s sake.

Like our colleagues across the UK, RYA Scotland has cancelled all our activities for the time being, up to the end of May and contacted those who are affected by this. This includes all our Performance Programme activity, our Strategic Consultation, Club, Instructor and Coach Development gatherings as well as the suspension of inspections for Training Centres. It is likely this timeframe will extend.

We remain busy ensuring that we keep up to speed with the latest information that we think will be helpful for our affiliated clubs and training centres to cope for now and to prepare for restarting when we can. We have collated information specific to Scotland into one place which is available here.

We will endeavour to keep our members updated at regular intervals or as major changes occur but please bear in mind things move quickly and we may not be able to keep up. If you do have more information that you think would be of interest to clubs and training centres then please do share it with us.

There is also an entire section of the RYA website now dedicated to the latest UK information on COVID-19 and how this relates to the organisation and boating in general.

Our staff are all working from home and can be readily reached by email, details of which are available on our website. Many of you will already see that we continue to provide support through online meetings and our social media channels, as well as closed platforms for some of our work with Performance athletes. We are also in the process of setting up a series of club drop in discussions online, details of which will be circulated directly to club contacts and preparing for a series of lighter hearted moments to help keep the spirits up. Look out for these on Facebook especially.

The RYA Scotland Board are in regular contact as the situation evolves and are constantly acting in the best interests of the organisation and the people and affiliated organisation we are here to support. To this end the Board have aligned with the UK wide RYA close down for Easter from the 6th to the 17th of April inclusive. There will be no staff available through this time. This allows for the dispersal of annual leave and gives the staff much needed space away from work in their home environments.

I know everyone will have their own unique challenges through these difficult days and I do hope you and your loved ones fare well. The wind and the water will be there waiting for us on the other side and I look forward to the day we can share the good times again.

James Allan.