Following the success over the past two years in providing first time boating experiences for hundreds of visitors, many more can gain a range of on the water activities.
RYA Scotland has supported Scotland’s Boat Show hosted by the Holt Leisure Group for the past four years. Working in partnership with RYA Training providers sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae, You & Sea, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, RYA Scotland is providing FREE sail and powerboat experiences during the three day event, to get you on the water straight away.
From a cruising yacht to a motor cruiser or a RIB driving experience to fully accessible sailing dinghies, visitors will have the opportunity to get afloat with RYA Scotland. The programme of on-water experiences can be booked in advance at the Scotland’s Boatshow event website from start of October or by booking at the RYA Scotland Pavilion on the day.
The support of the sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae along with You & Sea who will be providing different on the powerboat experiences at the show. David Frame of the national centre said. “It’s great to work with RYA Scotland in providing memorable experiences that lead on to getting involved in water based sports on more regular basis. We will also be bringing one of our training yacht along this year which gives a great balance to the powerboat fleet at the show.”
Alongside the national centre’s training yacht the Ocean Youth Trust’s ALBA Volunteer will be taking out groups for 2 hour taster sessions from the marina and highlighting the opportunities available through the trust on their fleet.”
Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park is providing a number of Hansa Dinghies, offering a small boat sailing experience that is accessible by all. It will also be the fourth year for the powerboating experience that is custom built for wheelchair users aboard the Wheelyboat.
James Allan of RYA Scotland said. “We are really excited at RYA Scotland to get visitors on the water again this year bringing together some local partners to offer some great opportunities afloat that cater for everyone at Scotland’s Boat Show. The members lounge aims to be expanded throughout the weekend this year at the Chartroom allowing our members to come along and find out more about how their membership helps boating in Scotland.”
Organiser, Kevin Blamire, explains. “Our focus for us at Scotland’s Boat Show has been to get more people on the water and RYA Scotland delivers a safe and successful environment to try a range of boating for the first time, while providing some excellent advice for those with more sea time ashore. It is great to have the team on board again.”
The RYA Scotland Pavilion hosts a range of marine trade bodies and of course the main RYA Scotland Stand where you can find out about our work and the many benefits of becoming an RYA member. Following the success last year the RYA members lounge will be at the Chartroom Restaurant and includes a Gold Members brunch on Saturday the 13th.