RYA Scotland are really excited to collaborate with 12 individuals from across Scotland to help grow active women and girls in our clubs and centres.  These Pioneers will work on varying projects which will target different groups. 

We had our first session together in April where we explored barriers in our sport and looked for creative ways to overcome them to help make boating more inclusive.  We are currently developing each initiative and will begin activity over the Summer.


Prestwick Sailing Club have already started a Women on Water programme on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings which is open to women and girls of all ages and abilities.  Some of the other initiatives are looking at promoting family sailing sessions or going into schools to promote local opportunities.  

Sailing offers a unique opportunity to people of all ages and abilities to engage in a sport for life. The pioneers project will look to break down some of the perceptions and change people’s lives. The promotion of breaking down the barriers is really important to the group.  We will be looking at gathering content from across Scotland.  Please get in touch if you would like to be involved.



Sarah Green from Prestwick Sailing Club

Emma Hepplewhite from Sailingfast, Paddlefast and Loch Lomond Sailing Club

Alice Lawrie from Castle Semple Sailing Club

Sami Poole from Port Edgar Watersports

Robyn Phillips from Aberdeen Sailing Trust and Aberdeen and Stonehaven Yacht Club 

Ann Roy from Helensburgh Sailing Club and Clyde Cruising Club

Zoe Robinson from Cove Sailing Club  


Youth Pioneers;

Oban Duncan from Sailing and Cruising Scotland and Lancashire Powerboat racing club

Robyn Francis from Dundee Sailing Club

Max McLean from Glencoe Boat Club

Alison McDermott from Isle of Bute Sailing Club

Anna Miller from Annandale Sailing Club    

Watch this space for more information and how you could get involved in future project and initiatives…  

If you want to inform us of something you are currently doing and you wish to share with our Pioneer Team please contact us via the office email: admin@ryascotland.org.uk