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RYA Race Officials Academy

The Race Officials Academy provides an environment to create equitable opportunities for development and promotion of young Race Officials. In turn, striving to increase the number of under 35’s to officiate at World Class and International Events.

The Academy provides cross-discipline learning for those of you aspiring to participate in delivering a major event. Through structured training, we encourage you to fast track towards gaining a National qualification within 3 to 4 years.

Prioritising the importance of fun, we aspire to deliver a supportive network through peer group mentoring, coupled with a social atmosphere on and off the water.

Every journey through the Academy will be unique to you – whether you’re an active sailor or a keen Race Official, the opportunities offered will help you personally focus and excel along your desired path.  

Your first year in the Academy will endure training courses for all five qualifications at regional level. If you already hold a regional qualification you will instead aim to attend the national courses for these disciplines.

Whilst times remain uncertain with COVID-19, courses will still be run over 1-2 days, but they may be virtual.  As well as the annual Induction weekend at the end of November and the Dinghy Show in March, the Academy would assume your attendance at different events suited to your skill and interests. These will be from club events and RYA events across the country, expecting participation at a minimum of four weekends through the year.

Relevant courses will be offered to you continuing through the approximated five years you will be at the Academy. The Academy offers mentors to personally assist you as you progress. They aim to assist and support you on your unique journey, helping you draw up your training plan to achieve your goals of the specific disciplines.

Networking with the existing members of the Academy also provides great opportunity for sharing and support, as they express keen interest in welcoming others to the programme (and the WhatsApp group)!

To apply to join the RYA Race Officials Academy, you need to be aged between 18-35 years old as of 1st September 2020. Applications are now open and the closing date is Friday 18th September 2020.

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Final selection will be notified by 1st October 2020

If you are chosen to join the RYA Race Officials Academy, your induction weekend will take place at Portland House in Weymouth provisionally on the 27/29th November 2020.  

If you have any questions please give Jacqui Roberts, RYA Race Officials Development Officer a call  office: 02380 604161  mobile: 07766 136610 or send her an email 


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