Recreational boating in the UK has a long established tradition of self-reliance and individual responsibility. Consequently, we continue to enjoy relative freedom to pursue our boating activities, but this freedom cannot be taken for granted.

Today, our coastal waters and inland waterways face increasing pressure from competing commercial, environmental and leisure interests. For these reasons, it is vital that recreational boating interests are represented effectively to ensure that Government, in all its forms, takes full account of our activities when balancing competing interests.

The RYA provides a robust, articulate and intelligent voice to represent recreational boating and it works closely with its Home Country organisations in respect of matters related to the devolved administrations.

Read the RYA's stance.


Find out the latest on post-Brexit issues and how it impacts you. 

Issues that we are working on for you

Read the latest advice and information for recreational boaters, affiliated clubs and recognised training centres.

Disposal of flares

Stay up to date with the latest developments surrounding the disposal of pyrotechnic flares.

Marine licensing

Current marine license applications that the RYA is responding to on behalf of our members


Planning issues that the RYA team is responding to on behalf of our members

Red diesel

Keep up-to-date with the latest lobbying news on red diesel.

Affiliated club support

Find out more about the latest advice and guidance for affiliated clubs.


Oversees policy, advice and representation relating to recreational boating. Learn more about the work of the External Affairs and Cruising Committee (EACC).

Latest updates
External Affairs
01 Jun 21

RYA and RYA NI welcome the announcement that HMRC will delay the changeover date to white diesel for propulsion in Northern Ireland to 01 October 2021.

Yacht in Cardiff Bay
RYA Certificates of Competence to be reinstated in Spain
21 Jun 21
Red ensign flag flying on the back of boat in harbour.
Collaboration between leading leisure marine associations continues with clarification on post-Brexit certification
07 May 21
Planting seagrass seeds at Plymouth Sound National Marine Park
England’s largest seagrass planting programme underway
21 Apr 21
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