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November 2018

A round up of RYA Scotland's activity with Scottish Clubs.

This winter time is traditionally when clubs look to review their season, start the planning for next season and complete governing requirements such as AGMs or asking for Membership Renewals.

We at RYA Scotland are well into the planning phase of the year, along with some delivery for the Developing Your Racing and Club Development Framework workshops – more to follow.

Here’s a round-up of some of the key areas of work from throughout the RYA Scotland team – we hope to see you soon!

  1. Scotland’s Boat Show

We had a very busy stand at Scotland’s Boat Show in October and despite some interesting, and at times challenging weather, we were able to provide a number of opportunities for people to get on the water. Thanks must go to our partners who enabled participants to take part in Motor Cruising Experiences (You&Sea Ltd), Yacht Sailing & Cruising Experiences (sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland) as well as RIB Driving Experiences (sportscotland National Centre Cumbrae).

We were also able to have a number of worthwhile chats with current members and affiliated clubs & organisations as well as meet with new potential members. The RYA Members Lounge and Gold Members Brunch were once again well received – thanks to everyone who stopped by. More information can be found here.

  1. Congratulations to Oban Duncan & Jamie Paterson – Scotland Takes the Double!

Massive congratulations must go to two stalwarts (both still under 16) of the Honda Youth RIB events. Oban and Jamie won both the 8-12 and 13-16yr old categories in the National Honda RYA Youth Finals at the Southampton Boat Show. Their dedication to perfecting their driving skills has ensured a lasting legacy for the centres they represent – IPowerboat and Findhorn Marina (respectively). Read more here.

The Honda RYA Youth RIB event has a strong tradition in Scotland, in fact Jamie has won the National event on three occasions. Additional support for clubs and centres is available through RYA Scotland and its volunteers so if you are interested in how to get involved for 2019 then please see further information on this National Initiative.

  1. ‘Developing Your Racing’ Initiative

The final sessions within this initiative ‘Embedding Racing within your Club/Centre’ have started with great conversations at Solway YC, sportscotland HQ Glasgow and Chanonry Sailing Club.

The session is open to any clubs/centres that have ran race training or racing this summer. We are looking for both coaches/instructors as well as committee members as we will discuss ‘embedding racing’ fully within your club/centre culture (and not sit as a stand-alone element).

The final date at Lochcarron Sailing Club is Sat 24 November 2018 (10am – 1pm)

You can book a place on the workshop through our Eventbrite Booking system which can be found here.

We are also currently planning the next round of sessions and further details shall be available early in 2019!

  1. RYA Scotland Winter Championships 2018

This year’s Winter Championships take place on 08 & 09 December at Largs Sailing Club.

This fun and friendly event welcomes all Junior and Youth categories and shall take the format of a two day sprint regatta.

For entry and more information please click on this link.

  1. RYA Scotland Club and Principals Conference – Sunday 24 February 2019

As you shall be aware, the RYA Scotland Club & Principals Conference will take place on Sunday 24 February 2019 at the newly re-branded Double Tree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Hotel. This is the final opportunity to request anything specific that you think we should include – please contact us ASAP!

As always, the event will be open to all Principals of Training Centres & Clubs as well as Club Committee Members and Volunteers. Information on the events and sessions shall be available soon.

  1. Get ready for Magenta Days! 

To promote more women racing keelboats at club level, the RYA has teamed up with The Magenta Project to deliver ‘Magenta Days’ – a series of on and off the water race training days for women.

It is unusual to see gender equality on the race course yet when you talk to female sail boat racers, they love what they do. You ask them why there aren’t more females out on the water and it is often that they lack confidence in their own ability and don’t want to let the crew down. Magenta Day race coaching goes some way to addressing this situation by providing female sailors with a safe learning environment to build confidence and ability.

The project will run at clubs throughout the UK in 2019 and beyond, further details can be found here. The RYA is now looking for clubs to get involved, if you’d like to host a Magenta Day, please express your interest here.

Finally, we want to say THANK YOU for your help with the RYA Annual Club Census information

It took us slightly longer than last year but on 1st November we reached 85% returns in terms of census information. Thanks again for completing this for us!

So what happens next…………………..we analyse the data clubs have submitted to continue to measure the Scottish trends around club membership and the reasons for increases as well as the limiting factors. The data is also compared to that of the Home Countries to get UK trends. Finally, we shall be pulling together a useful analysis for your club utilising the data you’ve submitted over the past five or so years. More information shall be available at the Clubs and Principals Conference and in the New Year!


Save the Dates in 2018 & 2019 – Further information is on the RYA Scotland website!

RYA Scotland Winter Champs on Saturday 08 & Sunday 09 December at Largs Sailing Club

RYA Scotland Instructor Gathering on Saturday 23 of February 2019 at the Double Tree by Hilton Glasgow Westerwood Hotel.

We hope to see you all soon,

The Development Team – aka – Liza, Robin & Jack

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