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August 2019 blog

WOW – can’t believe it is August already! Hopefully all is going well at your club/centre and that the ever changing ‘Scottish Weather’ has not hampered your activities too much.

Things are getting really busy here in the office as we head towards this weekend’s Scottish Club Trophy event, with the new ‘Coaching Day’. It’s a case of all hands on deck as we move RIBs, double & triple check the entries, pack the trophies (and the odd flamingo) and make sure we’ve got everything ready for a fab event.

We are also chasing the final RYA Club Census returns please get them back to us if you have still to so as the closing date is this week as well as getting organised for what is happening over the second half of the year from Class Academies, to conferences, to Scotland’s Boat Show to our new Annual Awards linking into the RYA Club of the year.

So here’s a couple of things that may be of interest to you and your club!


Firstly, we are looking to reward and recognise……………

RYA Club of the Year Awards

This year we are doing things slightly differently and linking our RYA Scotland Club of the Year into the national RYA Awards. This means that the Scottish Club of the Year, to be announced at the Scotland’s Boat Show in October, will be our nominated ‘regional finalist’ for the RYA / Yachts & Yachting Awards and compete against the other ‘regional finalists’ for the overall RYA Club of the Year (announced at the 2020 Dinghy Show). The closing date for this is 20th September and further information & nomination forms can be found here


RYA Scotland 2019 Annual Awards – Who Makes a Difference to Your Time Afloat

As you know we’ve started increasing our conversation around ‘volunteers’ and the fabulous work they do to support our clubs, our sailors and generally our sport. We are looking for your help in recognising and rewarding our volunteers through the Annual awards – more information on the slight changes for 2019 and how to nominate can be found here

We are also looking to do a further push on the John Merricks Sailing Trust opportunities for junior sailors. So if you know a junior who needs a supported boat/board then it’s worth looking at this opportunity.

It is aimed at promising youngsters who display enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sport and those who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals. The trust supports at least one young sailor per year from each region and home country, gifting them with 2 years of exclusive use of their own boat donated to their club or centre which will then support and continue to benefit other young sailors in the future.

For more information on eligibility, and to complete an application form, please visit the JMST page on the OnBoard website. Applications will close Monday 1st of October 2019.


Secondly, there are lots of opportunities to get on the water before the end of the season/end of the year:

Class Academy Programme

Planning for the winter programme is well advanced and the Class Academy dates and venues are now online – booking will be open soon! The RYA Scotland Class Academy Programme offers a place for sailors of all ages and levels to develop their skills, improve their ability and to get curious about racing alongside a team of top quality coaches. If your club has any eager young sailors who want to learn more about racing or club members who want to develop their racing skills amongst other likeminded people then please point them in this direction.

For more information and dates follow this link


RYA Scotland Youth and Junior Championships – 21st & 22nd September 2019

Entry for the RYA Scotland Youth and Junior Championships at Dalgety Bay SC is now open! This event offers an opportunity for all young racers to get out on the water and compete over 2 days. It is a fun friendly event that welcomes sailors new to racing in the regatta fleets, whilst delivering a top level racing arena for those battling it out in the main fleet.

For all your information needs and to enter then please see here

British Keelboat League – RNCYC on 7th & 8th September 2019

The Keelboat leagues graces Scottish Waters in September with the RS 21 Fleet (that is being used for all events) being sailed at Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club. Teams, from throughout Scotland, can be entered and the event is a great opportunity to sail & race on the West Coast of Scotland.

More information, including how to race can be found here

Bart’s Bash – 14th & 15th September 2019

Once again this international event, celebrating the life of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, is taking place in September. Clubs and Centres can register to be part of the largest sailing race in the world. For more information on how you can get involved with this event and to register, please see this website


Finally a bit of information that’s more specific for Clyde-based Clubs:

The Keep Scotland’s Beautiful Campaign ‘Upstream Battle’ has a week of action coming up in September. The week of action will run from Saturday 14th to Friday 20th September and will involve a large digital campaign as well as a number of events to get involved with across the week. Keep Scotland Beautiful wants to get as many people and groups as possible, so if possible, it would be great if clubs on the Clyde could help the campaign by either ‘Helping us spread the word’ in the lead up to and during the week of action; Join one or more of the planned events during the week of action or organise their own event during the week of action e.g. a litter pick and survey on their waterway.

Further information on how you can get involved can be found here


Save the Dates for 2019

17th Aug 2019 – Scottish Club Trophy Training Day – Loch Earn Sailing Club

18th Aug 2019 – Scottish Club Trophy – Loch Earn Sailing Club

14th & 15th Sept 2019 – Team 15 Event hosted by Monikie Maniacs – Monikie Country Park

21st & 22nd Sept 2019 – Scottish Youth & Junior Championships – Dalgety Bay SC

Sat 16th Nov 2019 – Regional Development Conference – Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore

Sat 30th Nov 2019 – Regional Development Conference – sportscotland HQ, Glasgow

Sat 18th Jan 2020 – Regional Development Conference – Tayside/Dundee area (venue tbc)


Hope this is of use to you all! We are now off to move RIBs and get stuff organised – hopefully we’ll see you at an event soon. In the meantime, if there’s a feature you would like to see us introduce such as a ‘club development topic’ then please get in touch so that we can tailor the blog to you!

Happy sailing,

The Development Team, aka Robin, Jack & Liza

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