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July 2019 Blog

Here's the monthly update from the Participation and Development Team at RYA Scotland. Find out what's up ahead.......

How quickly this year seems to be moving – can’t believe the summer is here again and that lots of people are now on holiday! Let’s hope the weather improves and that it’s a great summer on the water.

As a team we’ve been getting out and out about lots, visiting clubs, meeting colleagues from throughout the sport and our partners at sportscotland & other sporting bodies and even getting to go sailing! With lots coming up in July and for the rest of the summer, it makes sense to give a whistle stop tour of what’s coming up, how you can get involved and a couple of other things that you may, or may not, know about!

Firstly it is thanks for two areas:

Push the Boat Out 2019 – Try Sailing

Huge thanks to the 39 clubs/centres who have completed their returns to the RYA around the events this year. It is great to see why organisations get involved and a total of 718 volunteers gave up their time at the Try Sailing events taking place throughout May. With a total just short of 3000 people who ‘got on the water’, it will be interesting to see how this has helped clubs and centres gain new members and ‘sell-on’ further opportunities to get involved through training courses etc. Further analysis shall be coming out soon!

RYA Club Census 2019

Once again it’s that time of year when we, at RYA and RYA Scotland, ask the clubs for assistance in outlining their membership breakdown and reasons for both increases & decreases in membership. For the last 2 years, a lack of volunteers has been one of the main stumbling blocks preventing an increase in membership, which is one of the reasons why Jack is now leading on developing a new Volunteer framework. So, if you’d like to ensure that the work of RYA Scotland has concrete & robust data to help shape the direction of our work then please join the 23% of Scottish Clubs who have already completed their census (by 4th July 2019). Thanks to those who were quick off the mark – for everyone else, you have until early August to get your information to us! If you have any questions please contact Liza Linton via the email address.


Now onto looking to get involved or helping out:

Club Training Catch-up – 14th July 2019

Would you like some support with your Summer training? Would you like to share any of your ideas for fun sessions to help prepare for the Scottish Club Trophy? Or would you like to hear about different games to play on and off the water? We are running an informal online session for those involved in training to get together and chat about how their training is going. This will be at 7.30 on Sunday the 14th of July. We will be using Go-to which can be access via your laptop, phone or tablet. The details to sign in are as follows;

Club Training Catch-up  Sun, 14 Jul 2019 19:30 - 20:30 BST 

Access Code: 438-004-845

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.  United Kingdom (Toll Free): 0 800 389 5276 United Kingdom: +44 20 3713 5011

Please register your interest in attending with Nikki Stewart prior to the event by emailing

Scottish Club Trophy 2019

We are less than 40 days away from the SCT 19. If you haven’t entered yet, then don’t wait do it now. It will be a fantastic event. There is an opportunity for a day’s coaching on the Saturday 17th August with the main event 18th August. Don’t miss out as there is only 100 entries available for the SCT and 60 boats for the coaching day.

If you have not been or heard of the event before check out our video on the webpage

This year we would also like to use the event can to help grow our volunteer pool whilst helping them to develop and progress along their own pathway. Whether that is driving a RIB as part of our safety crew, ensuring we keep ‘tabs’ on all the sailors through the tally board or help out with results, laying the courses etc., the list of roles on offer is quite extensive! So if you’d like to volunteer your time – either for fun and/or personal development, or a free packed lunch – then please get in touch via

MCA Launches Yacht & Powerboat Safety Consultation

The views of both small commercial vessels and pleasure boats are being sought by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). A total of six notices have been issued covering guidance on keel groundings, rigging inspections, preparedness, stowage of lifesaving gear, vessel resilience and emergency procedures, and maintenance, modifications, damage and repairs. Boater’s views are being sought around whether the guidance is realistic to carry out in practice, what other costs & benefits there may be and if the level of content is correct.

The RYA encourages all boaters to respond – the closing date is 18th July 2019

Further information on how to give your views can be found on the government website and a full list of questions is contained in Section 5 of this consultation – see the RYA website for access. Safeguarding in Sport is looking for help with Pilot Clubs

The Safeguarding in Sport Service (a partnership between Children 1st and sportscotland) are currently piloting a new ‘Standards for Child Wellbeing & Protection in Sport’ for sports clubs. They are looking for clubs to get involved in the pilot and All the information you need to know to take part is here

The aim of the pilot is to find out:

What sports clubs think about the standards; Are they achievable and; How best can clubs be supported to put the standards in place.

Essentially you are asked to complete two surveys – the first goes through the 8 standards and asks you to complete them for the club, the second asks about the content of the standards, the language used and if anything else is needed for clubs. You are also able to sign up for a focus group if you’d like to be further involved.

The closing date for the pilot has been extended to 19th August 2019 so there is still a great opportunity to get your club involved, however please make sure you have the time to complete both surveys.

This is a great opportunity for sailing clubs to be involved in shaping a national framework that will ultimately help to make sport a safer place for children and young people!!


Or get on the water:

Academy Programme

With the summer well underway our planning for the winter programme is starting to take shape. We now have dates for a full winter programme in the Optimist, Topper and Laser classes. Dates for the double handers will follow in the next few weeks as will venues for all of the Academies.

The Academy has been designed to be your one-stop shop for improving your skills from first getting into the class to being selected for GBR Squads. These weekends will be run by the Scottish National Coach within each class and offer not only the chance to learn from coaches, but also from sailors further up the Pathway who will train alongside those new into the boat.

Information on the Academy Programme can be found here

Dates for 2019-20 Programme are available here

British Keelboat League – RNCYC

Once again, the British Keelboat league is coming north of the border to Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club on the 7/8th September 2019. The RS 21 Fleet shall be brought to the event and so this is a call out to anyone who may want to put a team out for the event – a great opportunity to sail & race on the West Coast of Scotland.

For information, this event is open to any club or association affiliated to the RYA and shall consist of about 25 short (12-15min races) with team undertaking around 12 races each.

More information, including how to race can be found here

Know a junior who needs a supported boat?

If so, then it’s worth investigating the JMST competition as it is now OPEN! Applications will close Monday 1st of October 2019.

This opportunity 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 please visit the JMST page on the OnBoard website.

To declare eligibility please fill in the form which can be found here.


Save the Dates for 2019

Team 15 Events

Event 2 = Loch Insh Monsters – 20th & 21st July 2019

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

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

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)

Finally, we hope that you find useful this information useful to you and your club and that it helps to plan for the season ahead. Liza is hoping that after a winning start to her keelboat racing career (against other RYA Sports Development Staff) that it will get hot & sunny so she can continue her sailing education. 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!

Take care and we hope to see you soon,

The Development Team, aka Robin, Jack & Liza

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