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June 2019 blog

So it seems to be down to ‘normal business’ for the month of June, following a hectic month of open days, Try Sailing and Push the Boat Out activity.

At clubs and centres, their main activity seems to be around providing opportunities for people to get on the water, to convert those interested in boating to regular participants and to prepare sailors for (fingers crossed) a long summer of getting on the water, having fun and potentially racing! Here at RYA Scotland the team seem to be meeting ‘fantastic’ so once again it’s a short ‘blog’ for this month as there is so much going on……

Thanks – Push the Boat Out 2019

Thank you to all those involved in organising, helping out, supporting, volunteering, blogging etc. about Push the Boat Out 2019!! Despite some ‘dire weather’ at times it seems that things on the whole have gone well and that ‘quality’ rather than huge ‘quantities’ has been the key thing. It seems that the people who have attended are those who have wanted to get on the water rather than people just coming along for a day out.

I have a plea in that RYA are trying to look at how well the events went, if the resources were useful/well received and what further support you’d like to see from us. Thanks to the 27 clubs/centres who have already responded to the questionnaire – it would be great to get the remaining 18 venues to complete it ASAP too.


Making Volunteer Development an Important Part of the Future – WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

You will remember that in last month’s blog we told you that RYA Scotland is looking to embark on a mission to help shape the future of volunteering in the boating community – creating a sustainable volunteer culture fit for the future.

We are looking for your help in order to help shape the content and support resources of the new volunteer framework! We are wanting to hear about your experience(s) on how to recruit, develop, progress and reward volunteers. This can be how you do it as a club/organisation or the good (or bad) bits of your personal journey as a volunteer!

Over the next 5 months we will be hard at work looking to produce top tips, advice, tools and aids that you can use with your volunteers. If you would like to be involved in shaping this content then please get in touch with Jack (who is leading on this area) via the address.

Scottish Club Trophy 2019

As you will know, the Scottish Club Trophy is a great event that can be used as a milestone for your club’s junior/youth training. It is a fun, exciting event that is supported by some of the best coaches leading our junior pathway in Scotland.

The event is aimed at sailors who have not sailed away from there club before and we will provide a relaxed environment as well as easy going coaches and officials that will help you make the most of your sailing.

As this is the “club trophy” don’t forget the big prize of having the Scottish club trophy back in your clubs trophy cabinet. Why don’t you gear up a team of sailors from your club and come and sail with your friends and family. Your club may even get a prizes for the highest number of sailors form one club.

As introduced in last month’s blog, will be running a coaching day on Saturday 17th Aug for sailors who are looking to make a weekend of fun. There are limited places (60 Max) so please make sure you sign up and get involved (separate entry and payment required). More information is available on our website here

Finally, as always support is needed to ensure we have a fab event for the youngsters involved. So if you would be interested in volunteering your time to help support this event please get in touch with We have a long list of jobs/opportunities to make this a fantastic event and always need help especially with rib drivers, race officials, tally board operators, beach masters, results, mark layers the list goes on. This could be a good way to gain experience or learn new skills.

RYA Scotland AGM – Monday 17th June 2019

The Annual General Meeting for RYA Scotland is fast approaching and you probably have just about enough time to register your interest to attend! The venue is the RYA Scotland Offices at Caledonia House in Edinburgh, it starts at 7pm and further information can be found here including how to register your attendance. Hope to see some of you there!

Save the Dates for 2019

Team 15 Events

Event 1 = Newburgh Sea Gorillaz – 15th June 2019

Event 2 = Loch Insh Monsters – 20th July 2019

Event 3 = Port Edgar Pirates – 10th August 2019

Event 4 = Monikie Maniacs – 15th September 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. As always, if there’s a feature you would like to see us introduce 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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