As the start of the season, and our annual Push the Boat Out opportunity fast approaches, here’s a quick round-up of what’s been going on and what we are planning……

The Year So Far

1. Development Conference

There were over 25 clubs and centres represented by the 55 delegates who attended the 2019 RYA Scotland Development Conference on 24th February. James Steele from sportscotland and Tony Bishop from Queen Mary Sailing Club started the day by discussing the changes in our landscapes and how we can continue to get involved. This was followed by a number of carousel opportunities where delegates could learn about ‘Boats for the Future’, Developing Your Racing, Push the Boat Out, Local Engagement and A Place for Everyone as well as the exciting Plastic Education. A round of workshops then followed with Paul Chaplin from Nairn rounding off the day by taking the delegates through a picture story of the club’s development. The conference update can be found here

2. Instructor Gathering

The RYA Scotland Instructor Gathering took place on the 23rd of February at the Doubletree by Hilton Westerwood Hotel. We brought together over 90 instructors from various disciplines who shared ideas and insight into training. There were a wide range of workshops including Night Navigation, Junior Powerboating, Creative Coaching and Foiling. Following on from our Gathering, we are looking to deliver some more practical training opportunities across Scotland. The areas we are looking at are, Windsurfing, Powerboating, Disability and Foiling. If you are interested, please contact to register your interest and/or gain more information.

3. LGBT Youth Scotland Charter – Raise the Flag

At the Instructor Gathering and Development Conferences, James Allan (CEO of RYA Scotland) spoke about why we have partnered with LGBT Youth Scotland. Through their charter programme we have been encouraged to specifically look at how we ensure clubs, centres and our sport (as a whole) can be seen to be as open and friendly as we like to think it is whilst ensuring that those from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community feel that they are welcomed and supported in boating. RYA Scotland started a visual social media campaign, during February, supporting the rights of the LGBT+ community within the world of boating. We have a number of RYA Scotland Rainbow designed flags touring the country and we are asking clubs and centres to sign up to support the cause. More information on the charter and work RYA Scotland are doing within the community can be found here.


How to Get Involved

1. Developing Your Racing Initiative for 2019

Following a successful opening year, The Develop your Racing initiative returns for this year. We have taken on board some of the feedback from last year, and so we have changed the format to run these sessions at a weekend. Running at three venues, the sessions will give us a little more time on topic and to allow those from further afield to attend. The first workshops will look at coaching skills both on and off the water and you will leave the day with some creative ideas to take back to your club or training centre. The second round of workshops will reflect on the season and will explore the vision of racing within your club. For more information and to book onto these workshops please follow this link 

2. RYA Scotland Spring Championships – 30th & 31st March 2019

RYA Scotland are back at Loch Tummel Sailing Club on 30/31st March for the Spring Championships. This is an inclusive event aimed at the Youth and Junior Classes (however open to all) which offers sailors the opportunity to get on the water, have some fun and put into practice what they have learnt over the winter!

Please encourage all of your active members, those who are new into racing as well as those already part of the performance pathway to get involved by following this link for more information and to enter – closing date is 24th March 2019.


3. Class Academies

How time has flown, we only have one round of class academies left until the end of the winter training season. If you have taken part in a weekend before and had a great time, or have never heard of this opportunity and are intrigued, then please follow this link below to get yourself signed up and out training on the water with some top level Scottish coaches and sailors. We look forward to seeing you there…

Class Academy Dates and Venues






16/17 Mar

23/24 Mar

23/24 Mar

16/17 Mar

23/24 Mar

4. Get involved in Keeping Your Local Community Beautiful

Does your club wants to get behind some of the excellent Beach Clean events in your local community? Your club could join or run a Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Spring Clean as part of the Clean –Up Scotland campaign, Or take part in the Big Spring Beach Clean from the 6-14th of April organised by Surfers Against Sewage. Both are excellent opportunities to improve your surrounds, and potentially engage with the community – click on the links below.

Keep Scotland Beautiful – Clean Up Events

The Big Spring Clean

Registering for either or both events will help put your club on their maps and the clean-ups assist in providing annual data around our coasts.

5 UK Volunteer of the Year Awards NOW Open

The RYA Volunteer awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by volunteers throughout the UK. It is a great opportunity to celebrate our volunteers on a national level. 

Find out more here.

Save the Dates for 2019 – further information shall be on the website soon

May 2019 – Push the Boat Out – national opportunities to get involved in sailing and windsurfing

8th June 2019 – Wheels to Water Event (Disability watersports participation event at Lochwinnoch)

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 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