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October 2019 Blog

Scotland's Club chat for this month, and as the season comes to a close we would like to remind you that there are lots of opportunities to get involved over the Winter season.

As we write this, we are currently at Scotland’s Boat Show at Kip Marina – meeting with loads of members and those who have an interest in boating. In the office, RYA Scotland is busy planning & running a variety of activities from the Regional Gatherings starting in November, gathering nominations for the RYA Scotland Awards, Class Academies and for meetings with our focus clubs.

The first thing to draw your attention to is this year’s Annual Awards:


So, ‘Who Makes a Difference to Your Time Afloat’? The Annual Awards, which close on 31st October, look to recognise and reward our volunteers, participants and performances of the year. The nomination process runs to the end of this month click here for more information and how to nominate!!



As part of our Awards, we will recognise the hard work of the RYA Scotland Club of the Year – Prestwick Sailing Club, who were announced at this year’s boat show. Congratulations to all those who submitted their nominations. Prestwick SC will go forward for the  RYA Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2020 finalist in a public vote prior to the Dinghy Show in March 2020. Look out in Yachts and Yachting for details of how to vote for the Club of the Year 2020.

Secondly, we are in the final planning stages of the Regional Gatherings and information shall be coming out shortly. As you know, we will be holding three club development conferences in Aviemore (16th Nov), Glasgow (30th Nov) and Dundee (18th Jan) looking at topics that shall help support clubs in their own development. We shall continue to discuss the Club Development Framework as well as look at how we can incorporate ‘Sport for Life’ and how boating can impact on individuals and local communities. There will also be the opportunity to ‘ask an RDO’ around funding & facilities, look at the changes in Child Wellbeing & Child Protection as well as how to support our volunteers.

This year we are doing a new offer of ‘buy one, get one half price’ so that means it shall cost £14 per person* or if there are two (booked at same time), it shall be £21 for the two (equating to £10.50 per person). The price for non-member clubs shall be higher as always. More information will be out immently and we hope to see a number of you there!

Thirdly, if you are looking to improve your skills, develop and/or are curious about what training alongside a team of top quality coaches is like then the Class Academy Programme is for your (or those in your club who’d be interested. For more information and dates follow this link

Also, have you seen the new The Green Blue website? It is full of a variety of resources that clubs, centres or individuals can use to promote awareness – such as guides/posters that could be included in any yearbook or club member mailing that is due to go out in the new year!

Finally, the first part of the new calendar year is always ‘conference season’ and there are a variety of options that allow clubs, instructors, participants to get involved!

RYA Scotland are hosting the 2020 Cruising Conference on Saturday 21st March 2020 – as part of the Year of Coast & Waters. If you would like to find out more information on when registration goes live then please register your interest here

Save the Dates for 2019/20

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 – Royal Tay YC, Dundee

Sat 22nd Feb 2020 – Instructor Gathering – Stirling Court Hotel

Sat 21st March 2020 – Cruising Conference – venue TBC

We hope to see you all at an event soon, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to ask a question, chat or catch up!

Happy boating,

The Development Team, aka Robin, Jack & Liza

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