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How to make the most of lockdown

Whilst the current lockdown prevents us from going out sailing for the time-being, there is much we can do to plan for a return to the water, to make sure we are ship-shape as soon as the starting gun is fired. Online courses Why not use this enforced time at home to refresh nautical skills or acquire new qualifications. The RYA has several online More »

Published 17:11 on 14 Jan 2021

International Sailor of the Decade

Winner of the YJA MS Amlin 'International Sailor of the Decade' Award has been announced as Jon Holt, founder of the Scaramouche Sailing Trust . The 'International Sailor of the Decade' award recognises the achievements of those who have had the greatest positive impact on sailing in the past ten years. Jon was among the list of five sailors shortlisted which included Dee Caffari, Sir More »

Published 17:20 on 8 Dec 2020

Sailing into 2021

With the promise of a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon now (or, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson described it, "the distant bugle of the scientific cavalry coming over the brow of the hill," ), we can begin to dream of the travel adventures we'll be able to enjoy in 2021. But even if you're not quite ready to contemplate travel abroad yet, it's easy to enjoy a sense of escapism on board a boat, More »

Published 22:48 on 30 Nov 2020

2020 British Yachting Awards

Despite the pandemic, 2020 has been a great year for boat launches and sailing achievements. Indeed, the strength of each category's shortlist gives no hint of wider events. Through innovation, commitment and enthusiasm, the marine industry has adapted and continued to thrive. Gear manufacturers have continued to impress with innovations across the board. Boat manufacturers have continued to identify niches and create boats that push the boundaries. Sailors, of course, got on the water More »

Published 07:44 on 22 Oct 2020

RYA leads call for limited and controlled access to marinas

Definitive guidance sought from key Government Ministers With the current COVID-19 pandemic forcing the country into lockdown, the RYA has received a considerable number of enquiries from members who are not able to gain access to their boats now that most marinas have closed. We are acutely aware that our members currently have valid concerns about the inability to undertake checks in respect of security and essential maintenance. More »

Published 15:30 on 28 Apr 2020

Do you know someone who could sail The Long Way Up?

Sailing charity Turn to Starboard is seeking twenty-four, forces' veterans to take part in the nautical adventure of a lifetime! The Long Way Up challenge offers wounded, injured or traumatised servicemen and women the chance to join one of three 40-foot yachts sailing the length of Britain, from Land's End to John O'Groats and back. A minimum of one week's previous yacht sailing experience More »

Published 16:04 on 10 Mar 2020

What are we going to do with all the old FRP boats?

Oceans accumulating plastic, and other illegally dumped waste , is not the only cause of marine pollution. Some old boats are dumped or deliberately sunk, with the excuse of creating artificial reefs: not only is this underwater detritus physically destructive to marine ecosystems (damaging coral or fragile sea bed vegetation), but as the vessels break down in the water, their plastic-based hulls release harmful micro-plastics into the sea. Fibre-reinforced More »

Published 08:09 on 4 Mar 2020

New campaign to encourage girls to pursue careers at sea

Research by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency reveals that of 1,210 people who have qualified as senior yacht seafarers since 2006, only sixty of them are women. Jenny Matthews and Natasha Ambrose are working hard to change that statistic, by raising the visibility and awareness of women in the maritime industry, and encouraging schoolgirls to consider careers as superyacht captains. Jenny Matthews and Natasha Amrose of She of the Sea, a More »

Published 18:44 on 26 Feb 2020

Upcoming events

January 23-24

Merlin + RS 200 Winter Warmer (Itchenor Sailing Club)

Merlin and RS 200 Open Winter Racing Timings: tbc
Jan 23

King George Gallop (Seldén Sai… Cancelled (King George V Reservoir Sailing Club)

Jan 23

IOCA Optimist Training 3 Cancelled (Burghfield Sailing Club)

Optimist (IOCA) regional winter training, open to all aspiring racers using
January 30-31

RYA Optimist Regional Training… Cancelled (Burghfield Sailing Club)

RYA Regional Training Group up to 36 Optimists arriving and up
January 30-31

RS Aero National Youth Trainin… Cancelled (Burghfield Sailing Club)

2 ribs required
Feb 5

10:00 - RYA Diesel Engine Course (Little Ship Club)

RYA Diesel Engine Course - short course
February 6-7

Southern BUSA Qualifiers OUYC… (Oxford Sailing Club)

Feb 6

John Merricks Tiger Trophy (Se… Cancelled (Rutland Sailing Club)

7/1/21: The Tiger Trophy has been postponed. We hope to
Feb 13

RYA VHF SRC Classroom Course (Little Ship Club)

One day training course RYA Marine Radio Course
Feb 13

08:00 - Oxford Blue (Seldén SailJuice… (Oxford Sailing Club)

Feb 14

RS Aero National Youth Trainin… Cancelled (Burghfield Sailing Club)

February 20-21

Merlin + RS 200 Winter Warmer (Itchenor Sailing Club)

Merlin and RS 200 Open Winter Racing Timings: tbc
February 20-21

Top Gun OR Backup Southern BUS… (Oxford Sailing Club)

February 27-28

Bewl Open (Flying Fifteen Association)

Bewl Sailing Association Final confirmation on the viability of this event
Feb 27

08:00 - Optimist Winter Open (Burghfield Sailing Club)

A full one day Optimist event for experienced main fleet sailors.
Feb 28

IOCA Optimist Training 4 (Burghfield Sailing Club)

Optimist (IOCA) regional winter training, open to all aspiring racers using
Mar 6

09:00 - D One Open Meeting (Burghfield Sailing Club)

We are looking forward to welcoming the D-One Class to Burghfield
Mar 6

10:00 - RYA Diesel Engine Course (Little Ship Club)

RYA Diesel Engine Course - short course
Mar 7

09:30 - Topper Traveller (Spinnaker Sailing Club)

First event of the ITCA Southern Traveller Series. This
March 13-14

Highlander Midwinters (Lake Norman Yacht Club)

Mar 13

OK and National 12 Sprint Even… (Burghfield Sailing Club)

OK and National 12 Sprint Event
Mar 13

Sprint 15 Open Meeting (Oxford Sailing Club)

March 13-14

Etchells Youth Academy Trials (Royal London Yacht Club)

March 13-14

Keelboat Midwinters (Lake Norman Yacht Club)

March 13-14

Contender open meeting & tune… (Datchet Water Sailing Club)

British Contender Association open meeting Sunday 14th March, 3 races
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