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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

    Published 17:11 on 14 Jan 2021

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    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

    Published 17:20 on 8 Dec 2020

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    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,

    Published 22:48 on 30 Nov 2020

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    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

    Published 07:44 on 22 Oct 2020

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    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.

    Published 15:30 on 28 Apr 2020

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    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

    Published 16:04 on 10 Mar 2020

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    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

    Published 08:09 on 4 Mar 2020

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    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

    Published 18:44 on 26 Feb 2020

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    RYA reflects on result of 2019 General Election

    Clear majority in House of Commons is welcomed The RYA has welcomed the election of a majority Government and hopes that this will see progress on issues across Government that impact on recreational boating and outstanding issues related to Brexit of concern to its members. Howard Pridding, RYA Director of External Affairs, said: "With the Government now having a clear majority in the House of Commons,

    Published 11:37 on 19 Dec 2019

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    RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award 2020

    Voting is now open for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award 2020, supported by Gallagher. Cast your vote at https://awards.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/rya/ The annual award recognises the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK, promoting the hard work and dedication that goes into running a successful club. The RYA Awards Panel have selected 10 finalists for 2020: Prestwick Sailing Club Yorkshire

    Published 11:42 on 13 Dec 2019

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