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The RYA is for people who love being on the water, enjoying the freedom of cruising open waters or inland waterways, or the thrill of racing, under sail or power. Whether you're a beginner or an expert we're here to help you get the most from your time on the water.  

The purpose of the RYA is to promote and protect safe, successful and rewarding British boating and each year the RYA has around 220,000 course completions at 2,500 international training centres, introduces 16,000 youngsters to sailing through it’s OnBoard scheme, and answers around 17000 cruising, environmental, technical and legal queries. It offers a wider range of benefits to members through some 50 member reward partners.

The RYA supports a full range of sailing and boating activities along the Thames. RYA regional development officers, sailing development officers, and regional committee members are on hand to support clubs and centres and answer any queries you may have. You can contact your regional development officers:


Susie Moore at


Steve Mitchell at

RYA programmes include OnBoard for youngsters starting sailing, Sailability for the disabled, Team15 for young windsurfers, and Honda Youth RIB for powerboaters. RYA sailing, start racing and boating courses are widely available for all ages at approved clubs and centres along the Thames.

Over winter RYA regional club conferences, review and plan meetings and winter workshops can help your club or centre plan its development for the coming years, with guidance on everything from preparing a club development plan to how and where to obtain funding.

Regional high performance managers guide sailors progressing to zone and national squad level, and continuing professional development courses provide ongoing training for RYA instructors, coaches and assessors.

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