Royal Yachting Association

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Royal Yachting Association
RYA
RYA.svg
IOC nation Great Britain & Northern Ireland (GBR)
National flag United Kingdom
Sport Sailing
Other Sports
Official website www.rya.org.uk
HISTORY
Year of formation 1875 (1875)
Former names Yacht Racing Association
AFFILIATIONS
International federation World Sailing (World Sailing)
World Sailing members page www.sailing.org
World Sailing member since 1907 Founding Member
Continental association European Sailing Federation
National Olympic Committee British Olympic Committee
National Paralympic Committee British Paralympic Committee
Other affiliation(s)
  • European Boating Association
ELECTED
Patron Her Majesty the Queen
President HRH The Princess Royal
Board
  • Dave Williamson (Chair)
SECRETARIAT
Address
Chief Executive Sarah Treseder
Number of staff Approx. 160
FINANCE
Company status Limited Company
REGIONS

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the British national governing body for all forms of boating sport, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, and personal watercraft.

History

The Yacht Racing Association was founded in November 1875[10]. Its initial purpose was to standardise the rules of measurement to different racing yachts so that boats of different classes could compete fairly against each other.

Membership at the time cost two guineas and was available to "former and present owners of racing yachts of and above 10 tons Thames measurement and such other gentlemen as the committee may elect".

In 1921 the YRA incorporated the independent Sailing Boat Association and the Boat Racing Association into its body.

In 1952 the YRA became the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

Now universally known simply by its initials, the RYA remains constituted as a membership association, with a Council of elected volunteers as its supreme policy-making body.

Committees

While RYA Council is the RYA's senior policy-making body in boating matters, responsibility for the Association's different activities and areas of interest is delegated to a number of policy committees.

The main function of the policy committees and sub-committees is to agree and oversee the implementation of RYA policy in their respective areas. Responsibility for day-to-day management of each area rests with the RYA's professional staff, with the relevant departmental manager acting as secretary to his or her committee.

More information about the RYA's main committees and sub-committees can be found on the Association's website.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.rya.org.uk/scotland/Pages/hub.aspx Scotland
  2. ^ http://www.rya.org.uk/rya-regions/rya-ni/Pages/hub.aspx Northern Ireland
  3. ^ http://www.rya.org.uk/rya-regions/rya-cymru-wales/Pages/hub.aspx Cymru Wales
  4. ^ http://www.rya.org.uk/rya-regions/north-west/Pages/hub.aspxNorth West
  5. ^ http://www.rya.org.uk/rya-regions/north-east/Pages/hub.aspx North East
  6. ^ http://www.rya.org.uk/rya-regions/midlands/Pages/hub.aspx Midlands
  7. ^ http://www.rya.org.uk/rya-regions/east/Pages/hub.aspx East
  8. ^ http://www.ryawm.co.uk/ London & South East
  9. ^ http://www.rya.org.uk/rya-regions/south/Pages/hub.aspx South
  10. ^ YachtWorld. "The RYA". YachtWorld. Retrieved 26 June 2018. 

External links

Organisational sites

  • Official website
  • RYA training site
  • RYA racing events
  • RYA OnBoard
  • RYA Sailability
  • RYA Olympic Sailing Website

Famous sailors

See Category:British sailors

Olympic sailing

See Category:Olympic sailors of Great Britain

Offshore sailing

See Category:British sailors (sport)

Yacht clubs

See Category:Yacht clubs in the United Kingdom

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