Royal Yachting Association

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Royal Yachting Association
RYA
RYA.svg
IOC nationGreat Britain & Northern Ireland (GBR)
National flagUnited Kingdom
SportSailing
Other Sports
Official websitewww.rya.org.uk
HISTORY
Year of formation1875 (1875)
Former namesYacht Racing Association
AFFILIATIONS
International federationWorld Sailing (World Sailing)
World Sailing members pagewww.sailing.org
World Sailing member since1907 Founding Member
Continental associationEuropean Sailing Federation
National Olympic CommitteeBritish Olympic Committee
National Paralympic CommitteeBritish Paralympic Committee
Other affiliation(s)
  • European Boating Association
ELECTED
PatronThe Queen
PresidentThe Princess Royal
Board
  • Chris Preston (Chair)
SECRETARIAT
Address
Chief ExecutiveSarah Treseder
Number of staffApprox. 160
FINANCE
Company statusLimited Company
REGIONS
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Cymru Wales
  • North West
  • North East
  • Midlands
  • East
  • London & South East
  • South
  • South West

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is a United Kingdom national body for dinghy sailing, yacht and motor cruising, sail racing, RIBs and Sportsboats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.[1] It is the national governing body for Olympic sailing in the UK[2]

History[edit]

The Yacht Racing Association was founded in November 1875.[3] Its initial purpose was to standardize the rules of measurement to different racing yachts so that boats of different classes could compete fairly against each other.[4] 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).[5]

The RYA remains constituted as a membership association, with a Council of elected volunteers as its supreme policy-making body. It publishes over 110 maritime titles that are regarded internationally and is translated into more than 20 foreign languages. RYA Magazine is the organisation's membership magazine.[5]

Committees[edit]

While the 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the RYA | About Us | RYA - Royal Yachting Association". www.rya.org.uk.
  2. ^ "Sports | UK Sport". www.uksport.gov.uk.
  3. ^ YachtWorld. "The RYA". YachtWorld. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Royal Yachting Association". www.watchguard.com. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b "The RYA « YachtWorld UK". Retrieved 4 December 2019.