Royal Yachting Association

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Royal Yachting Association
IOC nationGreat Britain & Northern Ireland (GBR)
National flagUnited Kingdom
Other Sports
Year of formation1875 (1875)
Former namesYacht Racing Association
International federationWorld Sailing (World Sailing)
World Sailing members
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
PatronHer Majesty the Queen
PresidentHRH The Princess Royal
  • Chris Preston (Chair)
Chief ExecutiveSarah Treseder
Number of staffApprox. 160
Company statusLimited Company

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national governing body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.

·        The RYA is recognised by Government, the media and opinion formers as the representative body and voice for the activities that it represents.  It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 112,000 personal members.

·        The RYA has more than 1,500 affiliated clubs and classes, which represent some 350,000 boaters throughout the UK. It is estimated that 4 million people in the UK take part in boating activity annually.

·        The RYA also sets and maintains recognised standards for training for both leisure and commercial boating through a network of more than 2,400 RYA Recognised Training Centres across 58 countries. More than 250,000 people per year complete RYA training courses.

·        The RYA is responsible for one of the UK’s most successful Olympic medal winning sports. Our coaching and development schemes actively support 800 of our country’s top sailors, from talented juniors to Olympic and World champions.

·        The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating and making them accessible to everyone.  For more information please visit


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.


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[edit]


  1. ^ Scotland
  2. ^ Northern Ireland
  3. ^ Cymru Wales
  4. ^ West
  5. ^ North East
  6. ^ Midlands
  7. ^ East
  8. ^ London & South East
  9. ^ South
  10. ^ YachtWorld. "The RYA". YachtWorld. Retrieved 26 June 2018.

External links[edit]

Organisational sites

Famous sailors[edit]

See Category:British sailors

Olympic sailing[edit]

See Category:Olympic sailors of Great Britain

Offshore sailing[edit]

See Category:British sailors (sport)

Yacht clubs[edit]

See Category:Yacht clubs in the United Kingdom