RYA stands for Royal Yachting Association. Set up in 1875 as the Yacht Racing Association, the RYA has since become the national governing body for dinghy, motor and sail cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative body for inland waterways cruising.
The RYA exists to get more people into boating and watersport activities, promote safe boating practices and raise the standards of yachting and sailing in the UK through its network of more than 2,400 RYA recognised training centres in more than 58 countries, and more than 1,500 RYA affiliated clubs.
The last AGM was held 11 November 2022. Watch the AGM and find minutes here
The RYA Board of Directors is comprised of a mix of non-executive and executive directors and includes an Senior Independent Director
Responsibility for the Association's activities is delegated to a number of policy committees. Learn more here
The RYA is committed to upholding the letter and spirit of the Bribery Act 2010
How to raise concern if you believe that there is serious malpractice within any part of the RYA
View our policy & guidelines, plus what to do if you have a concern
Learn about the RYAs approach and policies to ensure fair and equal treatment for all
The RYA Safety Management System is a systematic approach to managing safety
Read the RYA Sustainability Strategy and find related policy documents and resources
Read about our commitment to responsible tax conduct in the RYA Fair Tax Mark Statement
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