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What are your memories of learning to sail?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the RYA’s sail training schemes and to celebrate  they are encouraging anyone that’s ever taken a course to share their stories.

Since 1970, millions of people have taken RYA courses – with more than 270,000 people undertaking some form of RYA training every year.

RYA Director of Training and Qualifications, Richard Falk commented: “I discovered RYA training relatively late in life. I’d been around boats for 30 years before I took an RYA course, but that training enabled me to change careers, skipper a yacht in a round-the-world race, establish and run multiple businesses, and, ultimately it’s given me the privilege of managing the largest, most reputable sail and powerboat training schemes in the world.”

Over the coming months, the RYA will be sharing a series of personal stories, as well as images and video footage from ‘back in the day’, looking back at how far things have come.

The campaign will also explore the enormous impact the RYA’s training schemes have had on the boating world and marine industry as we now know it.

Richard continued: “So whether you’ve done a course or have delivered courses as an instructor, this year is all about celebrating your individual stories and the impact RYA training has had for so many.  We’ll be selecting our 50 favourite contributions, and as well as featuring as part of the celebratory campaign, our winners will also receive a special commemorative glass.”

Whatever your story, please send your favourite images, anecdotes and memories to 50years@rya.org.uk for your chance to win a special commemorative whisky glass featuring the 50 Years of RYA Training logo.  Terms & conditions apply, find out more here.

www.rya.org.uk/go/50years

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