News Home Cruising Australia Cruising USA Cruising Canada Boats for Sale Sail-World Racing Photo Gallery FishingBoating
Video Gallery Newsletters : RYA Onboard gets half a million youngsters on the water
RYA Onboard gets half a million youngsters on the water

'RYA Onboard gets half a million youngsters on the water.'    RYA

Half a million youngsters of all ages and backgrounds have experienced sailing and windsurfing through the RYA OnBoard (OB) programme.

RYA Sport Development Manager, Duncan Truswell explains: 'When OB was created back in 2005, we set ourselves the ambitious target of introducing half a million kids to the sport in ten years. As we approach the programme’s 10 year anniversary next March, we’re delighted to announce that have we’ve already reached that number'.

Whether it’s taking to the sea for the first time in a dinghy or going racing during a PE lesson, OB introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged eight to 18 at an affordable cost, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

'Sailing helps youngsters to develop a wide range of life skills including confidence and independence as well as being a fantastic outdoor activity to do with friends and family whilst being active and keeping fit. Part of the OnBoard ethos is to give as many youngsters as possible the chance to experience the pleasure of the sport and have the opportunity to continue' said Duncan.

One youngster to benefit from the programme is Ciara Archbold (15) from Leicestershire who attended a beginner sailing course through OB at her local club just two years ago. She became involved in the junior activities at her club and last year was selected for the RYA North Zone Topper Squad, the first rung on the RYA’s Performance Programme ladder.

Ciara said: 'For a long time I was nervous about taking part in events but at the end of each day I felt on a high and was looking forward to the next one. I have fallen in love with sailing. Sailing has given me much more confidence. I’m now able to walk into a room of people I don’t know and join in. It has also given me a sense of determination and a willingness to tackle any challenge'.

Over the ten year period, OnBoard also aims to covert 10% of first timers into regular participants and so far it’s nicely on track. Special thanks go to all the OnBoard venues and volunteers for delivering the activity as well as our valued supporters and suppliers who have enabled us to increase the scale of the programme via their support throughout the last 10 years.

For more information about RYA OnBoard and how you can get involved with the programme visit RYA OnBoard

by Emma Slater


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

9:17 AM Wed 25 Jun 2014GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Sail-World Cruising News - local and the World

Barnacle Busting by Neil and Ley Langford,

From Penguins to Polar Bears by Cherie Winner,

NCI granted dedicated VHF Channel by National Coastwatch,

Positive news for cruising boats in Greece by The Cruising Association,

Risks to penguin populations continues by British Antarctic Survey,

Follow these tips when anchoring by Alex and Daria Blackwell,

Galley Guys meet the Spice Lady by Greg Nicoll, Andy Adams and John Armstrong,

If all else fails read the instructions!! by Stuart Carruthers, RYA Cruising Manager,

Phuket Yacht Show: new kid on the block taking on PIMEX? *Feature by Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia and Phuket Yacht Show,

Sea and Summit leg seven - Rain fails to dampen Tash's spirits
RYA meets with Government over latest red diesel development
Endangered species are like Movie Stars - Charlie Sheens and Tom Hanks
Halong becomes a Super Typhoon; Japan in harm's way
Vanuatu Customs making life easier for visiting cruising yachts
Tropical Storm Bertha expected to become a typhoon
Flags at Sea, an infographic by John Tissott
Cruising lessons from ocean racers
Procedures set out for waterborne visitors to Vanuatu
17-year-old RNLI volunteer saves child in first rescue mission + Video
Teen names latest RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in Poole + Video
RYA Sea Survival Handbook – 2nd edition now available
Fascinating opportunity with OceansWatch
Lobster Thermidor - Making Julia proud
Fake GPS signals detected when cruising the high seas
Our new Cruising Editor editor remembers his first offshore adventure
World Odyssey Race - Bringing back the Corinthian spirit
Blue Planet Odyssey - Jimmy Cornell playing catch up on North West Pa
Blue Planet Odyssey Rally - Raising climate change awareness
All Points Rally departs this November
World ARC 2014 reaches Australia   
Venezuelan Port Control lift recent port restrictions.   
Seismic survey ship operating north of Aruba and Curacao   
A Mooring in Iceberg Alley   
Boaters urged to speak up on 15%ethanol proposal   
Predictwind helps you pick the best time to depart   
IMB reports worrying trend of piracy hijacks in Southeast Asia   
Watch this whale lift a Kayak clear out of the water   
World ARC reaches half-way point in Australia   
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles (Part 2) *Feature   
Vietnam Marina Development: ONE°15 Vung Ro Bay Marina Resort   
Drowning or electric shock? What you need to know to help save a life   
Costa Concordia - the $2.25 billion salvage operation ready to begin   
Northern Scotland: Voyage to Orkney and Shetland Isles, more photos *Feature   
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - New location and attractions   
Long Island waters could become more taxing this summer   
4.8 million Legos all at sea   
No tiller sailing - how to steer using just the sails + Video   
Tranquil, colourful and funky, Genoa Bay is a must stop for West Coast *Feature   
Scientist pioneered tracer to reveal hidden ocean flows   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph, contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT