Boat Angling

If you’re looking to go boat angling, improve and catch more fish or even skipper an angling boat successfully then the latest publication from the RYA is for you.  By purchasing a copy of the new title you could also win yourself a year’s free subscription to popular fishing title, Boat Fishing Monthly.

Written by professional boat angler, Jim O’Donnell, who has vast experience of boat fishing around the UK and overseas, the RYA’s newest title, ‘RYA Boat Angling Explained’ tackles inshore and offshore boat angling and helps answer questions that the uninitiated may find difficult to answer, where to you start looking?  Which hook?  Which bait?

Split into three comprehensive sections; RYA Boat Angling Explained take a close look at:

  • Safety, Choosing a Boat and Tackle
  • Boat Angling Method
  • Popular Species and Basic Fishing Techniques

By following the tips in the book you’ll end up with methods for reeling in no fewer than 24 of the most common fish in British coastal waters, with each fish receiving its own bespoke pages showing you precisely how, where and when to catch them.

“Jim has done a superb job in tackling the most important questions from choosing a boat and tackle to popular fishing techniques, alongside some stunning and informative illustrations. This really is a potent mix and one that will certainly make you a more successful boat angler.

“RYA Boat Angling Explained completes our popular boat angling series by looking at the skills for the more dedicated boat angler rather than seamanship skills or what a cruising sailor will need to fish off the back of their yacht”, explained RYA Publications Manager Steen Ingerslev.

RYA Boat Angling Explained is filled with easy-to-follow text and illustrations, and is designed to take you, step by step, through how to skipper an angling boat successfully.

Boat Fishing Monthly Prize draw

Teaming up with Boat Fishing Monthly the RYA is pleased to be able to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a one-year subscription to the magazine.

To enter all you need to do is order your copy of RYA Boat Angling Explained directly through the RYA (RRP £13.99, with 15% discount for RYA members £11.89) and you’ll be automatically entered into the prize draw

This prize draw will close on 31 August 2012 and a winner will be selected at random by RYA Publications.

There is one entry per person and the number of copies bought is not reflected.

Pre-order your copy now by visiting the RYA web shop

Other similar titles:

  • RYA Fishing Afloat (G72)
  • RYA Seamanship for Sea Anglers (G50)
  • RYA Pocket Guide to Sea Fishing Baits (G91)
  • RYA Pocket Guide to Fishing Knots (G88)
  • RYA Pocket Guide to Sea Fishing Rigs (G90)

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Celebrations for Sail for Gold

Olympic spirit was in the air last weekend (09 June) as sailors of all ages and abilities took part in RYA Sail for Gold activities to celebrate London 2012.

The celebrations, which aim to bring the 2012 sailing events as close to home as possible coincided with Medal Race Day at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth and Portland and provided a fantastic opportunity for clubs and centres nationwide to follow the action and create their own special events.

Clubs were able to show up to-the-minute regatta news, audio commentary, live tracking, interviews and results in their clubhouses thanks to special web banners from the RYA.  Clubs also enjoyed using their Sail for Gold kits to celebrate the day which included bunting, flags, medals and inflatable torches.

One club who embraced the occasion were Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club who gave visitors a warm welcome and the opportunity to try sailing in their Sail for Gold ‘have a go’ sessions.

Visitors off all ages took to the water including nine year old Hannah who took her friend sailing in her Optimist dinghy and 72 year old Roy Bryan who had his first ever sail in a Laser Stratos.

Up in Scotland, Clyde Cruising Club also opened their doors to their local community with ‘have a go’ sessions welcoming both adults and children to try dinghy sailing for free at Bardowie Loch.

They held an on the water torch relay and those on shore enjoyed Olympic themed games, quizzes and activities.

“The event was a great success as we had loads of help from our club members and plenty of non-members joining us. It was great to see lots of new faces out on the water” said Jenni Kirk,

Instructor at Clyde Cruising Club Dinghy Section.

As well as competing in the first event of the North West Team15 Inter-Club Championship, aspiring young windsurfers at Astbury Sailsports Centre, Cheshire, enjoyed tracking the progress of their windsurfing idols Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw, following the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta between their races.

Their sixth and final race was given an Olympic twist following the same course format that will be used for the London 2012 medal races.

In Exmouth 500 people came out to witness a spectacular display when members of Exe Sailing Club staged a special relay around Exmouth Marina with a 1948 Olympic Torch. The event was part of the 1948 Sailing Relay and the Torch was passed from members of the club all the way to a waiting cruiser which carried it off in a flotilla of boats to Sidmouth, the next stop on its journey to Weymouth.

Exe SC Commodore Rex Frost expressed his wishes of good luck to the British Sailing Team- “We have been collecting written tokens of good will and inspiration to carry forward to inspire and give heart to our team” he said.

RYA Sail for Gold Coordinator Celia Edgington said: “We are absolutely delighted to see all the wonderful events that sailing clubs and centres have been organising right across the country.  People have really been embracing Sail for Gold and sailors of all ages and abilities have been getting out on the water and having a fantastic time.”

“The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games provide the perfect opportunity to showcase and celebrate our sport making people nationwide feel genuinely connected to, and part of, this incredible sporting event.

“There’s still plenty of time to hold your events. Why not celebrate with us on July 21st for Sail for Gold Push the Boat Out Day”.

Launched in March, more than 600 clubs, centres and marinas nationwide have signed up for Sail for Gold, with volunteer Sail for Gold Activators driving their club’s Sail for Gold activity to embrace the build-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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The three lucky winners of the RYA Sail for Gold Good Luck card competition enjoyed a wonderful day out over the weekend (Saturday 09 June) when they visited the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta and got to present their winning cards to Skandia Team GBR and members of the British Olympic and Paralympic Team.

Millie Irish (8), Toby Widdows (9) and Abby Hanna (15) were chosen from amongst hundreds of entries by RYA Olympic Manager Stephen ‘Sparky’ Park as winners in each of their age categories, winning them a day out at the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta and the opportunity to get up close and personal with their sailing heroes.

“My card was a picture of a boat made out of the GB flag with pictures of the Team on it”, Toby told us.  “If felt tremendous when I found out I had won and I’d really like to meet Ben Ainslie, I’m so excited I can’t wait to see him and all the sailors” he continued.

In the 13-16 age group, winner, Hanna drew a fantastic picture of a Paralympic class boat that really took the judges eye.  “I was rather surprised to have won but it will be great to meet any of the sailors as they are all very interesting people.  It’s been really cool coming along today.”

The youngest winner Millie, draw a wonderful flag design with a statement that Sparky felt the team should heed…”Good Luck, but win”.

Throughout the day the winners and their families received a full tour of the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy, which will become home to the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, before heading over to the Nothe to watch the women’s 470 and RS:X finals.  It was then back to the boat park to collect some autographs as the sailors came in from racing.

Finally it was time to present their cards.  In front of the whole of Skandia Team GBR the youngsters were presented to the team and asked to tell them about their cards before being joined by Ben Ainslie, Niki Birrell and Hannah Mills to officially hand over their good luck cards.

“It’s been a really fun day for all our winners and their families” explained RYA Sail for Gold co-ordinator Celia Edgington.  “It has really enthused the youngsters to get out sailing more and they all seemed genuinely excited to have met the sailors.  It’s been a big day”.

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The Sail for Gold Good Luck Card competition is part of the RYA’s Sail for Gold initiative which aims to bring the excitement of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to sailing clubs and training centres across the country in the lead up to and during the Games.  It seeks to inspire new and existing sailors to get out on the water, make clubs the focal point for members to join in the spirit of the Olympics, and maximise support for the British Sailing Team.

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Skandia Sail for Gold

2012 marks the seventh edition of Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. The inaugural event was held in 2006 when 264 boats from 22 nations competed in 13 classes.

The regatta is the penultimate event in the 2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup, the annual series of events for the Olympic and Paralympic classes. The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta annually draws elite sailors, including many Olympic and Paralympic medalists and World Champions, from across the globe. This year, the regatta is set to take on even greater significance, as the world’s best sailors battle it out for early supremacy on the 2012 Olympic waters

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RYA Passage to Portland

Participants on the RYA’s Sail for Gold ‘Passage to Portland’ enjoyed a thoroughly entertaining, informative and fun jubilee weekend down in Weymouth and Portland, taking in tours of the Olympic and Paralympic venue, meeting the Team GB sailors and making the most of the jubilee festivities.

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Some 30 boats and 100 visitors made the journey to Portland Marina over the long bank holiday weekend (02 – 05 June) for the event where they enjoyed a packed agenda that included parties, tours and talks, as well as taking in the action on out the water for day one of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta.

The weekend started with a truly delicious indoor BBQ (due to the good British weather) where participants had the chance to catch up with old friends and start making new ones.  Then on Saturday the guests got to enjoy a very informative and insightful tour of the Olympic sailing venue, with talks along the way from WPNSA’s John Tweed and the RYA’s Technical Manager Bas Edmonds.

From the tour there was an opportunity to enjoy the live broadcast of the Thames Jubilee Pageant, before what was for many the highlight of the weekend, the Street Party themed Jubilee party held in the grounds of magnificent Portland Castle.  As well as being greeted with a dazzling display of red, white and blue bunting and balloons participants had a unique opportunity to mingle and chat with not one, not two but the whole of the Olympic and Paralympic team and all the members of Skandia Team GBR.  This was a real opportunity to ask all those questions they’d all been dying to ask.

“The effort everyone has put in to their red, white and blue jubilee outfits has been amazing” commented Celia Edgington, Sail for Gold coordinator and event organiser.  “The party was just great fun, Dee Caffari did an amazing job as our host for the evening and I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

With possibly a few sore heads the next morning, there was the opportunity to get out on the water to view some of the day’s racing on the first day of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, with commentary from none other than double Olympic gold medallist Sarah Ayton.

To round off the weekend there was a final delicious hog roast where Skandia Sail for Gold event coordinator Tim Hall, who gave a very insightful talk about the regatta, how it works, competitors and his thoughts on the up-coming Games.

What the participants said:

“I really enjoyed the tour of the committee boat on the 49er course”

“The tour of the Olympic venue was fantastic and mixing with the Olympic sailors was a highlight for me”

“Having the opportunity to go out on the Boat Project’s ‘Collective Spirit’ was simply amazing”

“I’ve been impressed with the whole event, the organisation and everyone at the RYA. A big thank you”

Check out all the photos from the event on the RYA Facebook page

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RYA British Circuit Championship

This weekend (2/3 June) sees the RYA British Circuit Championship head to Carr Mill Dam in St Helens for the Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club Grand Prix.

Around 40 teams are expected to make the journey north for the second round in the 2012 RYA Championship battling it out in six different racing classes to become British Champions.

In the GT15 Class, Lancashire’s own youngster, Charlotte Newton who took Bronze in the 2011 UIM GT15 World Championships, will be looking to take advantage of racing on home water and putting the problems she had at the first round of the National championship at Oulton Broad over the May bank holiday behind her. But she will have her work cut out for her as a fleet of seven youngsters’ battle it out for the all-important championship points.

Also looking to get his championship back on track is local racer Malcolm Goodman. The reigning 2011 F2 British RYA Champion got his campaign off to a flying start at the first round of the championship dominating most of the weekend until the final race saw him suffer engine problems forcing him to retire from the race and have to settle for fourth overall. Malcolm will be out to prove that any gremlins are now behind him, and with large home crowds expected to line the shores at Carr Mill Dam there’s expected to be some fast and furious action on the water.

Meanwhile GT30 Championship leader Ben Morse of Ashton-In-Makerfield will be hoping that he’ll be able to extend his lead in the championship as he competes on his local circuit he’s been racing on for over nine years now.

Television presenter and motoring journalist Tiff Needell will be in attendance at the event as he presents a new television programme that is following the RYA British Circuit Powerboat Championship to be broadcast later in the season.

All the action on the water will commence on Saturday morning at 11am as the racers battle it out for the all-important pole positions during timed qualifying before heading into the weekends heats.

The event is free to public and offers some fast and furious on water action with a fantastic party atmosphere over the Jubilee weekend.

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Over 40 OnBoard sailors got a taste of the Olympic spirit on Tuesday (22 May) when they took to the water in Bristol Docks to play a special part in the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay.

The sailors enjoyed showcasing their sailing skills to thousands of people who had surrounded the Docks to see the Olympic Torch carried across the water by torchbearer Blair Hannan, future Paralympic hopeful.

The youngsters from Bristol schools including St Mary Redcliff, Temple City Academy and Knowle Primary School have all been learning to sail with the RYA’s OnBoard scheme at WESSA (West of England Schools Sailing Association).

“Being able to play a part in the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay really was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the youngsters” explained Leon Ward, OnBoard Development Officer for the South West.

“They also got to speak to Blaire before she took part in the Relay and it was great that she had the sailors supporting her out on the water as she carried the Olympic flame”.

Blaire who is making a bid for the 2016 Paralympics, was nominated by Bristol City Council to carry the torch because of her volunteering work with Bristol Sailability as well as her own sailing achievements.

“It feels pretty incredible to have been nominated as a Torchbearer. To be able to represent sailing and a Paralympic sport is a dream come true. I had absolutely no idea I had been nominated. It feels absolutely amazing” explained Blaire.

Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.

Over a ten year period OnBoard aims to introduce a minimum of 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting over 10% of them into regular participants. So far it’s nicely on track.

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