RYA announces collaboration with Chinese Yachting Association

The RYA has announced a new collaboration with the Chinese Yachting Association (CYA), in continued support of the development of sailing in China.

The two national governing bodies have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to increase the availability of RYA training. Through the establishment of RYA training centres in China, it is hoped the RYA can support centres, clubs and instructors to develop the sport and increase participation.

In recent years, the RYA has worked closely with a number of partners in China to develop the provision of RYA training courses. Following a successful pilot, there are now six recognised training centres, all delivering RYA dinghy training in Mandarin – a major milestone for the RYA, which to date has only ever delivered its training courses in English.

Over 80 Chinese RYA Instructors are now qualified in Mandarin course delivery and this number continues to grow. As well as opportunities for Chinese sailors, the new training centres will also provide job opportunities for RYA qualified instructors to work abroad.

RYA Chief Instructor of Dinghy and Windsurfing, Amanda Van Santen, attended the ceremonial signing of the MOU on Saturday 16th November at the CYA Annual General Meeting in Haikou.

CYA Vice General-Secretary, Danqing Fu, says: “The CYA is dedicated to increasing the accessibility of training in order to promote the sport of sailing, in a safe and more standardised way. RYA training is known as the very highest standard, and we are pleased to be working together to boost the development of the Chinese sailing industry and to popularise sailing among the youth and masses in China.”

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