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1: The United Kingdom as a model training scheme

We are going to look at the Royal Yachting Association, the United Kingdomís national governing body for all forms of recreational and competitive boating, as a good example of a sailing training scheme which covers most aspects of the sport. To appreciate the scale of this operation bear in mind the fact that close to 200,000 people complete an RYA training courses at one of over 2,200 affiliated training centres each year. These RYA-recognised teaching establishments include dedicated sailing schools and yacht charter operators, sailing clubs, and holiday companies. Although most of the centres are in the UK, itís becoming increasingly popular to take a sailing course while on holiday abroad and RYA courses can be undertaken in 20 countries around the world.

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