state­ment from the rya

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‘The Royal Yacht­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (RYA) ac­knowl­edges the ini­tial find­ings of this com­plex and dif­fi­cult case. Our thoughts re­main with the fam­i­lies, friends and col­leagues of Andrew Bridge, Paul Goslin, James Male and Steve Warren. Whilst Cheeki Rafiki’s tragic pas­sage was not part of RYA train­ing ac­tiv­ity, the de­liv­ery was ar­ranged by an RYA-recog­nised train­ing centre.

‘In light of the court’s find­ings, the RYA has sus­pended recog­ni­tion of Storm­force Coach­ing as an RYA Train­ing Centre pend­ing re­fer­ral of the mat­ter to the Train­ing Com­mit­tee in line with nor­mal pro­ce­dure. Sub­se­quently, Storm­force Coach­ing man­age­ment has con­tacted the RYA and sur­ren­dered its RYA train­ing recog­ni­tion vol­un­tar­ily.

‘Dou­glas Innes has also been found guilty of breach­ing Sec­tion 100 of the Mer­chant Ship­ping Act. Ac­cord­ingly, the RYA has sus­pended all rel­e­vant in­struc­tor qual­i­fi­ca­tions held by Mr Innes with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, pend­ing re­fer­ral to the RYA Tri­bunal.

‘The RYA con­tin­ues to work con­stantly to en­sure that the high­est stan­dards are main­tained at all RYA-recog­nised train­ing cen­tres. Any­one with queries and con­cerns aris­ing from this state­ment should con­tact askRYA@rya.org.uk.’

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