THE GOVERNING BODY DIRECTOR
Alistair Dixon is the Director of Sport Development at the RYA
The new generation of sailors might be more fun-focused to begin with in the sport, and be less concerned about qualifications, so instructors need to realise this and teach to accommodate it. Hassle-free and pay-and-play memberships incorporating other watersports are another area where we think clubs can deliver value.
When it comes to boat purchase we have to look further afield to see emerging market trends. In France, yachts are listed at shows on a monthly hire-purchase or lease price, not the full price. People expect that now as it makes life easier for them, so things will probably change in that respect as well. We have put together a steering group to look at all the different aspects of how we can adapt to what is a new reality, uphold standards of the RYA and take a leading role going forward.