Yachting Monthly - - INVESTIGATION -

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.

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