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The Royal Yachting Association is the master association for all sailing, windsurfing and boating in the UK. The RYA provides enormous resources to the sailing world, including legal help, training (inc. coaching our very successful Olympic Team), the Portsmouth handicap scheme & the racing rules (which we use) and loads more. WGCSC is affiliated to the RYA.
 
RYA East  http://www.ryaeast.org/new_site/home.shtml
The Royal Yachting Association Eastern Region
 
NSSA  http://www.nssa.org.uk/
The National School Sailing Association is a registered charity which promotes sailing as part of the educational experience of young people.
 
HYDRS  http://blym.org.uk/hydrs/index.php
The Hertfordshire Youth Dinghy Racing Squad began in 2001 to provide race coaching and experience to sailors under the age of 19.
 
ISAF  http://www.sailing.org/
International Sailing Federation. The international authority for the sport.
 
UKSA http://www.uksa.org/
The United Kingdom Sailing Academy is a registered charity and a non profit making organisation. It was set up with the specific aim of providing top quality seamanship and sailing training.
 
Sailability  http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/ryasailability/Pages/RYASailability.aspx
RYA Sailability is the leading UK charity for disabled sailing and is the official charity of the RYA.
 
Agencies
RNLI
  http://www.rnli.org.uk/
Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Volunteer crews funded by voluntary donations provide a 24-hour rescue service around the coast of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
 
Trinity House  http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/
Trinity House provides nearly 600 Aids to navigation ranging from storm lashed lighthouses like Bishop Rock off the Isles of Scilly to lightvessels and buoys in the English Channel.
 
Maritime & Coastguard Agency  http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/
Promotion of maritime safety and protection of the marine environment.
 
UK Hydrographic Office  http://www.ukho.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
Providing navigational services to the Royal Navy and the merchant marine.
 
Museums
National Maritime Museum  http://www.rmg.co.uk/
The Museum has the most important holdings in the world on the history of Britain at sea, including maritime art (both British and 17th-century Dutch), cartography, manuscripts including official public records, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, time-keeping and astronomy (based at the Observatory), and in many other categories.
 
National Maritime Museum Cornwall  http://www.nmmc.co.uk/
Unique displays of boats and their place in people's lives. Home to the majority of the NMM small-boat collection.
 
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard  http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/
Live and breathe our nation's naval heritage through three of the most important warships ever built - Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860.
 
Historic Dockyard Chatham  http://www.thedockyard.co.uk/
The Historic Dockyard Chatham contains 47 scheduled ancient moments and is the most complete dockyard from the age of sail in the world.
 
HMS Trincomalee  http://www.hms-trincomalee.co.uk/
HMS Trincomalee 1817 is berthed afloat at Hartlepool Historic Quay in North East England, where a major award-winning restoration and interpretation of the ship was completed in the early summer of 2001.
 
The Cutty Sark  http://www.cuttysark.org.uk/
Most famous of the elegant clipper ships, now restored and on display at Greenwich.
 
RSS Discovery  http://www.rrsdiscovery.com/index.php?pageID=129
Royal Research Ship Discovery. Exhibition and ship on display at Dundee.
 
HM Frigate Unicorn  http://www.frigateunicorn.org/
The World’s most original Wooden Warship”. His Majesty’s Frigate Unicorn, of 46 guns, was built in Chatham and launched in 1824. On display at Victoria Dock, Dundee.
 
Hints, tips and articles
Telltales  http://www.wb-sails.fi/news/95_11_Tellingtales/Tellingtales.html
How to read telltales. All you need to know from this Finnish sailmaker's site.
 
General sailing sites
UK Dinghy Racing
http://www.ukdinghyracing.com/
A comprehensive site listing clubs, classes, sailing tips, books, weather,, coaching, results and many other dinghy racing things.
 
Yachts and Yachting  http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/
Another very good site covering all aspects of sailing.
 
Apollo Duck  http://sailingdinghies.apolloduck.co.uk/
New and used sailing dinghies for sale.
 
Dinghy Shop  http://www.dinghyshop.co.uk/
The online site for buying and selling dinghies.
 
Boats and Outboards  http://www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/
Welcome to boatsandoutboards the site to buy and sell boats and outboards!
 
Information on race signals, starting sequences, running races, the international code flags, the new racing rules, the Beaufort wind scale,wind chill, heat index, links to clubs and also their AutoHoot product.
 
boatlaunch.co.uk  http://www.boatlaunch.co.uk/default.aspx
Information on marinas, slipway and tidal data.
Go Sail  http://www.go-sail.co.uk/
Site concerned with everything that sails.
 
Boat repair
Brett Dingwall
The complete boat repair service in GRP or wood. Close to M25 and M1. Telephone Radlett 01923 854670 or email BRETTDINGWALL@aol.com.
 
Noble Marine  https://www.noblemarine.co.uk/repairers.php3
Noble Marine Insurance repairers and suppliers database.