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    Royal Naval Sailing Association

Registered Charity No 1183562
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About us

Founded in 1935, the RNSA is a Service Sports Association and charity that delivers the sport of sailing and associated activities for the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and their associated reserve forces.

The RNSA operates across the UK and aims to get Service men and women of all sailing abilities actively engaged in our sport. We passionately believe sailing is an ideal vehicle for improving personal skills and military efficiency. We organise our sailing into the core disciplines of yachting (both racing and cruising), dinghy sailing and windsurfing and have a fantastic active sailing and social programme.

In January 2020 RNSA was recognised as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (Charity No 1183562).

Supporting the Royal Navy

Learn more about the exciting oppurtunities in the Royal Navy and the role that sailing plays in promoting esprit de corps.

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RNSA - The Charity

RNSA is a charity whose mission is to improve health and physical fitness of serving personnel through the sport of sailing.

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The Charity

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In January 2020 RNSA was recognised as a Charitable Incorporated organisation

We are reliant on non-public funding and have some 5000 members who support the charity through their subscriptions and time. This amazing membership base forms the foundation of our success, which along with some brilliant volunteer engagement is essential to our ability to deliver the sport of sailing for the Royal Navy.

The strong support of the Naval charities and our other partners is also fundamental to enabling us to deliver against our charitable endeavour.

Our mission and charitable object:

The provision of facilities
and activities

For the sport of sailing to improve health and physical fitness and to promote esprit de corps of serving personnel

Interested in Partnering

Contact the CEO who would be delighted to discuss ways in which you could help.

Donating to the Charity

If you are interested in donating, legacy giving or other financial support please get in touch with the office team.

As a registered charity and Service Sports Association, RNSA will aim to meet its charitable objects by relevant activities including:

Encouraging competitive and non-competitive sailing

Throughout the Royal Navy and across all skill levels

Organising events and opportunities

To take part in all forms of competitive and non-competitive sailing, including the provision of training, coaching, examining, advice and information that assists members to gain internationally recognised qualifications and sail anywhere in the world.

Providing services, assets and facilities

Including suitable craft and moorings, making appropriate charges for optional services and facilities. This includes support to regional Sailing and Water Sports Activity Centres.

Encouraging and promoting liaison

Btween members of the Association and members of other yacht clubs and sailing associations at home and abroad.

Coordinating racing throughout the Service

Aiming for the highest possible standards of Service sailing in competitive events at all levels from local club to international representation.

Act as a focus for sailing within the Royal Navy

including providing advice on suitable craft for use by the Services for naval training, adventurous sail training, competition and recreation.

Join the RNSA

RNSA membership offers a unique and exciting opportunity to support our Service men and women through the sport of sailing.

As a charity, our focus and all financial spend is, of course, aligned with this charitable Object. We are not government funded and are completely reliant on the support of members, grants, donations and other charitable support. So, any support is genuinely welcomed and will be used to optimum affect.

All levels of experience welcome. If you have not sailed before, no problem – just get in touch.

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RNSA Membership Benefits


  • Go sailing
    Offshore, Dinghy and Windsurfing – all levels of ability welcome. We are particularly keen to encourage complete novices to try sailing. There really is something for everyone.
  • Personal development
    Great opportunities to develop teamwork, improve fitness, learn new skills and have fun. Access to Water Sports Activity Centres / RN Sailing Centres.
  • Reward success
    Prizes, RN Colours, RN Sports awards.
  • RYA accredited training pathways
    For both beginners and experienced sailors.
  • Provision of dinghies to support development
    For charter to individual campaigners on a pathway to higher performance.
  • Financial, logistic and practical support
    For approved sailing events including, regattas, training camps and overseas tours.
  • Social
    Be part of a great sport focused community with a strong history and an exciting future.

Active Supporters:

  • Support Service Sailing
    Through your subscription know that you are supporting our service men and women and their ability to deliver for the Naval Service.
  • Volunteers
    Enjoy the opportunity of sharing expertise and skills to help develop those of others.
  • Shared Royal Naval ethos and values
    With 85 years of history and shared Naval sailing heritage.
  • Welcome visitor at sailing clubs worldwide
    Being a member of one of the best-known sailing associations there is, with helpful contacts in many harbours across the globe.
  • Journal
    Annual publication containing activity reports from beneficiaries, active supporters and donators, details of future events, opportunities on offer through the regional Branches, other useful information and updates on members’ discounts.
  • Blue Ensign
    Ability to wear an un-defaced Blue Ensign on vessels over 7m, subject to a successful application of a permit and a small additional fee.
  • Social
    Join an active community of Naval sailing enthusiasts and enjoy a busy RNSA and local Branch programme, annual meetings and receptions, prize-giving events to celebrate success on the water. Be part of a strong link with the Naval Service and enjoy access to plenty of sailing related advice!
  • Discounts
    Various offers available exclusively for RNSA members with details on the website and in the online ‘Member’s Only’ shop.
  • RYA Courses
    Preferential access to RYA on-line training courses.
  • Moorings
    Great value permanent and visitor moorings available around the country – subject to availability and for an additional fee. Details on the moorings’ section of the RNSA website.

RNSA Membership Types

The following personnel may apply for Military Membership of the RNSA:

Annual cost of Military Membership £40 - joining fee £40

  1. Army and RAF personnel who expect to or have served for a minimum of 6 months in an assignment with the RN or RM.
  2. Members of the other services who have formed part of a Joint Service crew in a Trans-Ocean race, or expedition.
  3. Civilians, including Civil Servants, who are employed in a post with direct attachment to naval organisations listed above can join after a 6-month qualifying period in post.

Applications to join must be received within 6 months of individuals completing their qualifying Assignment/Event. Members admitted in these categories will remain eligible to continue membership unless they allow their membership to lapse when they will not be entitled to re-join.

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Personnel who do not qualify for Naval or Military Membership as defined above may apply for Associate Membership as follows:

Annual cost of Associate Membership £40 - joining fee £40

  1. The Executive Committee may award Associate Membership to individual members of the Army Sailing Association, RAF Sailing Association or Civil Service Sailing Association, who do not meet the criteria for Naval or Military membership.
  2. Exceptionally, Associate Membership may be offered to an individual who is not a member of a Service Sailing Association if they have or will provide significant support to RNSA.
  3. Members of the Maritime Reserves who are not liable for active service (e.g. DTUS and URNU).
  4. Service Dependents (see Family Membership below).
  5. On the death of a member the spouse/partner will be offered Associate Membership.

Associate members will enjoy the same benefits as the other categories of membership, although will be entitled to fly the appropriate RNSA burgee for their membership category.

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Temporary Members:

Temporary Members can participate in up to 3 on-the-water single day taster sessions or other similar RNSA activities designed to reach out to grassroots and encourage membership / meet RNSA’s charitable Object.

Personnel must be serving to be eligible for this category of membership.

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Family Members:

Annual cost of Family Membership £63 - no joining fee for serving Naval Personnel, £40 joining fee for others.

Members may elect to include their immediate family members in their membership as Associate Members. Eligibility for family membership applies to spouses / civil partners and offspring* up to eighteen years of age or up to twenty-five years of age if in full time education.

Family membership will incur a small increase in the membership subscription.

*Offspring includes adopted and stepchildren but does not extend to grandchildren.

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Contact us

If you wish to support the RNSA’s charitable work to enhance the operational capability of our Naval men and women through membership, grants, sponsorship, volunteering, partnering or helping in any other way, the then please get in touch with Phil, our chief executive. Thank you.

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Philip Warwick

Chief Executive Officer
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Heather Tarr

Deputy CEO
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Deborah Whalley

Membership Secretary
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Fastnet start today - good luck team RNSA

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Royal Navy wins Services Offshore Regatta

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RNSA wins the RYS Commodore's Invitational Regatta

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Round the Island Race

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Women's Open Keelboat Championships

Great weekend for the RNSA women's team as they raced Jolly Jack Tar in the WOKC. Strong performance and they also used the regatta to partner with the mental health charity, All Call Signs. BZ.


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RNSA's windsurfers back out competing. Why not join them?

UKWA Slalom Championship - Round 1, Weymouth 22/23 May 21. Plenty of wind, rain, determination, spirit and plenty of smiles all round.


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'Cutlass' ready for sailing. Free RNSA 2021 membership for serving RN personnel.

Interested in sailing in our new yacht? No experience required. Free 2021 membership of RNSA for serving RN personnel and Maritime Reserves if you join by end of July.


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'Cutlass' formally 'commissioned' on 20 May. More opportunities to go sailing!

Great ceremony to welcome our new Corby 29 'Cutlass' to RNSA's fleet. Delighted to be joined by Oscar Mead from TeamO, who will be partnering with us as we look to get more sailors sailing.


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