RYA Scotland has taken on board the responsibility for representing inland boaters since the Scottish Inland Waterways Association (SIWA) decided to discontinue operations. SIWA's primary aim was to see the Lowland canals re-opened, a goal that has been successfully achieved.
The new RYA Scotland Inland Waters Sub-committee will cover the interests of all who use Scotland's canals, inland lochs, and navigable rivers. It will work to further the interests of the sailors, power boaters, windsurfers, and jet skiers who use Scotland's fresh water assets and looks forward to helping individuals, clubs, and training establishments develop their activities, and tackle problems that might arise.
The new sub-committee was announced at the RYA Scotland AGM in March, which prompted positive responses from several clubs.
The new committee will operate as a sub-committee of RYA Scotland's Cruising and General Purposes Committee, and is Chaired by Gordon Daly, a retired Forth pilot with a lifelong interest in all kinds of sailing and boating. Gordon is a Director of the Seagull Trust and Chairman of its Boats Committee, and keeps a canal boat at Falkirk and a Flying Fifteen at Kippford. He can be contacted through the RYA Scotland office on 0131 317 7388. (www.ryascotland.org.uk)