About the MYA
The Model Yachting Association (MYA) is an association of clubs dedicated to encouraging and promoting model yacht sailing in all its formats. It is the recognised National Organisation in this country.
The MYA is fortunate in having the patronage of HRH Prince Philip.
The MYA is affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association which, in the UK, is the National Authority of the world governing body for the sport of sailing (World Sailing). The MYA is also a national member of the International Radio Sailing Associations (IRSA) which makes representations to World Sailing.
The MYA works for the benefit of its clubs and affiliated members to the MYA within those clubs, by organising and running national events for the national and international recognised classes, management of the rules and technical issues of recognised classes within the overall international framework.
Organisation of the MYA
The MYA is managed by the elected Council of Officers who have ultimate responsibility for all governance of the sport within the UK.
To help with this the UK is broken down into 6 districts each with their own committee who are responsible developing the sport locally including organising district events for club members.
The MYA have recently introduced Class Captains whose remit is to develop and encourage greater participation of members within that class.
District representatives and Class Captains are included on the MYA Council.
Councillors, district and class representatives are always available to current and prospective clubs and their members to give advice.
Communication within the MYA
The MYA uses several methods to communicate with its affiliated clubs and members. Direct contact is achieved through the MYA Year Book and The Acquaint newsletter for affiliated members.
In line with current trends the MYA is moving more to the use of the website, electronic documents, forums and email communication at a club and personal level.
Contact details for Council members are contained within the MYA Yearbook and included on the website together with club information relating to local contacts, location of sailing water, sailing days etc.
History of the MYA
The MYA has a long and rich history in administering and developing the sport in this country.
It was founded at a meeting held in London on the 18th February 1911 and was originally called The Model Yacht Racing Association. It subsequently became the Model Yachting Association in 1923.
The Association celebrated its Centenary in 2011 by hosting the IOM World Championships at West Kirby (website HERE) which included a visit by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh during the event.
During its 100 year history it has seen a lot of changes in model yachting, but what was true in 1911 and is still true now is that if you get a group of skippers together they will eventually want to prove who has the fastest boat. The MYA has been at the forefront of creating the structure for this to happen.
Throughout its history the MYA has been one of the leading bodies in the world in the development and promotion of model yacht building and racing.