Listed below are a number of useful maritime links, accompanied with a brief introduction to each organisation/website.
RYA Scotland: www.ryascotland.org.uk
The Royal Yachting Association Scotland (RYA Scotland) has two distinct roles. Firstly they are a membership organisation charged with looking after the interests of individuals, clubs, training centres and affiliates of the RYA in Scotland. Secondly they are the recognised governing body for sailing in all it’s forms in Scotland.
RYA Northern Ireland: www.ryani.org.uk
The RYANI is the Governing Body for the sport of sailing and boating in Northern Ireland.
Irish Sailing Association: www.sailing.ie
The ISA is the National Governing Body for Sailing and Motorboating in Ireland.
The Green Blue: www.thegreenblue.org.uk
The Green Blue is the joint environment programme created by the British Marine Federation and Royal Yachting Association for anyone who enjoys getting out on the water or whose livelihood depends on it. We help boat users, boating businesses, sailing clubs and training centres to reduce their impact on coastal and inland waters.
Scottish Canals: www.scottishcanals.co.uk
The Scottish canals are a dynamic public asset making a proactive and proven contribution to the economic, environmental and social fabric of Scotland. This website provides detailed information on the canals operated by British Waterways Scotland.
Inland Waterways Ireland: www.iwai.ie
A voluntary organisation that advocates the use, maintenance, protection, restoration and improvement of the inland waterways of Ireland.
Loughs Agency: www.loughs-agency.org
The Loughs Agency is a cross-border body, exercising a statutory remit for conservation, protection and development across the Foyle and Carlingford catchments. Our objectives for these river systems and sea areas include development of fisheries and aquaculture, conservation and protection of inland fisheries and sustainable development of marine tourism.
Welcome Anchorages: www.welcomeanchoragesscotland.com
Welcome Anchorages is a guide to shore facilities for cruising yachts around the coasts of Scotland from the Mull of Galloway in the south west of Scotland to Peterhead in the north east, including the Orkney and Shetland Isles. The 2012 guide also includes information on Northern Ireland and North West Ireland.
Sail Scotland: www.sailscotland.co.uk
The one stop shop for information relating to recreational boating in Scotland. The website also includes a free downloadable guide containing infromation on facilities available in Scotland, Northern Ireland and North West Ireland.
Ocean Youth Trust Ireland: www.oyti.org
Youth Trust Ireland is a charity dedicated to giving young people from all walks of life a chance to experience sail training.
Ocean Youth Trust Scotland: www.oytscotland.org.uk
Ocean Youth Trust Scotland is a world leading youth work charity, delivering an annual programme of residential youthwork voyages aboard its fleet of sail training vessels.
Met Eireann: www.met.ie
Met Éireann is the Irish National Meteorological Service. Its mission is to monitor, analyse and predict Ireland’s weather and climate, and to provide a range of high quality meteorological and related information to its customers.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution: www.rnli.org.uk
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service.
British Marine Federation: www.britishmarine.co.uk
The home of the trade association for the leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry.
UK Met Office: www.metoffice.gov.uk
Met Office weather and climate change forecasts for the UK and worldwide.
Maritime & Coastguard Agency: www.dft.gov.uk/mca
The MCA is the UK agency working to prevent the loss of lives at sea and is responsible for implementing British & International maritime law and safety policy.
Go Visit Donegal: www.govisitdonegal.com
The Go Visit Donegal website has information such as things to do, places to stay and places to eat in Donegal.