Insurance broker and risk management firm Gallagher has agreed a new extensive partnership with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to provide tailored cover to affiliated sailing clubs, recognised training centres and affiliated organisations, across the UK.

Gallagher has had a long-standing relationship with the RYA spanning over 40 years and during that time has delivered insurance solutions to 85% of its affiliated clubs and over 400 of its recognised training centres. The insurance services provided by Gallagher are bespoke to fit the specific requirements of clubs, from property to boat insurance.

This long-term partnership has seen the RYA network and clubs being supported by Gallagher’s dedicated team of marine specialists who have delivered boat and commercial insurance products to clients, with a combined experience in excess of 120 years’ operating in the sector.

Globally the RYA has a network of more than 2,400 training centres across over 58 countries and more than 1,500 affiliated clubs. It is the national governing body for motor and sail cruising, sail racing, sports boats and personal watercraft and is a leading representative body for inland waterways cruising.

As part of the partnership, which has been agreed for a further five years, Gallagher will offer insurance products to RYA affiliated clubs, recognised training centres and affiliated organisations. This will see Gallagher continuing to deliver standard commercial insurance cover to policyholders, which includes buildings, contents, business interruption, boats and equipment to provide essential protection for clubs and training centres.

On top of this, Gallagher will broaden its insurance offering to include additional products that clients may need, depending on their individual circumstances, such as commercial legal expenses, management liability, cyber and motor insurance. As well as providing tailored insurance services, Gallagher will continue to act as an official sponsor and supporter of RYA by supporting its events, conferences and other initiatives.

Ben Bennett, Royal Yachting Association Account Manager at Gallagher, said: “We are delighted to renew our partnership with the RYA and continue our long-standing relationship with its affiliated clubs, recognised training centres and other affiliated organisations.

“The opportunity to continue to deliver a tailored combined insurance offering, is very exciting and we look forward to further developing our relationship with the RYA’s and its’ member network in the coming years in our capacity as official sponsor and supporter.”

Dave Strain, Finance Director at the Royal Yachting Association, said: "We are really pleased to be continuing our partnership with Gallagher and its support over more than 40 years has proved invaluable.

“Team’s insight and support has helped us provide bespoke insurance solutions for our network of clubs and training centres whilst providing a real benefit to our affiliates. The peace of mind this provides along with the specialist advice available helps the RYA build a connected, inspired and inclusive sailing and boating community.”

About the RYA

  • The RYA is the national governing body for dinghy, motor and sail cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing, personal watercraft, and a leading representative body for inland waterways cruising.
  • The RYA has more than 100,000 personal members and 1,500 affiliated clubs and classes. Around 300,000 people are members of sailing clubs in the UK.
  • It also sets and maintains an international standard for recreational boat training through a network of RYA-recognised training centres, world-class courses and educational material. Each year around 270,000 people worldwide take an RYA training course.

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