Rival Yachts: Rival Owners Association

The ASSOCIATION provides help and encouragement to all owners, whether in their home waters or undertaking long distance cruises. It also provides a forum for discussion about alterations to existing boats and advice regarding completion of hulls. 

The Association is affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association and the Bristol Channel Yachting Association.

This web site  contains articles on cruises and technical subjects submitted by members.  Membership of the association also gives access to the original drawings and specifications.

New MAIB Safety Bulletin - failure of safety tether during Clipper Round the World Race https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5a535cfe40f0b648c72358ff/SB1_2018.pdf

RYA link regarding fitting of compliant CARBON MONOXIDE monitoring devices -  https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/safe-boating/look-after-yourself/Pages/carbon-monoxide.aspx 

50 th Anniversary of the launch of the first Rival

Rival 31

The First Rival 31 just out of the mould

'The first set of mouldings was ready for fitting out by the late autumn.  By then Southern Boatbuilding were fully occupied with fitting out the prototype boat for Marine Construction to show at the Boat Show in London, so another firm was sought and found for this work.  By the time they got the mouldings they, too, were fully loaded with other contracts and I began to think my luck was running out.  There followed a frantic rush round other builders.  Someone else was found to fit out the first boat and she was commissioned at Easter 1968, just 12 months after the sailing trials on the model.'

This year sees the 50th Anniversary of the launch of the first Rival 31 and the birth of the Rival marque.  There will be the opportunity to participate in a number of events including a Round Rockall Rally in July and a dinner and rally in the central Solent in early September. Further details of these and regional events can be found in the Events section of the website. 


Join us today

To find out more about how you can benefit from ROA membership click here.
Alternatively contact us.

ROA Facebook page

The purpose of this Facebook group is to provide another place for owners and lovers of Rival yachts to discuss sailing and cruising wherever they may be, for new or prospective owners of Rival yachts to get help and advice from the old salts; for general conversations about cruising destinations, our boats, our cruising goals, and life in general as it relates to cruising, sailing. upgrading and generally maintaining Rival yachts. This will also provide a place to contact local owners and perhaps arrange informal meets at local anchorages or marinas. This is a closed group and all posts will be approved before posting to reduce the likelihood of any spurious posts or spam links. Please introduce yourself to the group, where you sail/cruise etc.

*NEW* Index for Forum

Charles McGrory has created this excellent index for forum entries to help  find subjects of interest to us posted by other members here



Commets directly to Charles please at rivalsapphire@outlook.com

For sale

Members can add items from yachts to fenders and everything in between. If you have an item for sale, please list it here. 


ROA members discussion boards ranging from technical questions and answers to general discussions on anything Rival related.