The CYA (Canadian Yachting Association) have recently a new version of their website. The new website can be found at: www.sailing.ca
According to CYA President, Fiona Kidd: "The new site is the product of the efforts of a team of CYA staff and volunteers. For the past several months, they have been gathering information, planning, designing, and writing. We are very proud of the results of their efforts. Our hope is that the site will place useful boating and sailing information at the fingertips of our members and the boating public."
Adds Marianne Davis, CYA's Executive Director: "The site is also designed to provide step-by-step access for newcomers to our sport."
When we asked our members and other Canadian sailors and boaters what features they would most value in the CYA website, here's how you responded:
· marine weather available from the home page
· sharp digital images to accompany news items
· tips on how to get started in our sport
· links to topics of interest directly from the home page
· more information on CYA courses, including SPARK START (Pleasure Craft Operator Card)
· facts about CYA programs for youth, women, and sailors with disabilities
· searchable member listings (clubs, sailing schools, camps, instructors)
· photo library
· discussion boards
· more straightforward navigation paths
The major purposes of the CYA web site are:
· To promote sailing and boating to a broad audience
· To encourage participation in our sport by providing information on how to get started and how to stay involved
· To act as the premier Canadian source for sailing and boating information and news
· To provide information on CYA programs and services, including downloadable documents where appropriate
· To use Internet applications to improve customer service
The French language version of the CYA site mirrors the English in every way. The content of the French pages is being developed and will be launched in the near future.
The new website certainly looks like it is worth checking out for yourself.