Leisure and Recreation - General boating areas - RYA UK Coastal Atlas of Recreational Boating - September 2019
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These polygons provide a complete picture of recreational boating activity in UK waters. These polygons utilise information from clubs and other sources, as well as racing information from RYA's previous dataset. These data aim to reduce gaps in data coverage where AIS data are limited, and provide more detail of activity in inshore and estuarine regions in particular.
In 2015, relevant charts were sent out to all RYA clubs in the UK, asking them to provide spatial information as to their boating activity. Data gained included racing and training areas. Of the 604 clubs asked, responses were received from 201 groups. The charts were georeferenced using control points from each corner and the club information digitised by Fugro EMU Ltd, then clipped to the coastline.
Racing and training areas provided by clubs during the survey were then amalgamated with racing areas from previous datasets and all the areas dissolved to create a polygon layer of general boating areas. The general sailing areas from previous versions of the dataset were excluded as they are replicated and improved on, by the new AIS data.
Used under licence from RYA UK Coastal Atlas of Recreational Boating September 2019
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