Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

RYA Volunteer Awards presented by HRH The Princess Royal

by Susie Nation-Grainger on 25 Nov 2011
Francis Elkin award winner - RYA Volunteer Awards 2011 RYA http://www.rya.org.uk
Britain's Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Volunteer Awards were held this week at the RYA's AGM. Forty eight volunteers from across the country were recognised for their outstanding dedication and achievements in boating when they were presented with the awards by HRH The Princess Royal.

The awards were presented to volunteers from as far afield as Hayling Island to Loch Tummel in a prestigious awards ceremony held at One Great George Street, London.

'From training and boat maintenance to establishing and developing clubs, the RYA Volunteer Awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions, time and experience that these individuals have made for others to enjoy sailing and boating' explains RYA Sport Development Manager Jon White.

The RYA Volunteer Awards were divided into three categories; the RYA Awards, RYA Community Awards and the Francis Elkin award.

RYA Awards were presented to Chris Basten, Phillip Chorley, David Darling, Chris Edwards and joint winners Nina and George Sawyer, recognising their individual commitment and service to boating and the RYA.

The community awards, consisting of Lifetime Commitment, Outstanding Contribution and Youth, were presented to winners nominated by their sailing clubs and selected by the RYA Awards panel. HRH The Princess Royal presented a total of 29 Lifetime Commitment, 10 Outstanding Contribution awards and three Youth awards.

In the Youth category, recognising voluntary work carried out by young people, winner Robin Jones from the Lincoln and District Sailing Association, commented: 'I never expected to be given an award. I really like volunteering so it’s a really nice thing to happen. There are so many different skills you learn, you meet loads of lovely people and teaching people to sail is an extremely satisfying thing to do.'

Robin claimed his award having supported his club in delivering sailing sessions to children from local schools and giving up his spare time to take youngsters sailing, helping out with regattas and acting as safety crew all at a moment’s notice.

HRH The Princess Royal also presented the Francis Elkin Award to Hugh de Las Casas who’s work and dedication to the Woolverstone Project provides sailing opportunities and tuition for those with disabilities.

Hugh has not only invested his time instructing but has also become the project’s primary fundraiser successfully accessing funding which has helped the project to continue with its work. He has also introduced a very successful, structured youth training programme at Aldeburgh Yacht Club, increasing the number of young people taking part in courses at the club.
Hugh said: 'Yesterday’s award ceremony was a splendid occasion. Her Royal Highness mentioned in her speech the importance of passing skills on from generation to generation. I thought it significant that among the award winners was a coach who had assessed me for my Senior Instructor qualification and a young man in the under 25 category who I had taught to sail and is now teaching others. All of us have, at some time, contributed to sailing for people with disabilities.'

All the winners enjoyed a celebratory lunch and were presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate by HRH, The Princess Royal.

Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive concluded: 'The RYA is delighted to present these RYA Volunteer Awards in recognition of the enthusiasm, promotion of our sport and many years’ of dedication that all 48 winners have provided. They are an inspiration to us all and it is my pleasure to recognise and celebrate their sheer hard work and commitment through these awards.' (To watch video footage of the event click here).
upffront 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht DesignWildwind 2016 660x82

Related Articles

2016 Star Sailors League Finals – Count down to Nassau
The reigning Star World Champion, Miami's Augie Diaz (USA) will be competing in Nassau but is yet to announce his crew. As always the top 12 skippers in the SSL Ranking for the year are invited to challenge and join 13 VIPs sailors selected for the successes achieved in their sailing career.
Posted on 22 Sep
Southern Spars en route to Monaco – Stand QSE2
It’s been another big year for the NZ based company, there's lots of exciting things to talk about the Monaco Yacht Show It’s been another big year for the New Zealand based company, giving us lots of exciting things to talk about at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show like our two big projects Adix and Aquijo. Adix, the three-masted 65-metre Dykstra schooner, has been transformed by a rig refit by Southern Spars and Future Fibres.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - Ken Read reflects on the recent World Series - Toulon
Commentator Ken Read on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. North Sails President, Ken Read, doubles as a live commentator for the official TV feed from the America's Cup World Series. Here's his thoughts, from his blog on the North Sails website on the recently completed round of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series in Toulon, France. Read also looks ahead to the final round of the America's Cup World Series is Fukuoka, Japan and the strategies
Posted on 22 Sep
North Sails pays tribute to former owner Terry Kohler
Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come The North Sails Group is deeply saddened by the passing of Terry Kohler, owner of North Sails from 1984-2014. North Sails and all of its employees around the world would like to pass their condolences to the family Terry leaves behind, especially his wife Mary. Terry Kohler’s vision, leadership, and generosity will be felt within North Sails, and the sport for many years to come.
Posted on 22 Sep
America's Cup - CNN Mainsail goes inside the teams in Bermuda and UK
CNN goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes Double Olympic Gold medallist and presenter of the outstanding CNN Mainsail series, Shirley Robertson, goes inside four of the America's Cup teams in Bermuda and Portsmouth, UK for an insight into the design processes and angles being pursued by the teams. Then she goes on the water and sees the design teams and sailing teams working together.
Posted on 20 Sep
WIM Series moves on to the US
Next week will see the WIM Series midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA. Next week will see the Women’s International Match Racing Series (WIM Series) midway event, the Buddy Melges Challenge in Sheboygan, USA.
Posted on 19 Sep
52fter Worlds - Another level of excellence
Quantum Racing kept up their amazingly high level of consistency to extend their overall lead to 13 points From a difficult, and at times confusing second day of racing at the 52 World Championship 2016 on the beautiful waters off Menorca, Quantum Racing kept up their amazingly high level of consistency to extend their overall lead to 13 points at the top of the high calibre 12-boat fleet.
Posted on 16 Sep
New Sailing World Cup strategy snub to Southern Hemisphere
Australian Sailing expressed its disappointment in elements of World Sailing’s new strategy/format for Sailing World Cup Australian Sailing has expressed its disappointment in elements of World Sailing’s new strategy and format for the Sailing World Cup released earlier this week.
Posted on 16 Sep
2016 Rolex Big Boat Series begins tomorrow
A record fleet of 127 boats has registered for the 52nd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series. A record fleet of 127 boats has registered for the 52nd edition of the Rolex Big Boat Series. The regatta begins tomorrow and is hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay.
Posted on 15 Sep
Gladwell's Line - Cup Decision all but officially confirmed
At least four unconnected international sources have confirmed to Sail-World that our story is correct Since we published the updated editorial commentary on the Arbitration Panel Decision on the now no more Auckland Qualifier Series for the 2017 America's Cup, at least four unconnected international sources have confirmed to Sail-World that our story is correct, and the Decision has indeed gone the way of the Kiwis.
Posted on 13 Sep