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RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021 revealed

by Susie Nation-Grainger 27 Feb 11:05 PST 27-28 February 2021
Club of the Year © RYA

Port Dinorwic Sailing Club / Clwb Hwylio Y Felinheli have been crowned RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021 supported by Gallagher, at the virtual RYA Dinghy Show (27th February 2021).

The annual award recognises the outstanding achievement of clubs across the UK.

The North Wales club were one of 10 regional finalists selected by the RYA Awards panel and were ultimately crowned overall winner following a public vote. The coveted trophy was presented by Dinghy Show host, professional sailor Hannah Diamond and RYA CEO Sarah Treseder.

Port Dinorwic SC / Clwb Hwylio Y Felinheli were recognised for being at the 'heart of the community' for their innovation and efforts to ensure activities could continue to run safely once lockdown restrictions eased.

When many of their members were unable to get out on the water, the club's ingenious online activities including training and eSailing continued to keep them entertained and engaged. Their social media campaign attracted new members from the local area, boosting their membership, and they also invested in a beach winch, allowing sailors to pull their boats up the beach while remaining socially distanced.

Commodore Noel Bristow said: "Wow! I'm blown away! On behalf of all our members, who I know will be delighted, I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has voted. We were really proud to be recognised in the 'Heart of the Community' category and now to be named RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year is- it's fantastic! Thank you to everyone who voted and RYA Cymru Wales for all your support".

During the virtual awards ceremony British Sailing Team athlete Kirsty Urwin congratulated all the finalists: "This year more than any other has provided clubs with challenges but has also proven what can be achieved under these testing circumstances. It has been a pleasure to hear everything that has been achieved".

RYA Director of Sport Development Rob Clark said: "A huge congratulations to Port Dinorwic Sailing Club and all their volunteers. Whilst this has been an extremely challenging year for all sports organisations, Port Dinorwic SC's hard work, commitment to their members and innovation is what made them stand out to the judges. Congratulations to all of our inspirational finalists."

2021 Finalists:

  • Bolton Sailing Club
  • Chelmarsh Sailing Club
  • Debdale Outdoor Activity Club
  • Emsworth Sailing Club
  • Guernsey Yacht Club
  • Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club
  • Port Dinorwic Sailing Club / Clwb Hwylio Y Felinheli
  • Prestwick Sailing Club
  • Ripon Sailing Club
  • Strangford Sailing Club

Special commendations were also awarded to Cowes Sailability for their work connecting with isolated members and Llandudno Sailing Club for becoming an integral part of the one of the North Wales field hospitals whilst enabling members to return to boating as quickly as possible.

Thank you to Gallagher for once again supporting the award, Moors Brothers for donating the trophy and to RS Sailing for donating a fantastic prize for the winning club.

For more information about the award, how to get involved and this year's finalists visit rya.org.uk/cluboftheyear

Love Dinghy Sailing? Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding boating. Join today and support the RYA in protecting your boating rights and freedoms. Take advantage of free advice and support on all aspects of your boating, as well as enjoying a range of fantastic personal member offers. Find out more by calling 02380 604 159, email or visit rya.org.uk

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