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RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 

2018 Finalists Announced

Voting is now open for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award 2018 which recognises and promotes the outstanding achievements of sailing clubs across the UK.

Nominations were received from affiliated clubs up and down the country across five categories which throw the spotlight firmly onto the core values for any successful sailing club.   

The 2018 finalists and winners of each category are:    

  • Dartmouth Yacht Club - Communication 
  • London Corinthian Sailing Club - Increasing Participation 
  • Marconi Sailing Club - Innovation
  • Nottinghamshire County Sailing Club – Facility Development
  • Whitefriars Sailing Club - Inclusivity     

For the first time ever you now have the chance to vote for the sailing club who you think deserves to be named Club of the Year 2018. To find out more about the finalists and to cast your vote visit 

Voting closes on the 20th February 2018.

Finalists are invited to the presentation of the Awards which take place at the RYA Dinghy Show on the 3rd of March (4 p.m. on the main stage) when overall winner will be revealed.      

This year the Panel also decided to award four clubs with Certificates of Commendation, as they have done outstanding work but narrowly missed out on being selected as Finalists.  These clubs are also invited to the Dinghy Show to receive their certificate. 

  •  Carrickfergus Sailing Club 
  •  Rudyard Lake Sailing Club 
  •  Rye Harbour Sailing Club 
  •  Skye Sailing Club  

Club of the Year Guidelines & Categories 

RYA Club of the Year 2017

Beating off stiff competition, Ullswater Yacht Club  were selected as the overall winner by the RYA Awards Panel and were specifically recognised for their efforts in increasing participation. Having started 2016 deep in flood water, the club members rallied together making a huge effort to get up and running for the start of the season.

Successful marketing and publicity made sure the club was more visible than ever, attracting new members and novice sailors to a taster sessions, sailing courses and children’s summer clubs and activities. Ullswater YC also ran an ‘I am Team GB’ event which saw over 1000 people get out on the water.

David Clarke, Ullswater YC said: “It’s just fantastic. All the work that our volunteers have done from the club house being built, to the taster sessions and so many visitors at the ‘I am Team GB’ event-this is the icing on the cake!”

Find out more about past winners and finalists.

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