The RYA has officially begun the search for 2013’s most inspirational volunteers by opening nominations for the 2013 RYA Volunteer Awards.  

The awards which have been running for over years recognise the outstanding contributions made to our sport by volunteers throughout the UK.  

“The RYA Volunteer Awards honour people in our sport who week in, week out, often for a whole lifetime, give up their time to make their organisations successful” explains Stacey Clark, Chairman of the RYA.  

“These people are the backbone of our sailing clubs and these awards provide a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions, time and effort that these volunteers make to enable others to enjoy sailing and boating”.  

The RYA Volunteer Awards are divided into four categories; the RYA Awards, RYA Community Awards, Francis Elkin Award and new in 2012, the RYA Family Award.    

Award winners and their guests will be invited to a special presentation ceremony and luncheon in London in November.    

To find out more information about the awards and to make a nomination visit

Nominations must be from a RYA affiliated club, centre, association or region.