Staunton Harold Sailing Club have been crowned RYA Club of the Year 2014.
The club, which has been a finalist three years in a row, received their award from the British Sailing Team’s Megan Pascoe and RYA CEO Sarah Treseder at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show today (Saturday 01 March).
At the eagerly awaited awards ceremony, Staunton Harold SC was picked as the overall winner from the five finalists including Brightlingsea Sailing Club, Horning Sailing Club, Sussex Yacht Club and Ulley Sailing Club.
These clubs were selected by an awards panel who judged them on the range of quality and safe activities they provide, how they encourage people to get out on the water and good governance and club management.
Staunton Harold has an enviable record of attracting people to, and keeping them, sailing. The club has generated a 50% increase in membership over the past three years, thanks to its friendly, welcoming ethos, range of RYA training courses, work with schools and the local community and significant programme of facilities investment, totalling £150,000 to date.
Meanwhile, those who sail at Staunton Harold have countless opportunities to improve their skills, take part in competitive racing and make the most of the club’s buzzing social scene.
Nick Waters, Staunton Harold Commodore said: “I’m struggling to find the right words, it’s a fantastic feeling. We have got this far for the past two years so winning and picking up the trophy is tremendous. I want to pay tribute to all the members at Staunton Harold who work so hard to make it such a good club.”
RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts said: “Over recent years Staunton Harold Sailing Club have focussed on developing both its facilities and the activities they offer. They continually revisit their club development plan, review their achievements and aspirations, and plan for the future. The club have worked hard to develop and maintain great links with their local community and ensure that everyone visiting the club receives a warm and friendly welcome".
Staunton Harold certainly won't be resting on their laurels in 2014. The club's RYA learn to sail courses start on Saturday 19 April for adults and Saturday 10 May for juniors. Meanwhile their Open Day, when anyone can go along and try sailing for free, takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 25 August.
For full details about everything going on at Staunton Harold SC this year visit www.shsc.org.uk