The club had plenty to celebrate after an amazing recovery which started deep in flood water damage after Storm Desmond in 2015, and culminated in being honoured as the top RYA club in the country at the Dinghy Show in London in March this year.

After reopening as normal in March 2016, the club went on to win a series of awards and accolades. 

In July, the record-breaking Lord Birkett Memorial Trophy won Cumbria Tourism’s Event of the Year Award and in August, the club welcomed 1,000 visitors to its I am Team GB Day and took a record over 500 people on the water for sailing taster sessions. 

In November, long-standing member and current treasurer Rob Watson received an RYA Lifetime Achievement Award from the Princess Royal in London and club representatives were invited to the Cumbria Sports Awards where they were commended for the way the club had recovered from the 2015 floods.

The club received Yachts and Yachting Magazine’s Club of the Year 2017 Award at the London Boat Show in January and long-time member and Ullswater Sailing School Principal David Clarke received the national Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Award for his contribution to UYC. 

Then in March, representatives were at the Dinghy Show to be presented with the prestigious RYA Club of the Year 2017 Award.

At the celebration, Commodore Peter Lewis praised all the club volunteers who had worked so hard in so many ways over the past year to make it such a success. He also outlined the progress that had been made in the plans to build a new clubhouse on the site to replace the current building, but out of reach of floodwaters.