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RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021 supported by Gallagher


RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards

The annual RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award, supported by Gallagher, recognises the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK and promotes the hard work and dedication that goes into running a successful club.

The RYA Awards Panel have selected 10 finalists for 2021.

You have the chance to vote for the sailing club you think deserves to be RYA Club of the Year 2021.

  Find out more about each finalist and cast your vote

The 2021 finalists are:

  • 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  

Four of the finalists were also recognised for their particular achievements in the following areas:

  • Bolton Sailing Club- ‘Inclusive and Open to All’
  • Debdale Outdoor Activity Club- ‘Modern and Innovative’
  • Emsworth Sailing Club- ‘Sustainability’
  • Port Dinorwic Sailing Club / Clwb Hwylio Y Felinheli - ‘Heart of the Community’

‘Heart of the Community’ Recognition for a club who supports their local community. This could be through the efforts of the clubs volunteers, allowing use of the club facilities to provide a service for those in need or encouraging local community groups to get out on the water.

‘Modern and Innovative' Recognition for a club who makes a break from traditional ways of running a club or delivering boating activity. This could be delivering different formats of training or racing to engage with new participants, new membership models or embracing the use of modern communications.

‘Sustainability’ Recognition for a club that has embraced sustainability and demonstrably reduced its own and/or its members’ impact on the environment through education, action or improved facilities.

‘Inclusive and open to all’ Recognition for a club or project which has been impactful in developing participation amongst people with disabilities or from other under-represented or disadvantaged groups.

‘Boosting membership’ Recognition for a club that has delivered the most impactful participation project, the outcomes of which are, attracting and retaining new participants and growing their membership. *not  awarded this year due to the challenging environment all clubs were having to operate under.

The overall winner will be selected by RYA members, Yachts & Yachting readers and the panel.

The 2021 Club of the Year will be announced at the RYA Virtual Dinghy Show 2021 (details to be confirmed).

Voting closes midnight on 25th January 2021.  

Applications for Club of the Year 2022 will open in August 2021.

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