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


Applications invited for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards 2020

RYA and Yachts & Yachting will again this year recognise the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK through the Club of the Year Awards. This annual award recognises and promotes the hard work which goes into making sailing clubs successful. In doing so, we are able to encourage, reward, learn from and share examples of best practice within our sailing community.

 The RYA Awards Panel will select a finalist for each of the 10 RYA Regions and Home Countries as well as two ‘wild card’ entries (up to 12 in total).

During this shortlisting stage, the panel will provide five clubs with recognition for the particular achievements in the following areas:

‘Innovative and forward thinking’ – a recognition for a club who makes a break from traditional ways of running a club or delivering boating activity. This could be delivering activities at different times of the week, day or year, or organising different formats of training or racing to engage with new participants, etc.;

‘Inclusive and open to all’ – a 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;

‘Fantastic facilities’ – a recognition for a club who has undertaken facility developments and has been creative and resourceful in the design, minimised environmental impact, and/or shown innovation in securing funding and provision of club facilities

‘Boosting membership’ – a 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;

‘Embracing modern communications’ – a recognition for a club that has embraced the use of modern communications, e.g. social media platforms or who have been proactive and forward thinking in their communications and marketing using websites, local press, radio etc. 

All finalist clubs will then go through to a public vote, with the overall winner selected by RYA members, Yachts & Yachting readers and the panel. The 2020 Club of the Year will be announced at the RYA Dinghy Show.


Further information and guidelines can be found here

To enter your club please complete an application form.

Club applications close 5pm Friday 20 September 2019.


Last years finalist can be found here.

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