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

Applications invited for RYA Club of the Year 2019

 Last year the RYA and Yachts & Yachting joined forces to 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.

Applications are now open for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards 2019 supported by Gallagher and this year there even more opportunities for your club to be part of it.


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For the first time the RYA Awards Panel will select a finalist for each of the 10 RYA regions as well as two ‘wild card’ entries (up to 12 in total).

During this shortlisting stage, the panel will provide five clubs with the following recognitions: which throw the spotlight firmly onto the core values for any successful sailing club.   

‘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 12 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 winner will be announced at the RYA Dinghy Show in March.

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Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 24 September 2018

2018 Winners

Nottinghamshire County Sailing Club have been named RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2018 at the RYA Dinghy Show, where the awards were presented by double Olympic medallist Saskia Clark.

Commodore Ross Ryan said: “It’s fabulous and we’re delighted! The hundreds of members who volunteer all year- it’s what it’s all about. The award included a public vote this year so we’re really grateful to the boating community who voted for us”.

2018 finalists:

Nottinghamshire County Sailing Club - Overall winners & winners of the Facilities Development

Dartmouth Yacht Club - winners of the Communications Award

London Corinthian Sailing Club - winners of the Increasing Participation Award

Whitefriars Sailing Club - winners of the Inclusivity Award

Marconi Sailing Club - winners of the Innovation Award

   Find out more about the 2018 Winner and Finalists.




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