Get set to cast your vote for the RYA Club of the Year 2023 Award

Recognising and celebrating the hard work that goes into making the UK’s sailing clubs so successful
24 Nov 22

wide shot of sailing boats on lake

Recognising the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK, the award highlights the hard work and dedication that goes into running a successful club.

Public voting opens on Thursday, 1 December and closes on Monday, 23 January 2023. More information on how to cast your vote will be announced in the coming week! 

2023 Finalists

  • Ballyholme Yacht Club - Northern Ireland
  • Bassenthwaite Sailing Club - North West
  • Blackwater Sailing Club - East
  • County Antrim Yacht Club - Northern Ireland
  • Gresford Sailing Club - Wales
  • JOG Yacht Racing - South
  • King George Sailing Club - London and South East
  • London Corinthian Sailing Club - London and South East
  • Lymington Town Sailing Club - South
  • Otley Sailing Club - North East
  • Rudyard Lake Sailing Club - Midlands
  • Whitefriars Sailing Club - South West

This year the panel has also awarded Pennine Sailing Club and Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club with a Certificate of Commendation. Pennine Sailing Club for their environmental work and Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club for turning the club’s fortunes around and increasing its membership fivefold over three years.

The prestigious awards will be presented, and the overall winner announced, during the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show at Farnborough International Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 25 February 2023 - so don't forget to grab your ticket to join us for the award celebrations at the must-see sailing and watersports event of the year!

wide shot of swimming competition in lake

Cast your vote

“We’re thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2023 RYA and Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award,” said RYA Club and Volunteer Support Officer, Cat Ferguson.

“Our affiliated clubs are at the very heart of our sport and I would like to thank everyone who gives up their time to support boating in whatever way, great or small. Our congratulations go to all 12 of this year’s finalists for the enthusiasm they show in meeting challenges and introducing new ideas and innovative ways of doing things. Our special thanks must go to Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting and Gallagher for their continued support,” added Cat.

Rob Peake, Group Editor of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting, said: “Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting is delighted to be supporting this competition, which highlights and recognises the hard work of club volunteers and enables us to share best practice between clubs.

“The shortlisted clubs were selected by the RYA Awards Panel who judged them on how well they promote the sport, encourage people onto the water and make their activities varied and accessible to their community. Once again, the panel has had a tough time selecting our finalists due to an outstanding standard of entries, but the tougher task is now yours. It is up to you to decide the winner.”

Find out more about the RYA Club of the Year Award.