Club of the Year 2023

New format for much loved annual celebration of clubs


Club members celebrate with members

Nominations will be opening soon for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards supported by Gallagher – which will be returning in 2023 with a more accessible process for applications.

The annual awards celebrate the outstanding achievement and hard work of sailing clubs across the UK and whereas previously club committees and officials tended to nominate their own club, this year any individual will be able to nominate any club.

2023 nominations have been simplified so that individuals can enter either their own or another club, simply by submitting a few words explaining why a particular venue deserves to be recognised.

“Anyone can now nominate any club,” explains RYA Programmes Manager Michelle Gent. “So you could put forward your own club, or it could be a club where you’ve had a positive experience as a visitor and, for example, loved a training course or had the best event of your life.

“We will then contact all nominated clubs for further information to find out about their activities and future plans to help the RYA Awards Panel select a finalist for each Region and Home Country plus two ‘wild card’ entries. We are really hoping this new format will encourage lots of people and clubs to get involved, and we are looking forward to hearing all about our fantastic network of clubs through these much-loved annual awards.”


  • The awards are for RYA affiliated clubs, with nominations from individuals expected to open from Monday 23rd May, with a closing date of Monday 29th August.
  • Clubs will be contacted as soon as a nomination has been made with an invitation to complete an official Club of the Year application form by Monday 19th September.
  • The public vote, which will remain an integral part of the process to select an overall winner, is then expected to open with Yachts & Yachting Magazine around the end of November.
  • The awards ceremony will then take place as usual at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show, which will be returning to Farnborough next year on 25-26 February 2023.

Look out for all the latest news about the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards by following @RoyalYachtingAssociation or your RYA Region/Home Country on social media.

Join the panel

We are looking for an individual to join the awards panel which selects recipients of the RYA Awards programme (currently Volunteer Awards and Club of the Year Award). There is also the opportunity to be part of the team which supports RYA staff develop and monitor the Awards to ensure they reflect the strategic priorities of the RYA.


Find more information and apply