Mike Samuelson has been nominated for an RYA
Regional Award by the RYA’s South Region and has been selected
as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. He will receive his award at the
organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London on 16 November.
joined Bembridge Sailing Club in 1960 as a Cadet and after a distinguished
career in the Royal Marines took over as the Club Secretary in early 1996. He
has fulfilled many key club and Isle of Wight roles, and has been the East
Wight RYA South Region Representative for over six years, providing in
particular, valuable local knowledge to the RYA on Marine Conservation Zone
Hon Secretary of the Bembridge Harbour Users Group since it was founded fifteen
years ago, he has helped to preserve access for boaters to Bembridge. As Bembridge SC's Secretary he introduced and
ran training courses, and engaged instructors.
He ensured sufficient RIBs and support boats safeguarded young sailors
and insisted that all sailors, however experienced, wore buoyancy aids when
necessary. He was the Club's Chief
Instructor from 2000 to 2014, as well as the race co-ordinator and regular race
officer for the club’s keelboat and Illusion racing.
also found time to be a Deputy Launching Authority for Bembridge Lifeboat from 2004
to 2012, and Lifeboat Operations Manager from 2012 to 2017. He is currently the Lifeboat Press Officer, a
member of the local Visits Team, Education Team and Community Safety Team. As a new task this year he has also become a
Visits Guide at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes.
Mike’s endeavours have helped countless
people to learn to sail safely and enjoy the sport at all levels.
Mike said of his nomination “I was very surprised
but of course delighted when I heard that I had been nominated for an RYA
Volunteer Award. I have always enjoyed
being involved in training and being able to pass on my boating knowledge and
experiences to others. The East Wight
is a brilliant sailing area and I have always felt very privileged to have
settled so happily in the area."