The Awards were presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, in recognition of boating’s most dedicated volunteers.
The RYA Family Award is presented to a family group deserving of recognition for the impact they have made, both as individuals and as a family. This year was it was awarded to three generations of the Riley family from West Kirby SC and another club member, Richard Cornah received a Lifetime Commitment Award.
Rev David Thompson of Liverpool Sailing Club received an award for his Lifetime Commitment as a volunteer with Liverpool SC and his work with the Harbour Challenge charity in Poole which helps disadvantaged children, mainly from Brownsea.
Valerie Beacock of Coniston Sailing Club received a Lifetime Commitment award mainly for her work in establishing and leading the club's training centre. Fellow club member Rob Swyer received an Outstanding Contribution Award for work on the club's financial restructuring and development of facilities.
Mark Somerville of Bassenthwaite Sailing Club received a Lifetime Commitment Award. His official duties started at the age of 16 and have including running the annual Bass Week and deling with two major floods.
David McKee received a Lifetime Commitment Award for his work with Dovestone Sailing Club. As well as being nominated by his own club, gratitude for his efforts came from the Lancashire Schools Sailing Association. David has recently retired as a Senior Partner in a surveying company and he has assisted the LSSA, Dovestone SC and many clubs up and down the country with countless hours spent in negotiations over leases and rentals. He has worked closely with the RYA Legal Department.
Stuart Campbell, Commodore of Redesmere Sailing Club was presented with an Outstanding Contribution Award for guiding the club through major redevelopment that culminating in their winning RYA Club of the Year in 2016.
Two sailors from Delph Sailing Club Keith Clayworth and Don McDermott received Outstanding Contribution Awards for their support work at the club, providing a two man 'Thursday Club' working party that for years has tackled major maintenance projects.