The Awards are in recognition of their commitment to their sailing clubs. 

Robert (Rob) Lamb from Romsey receives an RYA National Award, while Peter Etheridge of Bassett, David Howden of Lymington and Eldred Thomas Philip (Phil) Pascoe of Hythe will each receive an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award.   

The four were selected as winners by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel and will receive their awards at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London on 22 November.   The RYA is boating’s national governing body and the Volunteer Awards are considered the ‘MBEs' of the sport, honouring people throughout the UK for their outstanding contributions across all the disciplines the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing, motor cruising, inland waterways and personal watercraft.  

Rob was determined to raise the standards of race management at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club - and elsewhere - for the 2012 Olympics.  He devised rigorous training courses and seminars, effectively starting the RYA qualification system that remains in use today. As a result, RSYC was able to provide an outstanding group of race officials to contribute to Great Britain’s successful Olympic Regatta in Weymouth. Rob has developed further courses and is now Chief Instructor for International Race Officer seminars for World Sailing.  

Of his Award, Rob says “I feel privileged to have received this award.  I sincerely did not expect to be honoured for simply pursuing my hobby! Thank you.”  

Peter is a founder member of Marchwood Yacht Club which was established in 1963. Since those early years he has given his support in all sections of the club and is the longest-serving Treasurer. Serving as Boat Park Chairman for a number of years, he oversaw the management of lifting and launching 175 yachts at the club. He continues to epitomise the club motto ‘if it needs doing, do it’, playing an active part in the day-to-day running of this busy club.    

David has been a member of Keyhaven Yacht Club (KYC) since 1988, serving on the Committee and as a Trustee. He supported one of the largest Cadet fleets in the Solent, developing the skills of both sailors and parents with a calm and patient approach. He also offered his professional skills as a quantity surveyor to clubhouse development projects including a significant refurbishment and extension project. Whether on a committee boat or raising funds at a boat jumble day, younger generations of members and parents respect him as a ‘Father of the club’, inspired by his total commitment and constant devotion to the betterment of KYC.

David comments “I feel very honoured to have been nominated for the award and it gives me great pleasure to represent the Keyhaven Yacht Club, a thriving friendly club in a special corner of the western Solent.”

It is through Andy’s drive and commitment that Netley Sailing Club (NSC) has a new clubhouse. After many failed planning applications Andy finally stepped in and completed a design within a limited budget and project managed the build.  His affable style and leadership inspired others to contribute to the project, and the new clubhouse opened in August 2018.  Thanks to Andy’s efforts, the club is now able to hold more events and host class national championships. His legacy is a fabulous clubhouse for members and visitors at NSC to enjoy for many years to come.     

Phil has been a member of Hythe Sailing Club (HSC) since the early 70s and has for many years organised and planned the dinghy and cruiser racing calendar, as well as all the sailing events, including social events such as cruiser rallies. Phil has also served as Rear Commodore Sailing and maintained the club launch and dinghies. He will also often be seen laying marks for race courses, and is currently the HSC representative on the Southampton Water Sailing Association. Still an active sailor, with a host of race win achievements Phil has made a significant contribution and is highly valued by the club.                

More information about the RYA Volunteer Awards