Netley Sailing Club has been recognised as a finalist in the prestigious 2020 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award, supported by Gallagher. As a nominee, Netley SC now goes forward to the national
vote and that’s where you can help. Voting
opens today (13 December) so please give them your support by casting your vote.
The annual Award recognises the outstanding achievements of sailing
clubs across the UK and promotes the hard work and dedication that goes into
running a successful club. Netley
Sailing Club is one of 10 finalists selected by the RYA Awards Panel and a
finalist can be turned into a national winner if enough votes are received, and
your support can make this happen.
As well as the
Club of the Year nomination Netley SC has been specifically recognised with a
special award for its ‘Fantastic Facilities’. Netley’s new clubhouse
opened in August 2018 after a huge effort by club members, and thanks to their
efforts the club is now able to hold more events and host class national
The club reached this major
milestone having purchased the site freehold in 2012.
The building work was
funded by membership loans, donations and 15 years of fundraising activities.
The efforts of the members didn’t
stop there either - once the builders moved out the members themselves moved
in, decorating and fitting out the interior ensuring that the project was
brought in under budget.
The new building complements other
facilities such as the camping field and training shed.
Despite the focus on
the new clubhouse, the club at the same time expanded its activities, reaching
out to local schools, increasing social activities, and renting out club
windsurfers and dinghies as well as succession planning. Because of all of this,
club membership has seen an increase of 17% over two years, with members now
having to trim back the hedging to make room for extra dinghy parking.
“We’re delighted to be able to announce this
year’s finalists.” said RYA Programmes Manager Michelle Gent. “The Panel was
inspired to see how much activity goes on in clubs all year round and the
number of volunteers who go that extra mile to make it all happen. It’s been
exciting to see the varied initiatives clubs are using to increase activity and
engage their membership”.
Peake, Editor of Yachts & Yachting said: “We had a tough time whittling
down the high standard of entries this year to the shortlist you see here, but
the tougher task is now yours! Yachts & Yachting is delighted to be
supporting this competition, which recognises the hard work of club volunteers
and shares best practice between clubs."
will be presented and the overall winner will be announced at the RYA Dinghy
Show 2020 on Saturday 29 February. Cast your vote for Netley Sailing Club.
closes on Monday 27 January 2020. More information about RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award.