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Entries for this year's Panerai Challenger Trophy will open on Monday 4 March. OnBoard clubs and sailors could benefit from grant awards of up to £10,000 and £5,000 respectively, with three runner-ups also eligible for grants of up to £5,000 (clubs/centres) and £2,500 (sailor).  

The Panerai Challenger Trophy aims to recognise young OnBoarders who have embraced the power of sailing or windsurfing to achieve an inspiring personal triumph while rewarding the OnBoard clubs or centres who make it possible. Last year, Debdale's Nicola Stockdale won the first ever Trophy, while the four finalists also enjoyed a day in Cowes for some classic yacht sailing and the presentation dinner.

The only criteria are that nominated sailors have overcome significant physical, economic or social challenges to achieve something notable within sailing and/or windsurfing, are still active in the sport and have been involved at an OnBoard club or centre for at least a year in the past two years.  

In doing so, they will have demonstrated how the sport has developed one or more of the OnBoard recognised character attributes of creativity, teamwork, communication, determination, independence and confidence. More details will be coming soon but get thinking now about who you could nominate. 

Nominate your volunteers for an RYA Volunteer Award

OnBoard couldn't run without volunteers. So why not consider giving your standout volunteers the love the deserve and nominate them for a 2019 RYA Volunteer Award?

The annual awards, presented in London by HRH The Princess Royal, can be perceived to be there to recognise those longest-standing volunteers who have dedicated years of time and effort to their clubs. But, while one of the awards - the RYA Lifetime Commitment Award - is exactly that, there are a number of other categories that could apply to those who support OnBoard.

For example, got someone who's led on a specific project that's transformed your club/centre through OnBoard? Nominate them for an RYA Outstanding Contribution award. Or got youngsters under 25 that do incredible things to support your OnBoard activities? Put them up for an RYA Youth Award?

Last year, Rev David Thompson (Liverpool SC / Harbour Challenge, Poole), Andrew Rimmer (Banbury SC) and Ross Ryan (Notts County SC) were amongst the winners whose OnBoard involvement were cited in their success. Nominations close on Tuesday 2 April so get thinking. Full details are here - RYA Volunteer Awards.

 

Get OnBoard at the RYA Dinghy Show

Come and meet Hannah and the rest of the RYA OnBoard team on Stand G18 at the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki at Alexandra Palace, London on Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 March. 

The ultimate day out for dinghy sailors of all experience, this year's theme is #MyDinghyTribe - celebrating the different ‘tribes’ that make up the dinghy sailing community and recognising the diversity within our sport.

The show will welcome over 150 exhibitors including boat builders, class associations, sailing clubs and retailers. Visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy show favourites including sailing simulators, trapeze rig and the famous Dinghy Show Treasure Hunt so however old you are, there’s something for everyone! Get your tickets here - RYA Dinghy Show tickets.

 

Still time to Push The Boat Out in 2019

The RYA's annual month-long Push The Boat Out nationwide festival of 'have-a-go' events is an awesome way to get more kids on the water and to showcase your OnBoard activities.

Push The Boat Out is once again taking place throughout the whole of May to give everyone and anyone the chance to get afloat. Last year more than 29,000 people tried sailing and windsurfing across the country during Push The Boat Out.

The closing to date to register your event is Monday 4 March (5pm) with the aim to get the resources packs out to clubs and centres, so you can start spreading the word about what you've got going on, by mid-March. Sign up now at Push the Boat Out 2019 - Activator Sign Up and Event Details

In the meantime here's a reminder as to how you can make Push The Boat Out work for you - Top tips...making Push The Boat Out work to get kids OnBoard