"I was very honoured," said Mike who was nominated for his award by members of Bassenthwaite Sailing Club and was selected as a winner by the Awards panel for being an ambassador for sailing over a 25 year span.

He started sailing with the club in 1979 and represented the club in numerous regional and national sailing events. He served as  Rear, Vice and Commodore between 2003 and 2008.

Mainly, though, his work with the club has focused on obtaining publicity through local media. That is something he has extended to another club he is a member of - Whitehaven Sailing and Boating Association.

At Bassenthwaite he has also edited the club magazine.Mike has also devoted his time as Mirror Fleet Captain since 2003. His enthusiasm in this role never wavers and the continued success of the Mirror fleet at Bassenthwaite SC is testament to his commitment and hard work.

Mike�s vision for the future of the club and the sport of sailing has focused on training; he was a crucial part of the team that achieved RYA Training Centre and Champion Club status.

In the club's recommendation for the award Mike is described as a �willing horse�, leading by example and  a doer � always the first to offer help and advice and invariably the first to arrive and the last to leave the club.He has influenced on-water safety by encouraging members and staff to enhance their powerboat and safety boat skills.