Falmouth's Mylor Sailing School has, for the second year running, won a Cornwall Tourism Award in the Access and Inclusivity category - and this time it's gold. The School's owner, Tracey Boyne, was presented with the award by Truro's Olympic rower, Helen Glover MBE, during a glittering ceremony at the Headland Hotel in Newquay on 2 November.
The School was also highly commended in the very competitive Active & Sporting Experience category.
Mylor Sailability is the charity formed by Mylor Sailing School to make sailing accessible to people of all ages, whatever their disability.
Delighted Tracey said: "The Awards are very rigorous, and even though we won a silver last year, we still had to show a lot of improvement since to be in with any chance this year. Amongst other things, this year we got our Hawk 20 dayboat, 20-year-old Ryan Linthwaite, (who, as a volunteer, was shortlisted for a Cornwall Sports Partnership Award last year) is now employed by us, we've all taken part in some really great tourism training, as suggested in last year's feedback, and we are building up an online presence in Euan's Guide (an accessibility review website). It has also been an honour that the RYA has appointed me as a disability awareness trainer for this area.
"It was a three-step process - first we had to fill in a very detailed application form, then we were visited by a 'mystery shopper' and finally by one of the judges, who visited in September. We were thrilled when we got the email saying we were finalists again, and winning gold is just brilliant."
Tracey will receive feedback from the judges shortly, and is looking forward to making even more improvements to the School over the coming year: "The feedback really helps you as a business to improve, and get everything right."
Mylor Sailing School is an RYA Training Centre