The Awards were presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, in recognition of boating’s most dedicated volunteers.

At the ceremony, held at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, Brenda received her RYA Lifetime Commitment Award in recognition of her commitment to the RYA East Regional Committee. 

Brenda Read was nominated for a Lifetime Commitment Award by the RYA East Region Committee and has been selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. Brenda has been active on many committees in support of sailing and the environment. She was Chair of the Harwich Area Sailing Association and a highly-valued member of the RYA East Region Committee, contributing significantly to regional decisions and a driving force on building relations between the Committee, the RYA East Integrated Team and other organisations. She has also been a passionate member of Orwell Yacht Club since the late 1960s, serving on the Management Committee for 20 years. With her enthusiasm and dedication, Brenda continues to support yachting and the environment in the Suffolk and Essex area.

Brenda said: “It was a fabulous day and one I will never forget, everyone was happy, it makes me realise that I am a part of a very large volunteering family of the RYA. HRH The Princess Royal made everyone feel at ease which made the whole experience a very happy event, and one that I enjoyed throughout the day.”

RYA Director of Sport Development, Alistair Dickson commented: “The RYA Volunteer Awards, sometimes known as the MBE’s of our sport, recognise the outstanding contributions made by volunteers nationwide.

“Today has been a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to the people that go above and beyond, giving that little bit extra to ensure others can enjoy the sport we all love. Volunteers really are the lifeblood of boating and it’s an honour to reward their efforts and give something back.”

Nominations are now invited for the 2019 RYA Volunteer Awards.