Applications are now open for the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards 2020, supported by Gallagher, and the hunt is on for the successors to 2019 winners, Royal Torbay Yacht Club.  

The Club of the Year Awards recognise the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK, recognising and promoting the hard work which goes into making sailing clubs successful. All 1000 sailing clubs from across the UK are eligible to apply, and ultimately take advantage of, and share examples of best practice within the sailing community.   

The shortlisted clubs will then go through to a public vote, with the overall winner selected by RYA members, Yachts & Yachting readers and the panel. The 2020 Club of the Year will be announced at the RYA Dinghy Show (29 February – 1 March 2020).  

Adrian Peach, Commodore of Royal Torbay Yacht Club, says that the award has been brilliant for the club and the area, and he encourages other clubs in the region to have a go: “This award means such a lot to us as a club because we are a club of volunteers and, as volunteers, it’s really nice to have the recognition that this award brings. It's a lovely ‘halo’ over the club that just gives us a bit of an edge and recognises the people who are proud to be a part of it.

“My advice to any clubs wanting to enter for these awards is make sure you get all your ducks in a row. Read through the criteria, and make sure you fulfil them before you apply. We learnt that asking our members what they want, in great detail, gave us a big insight; looking after the members you’ve got is just as important as recruiting new members.”   

Michael Kirk, Club Manager, added: “This award has allowed us to raise the profile of the club locally, nationally and internationally, as we host international events, and we have had press coverage we wouldn’t have had before, even in one of the Sunday papers – so we find that people visiting us know we’ve won the award and are keen to see it.”  

RYA director of sport development Alistair Dickson said: “The RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Awards are a fantastic way for us here at the RYA to recognise the many clubs that do such an amazing job of making it possible for so people to enjoy time out on the water. It doesn’t matter whether your club is big or small, based inland or at the coast, the awards are a superb way for all clubs to share best practice and remind your club members just how far you’ve come. With 12 finalist spots and five recognitions up for grabs, there’s plenty of opportunity to get involved and to focus your application around something you’re really proud of. With the continued support from Yachts & Yachting, the Club of the Year award goes from strength to strength each year.”  

Club applications are now open and close on 20 September 2019.  For more information and to complete an application form visit www.rya.org.uk/go/cluboftheyear   

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