Royal Torbay Yacht Club (RTYC) has been recognised as a finalist in the prestigious 2019 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award, supported by Gallagher, and members of the public are now being asked to vote for the winner.

RTYC is one of 11 finalists selected by the RYA Awards Panel and it has also been specifically recognised for achievement in embracing modern facility development. Over the past two years its volunteers have undertaken a programme of modernisation to make this grand, historic building a welcoming, more appealing and friendly place for the whole community. 

Every aspect of the club’s public areas has been upgraded with the emphasis on the beautiful fixtures, fittings and full redecoration programme. “This year we held public events, like RYA Push The Boat Out, and we engaged with MDL Marina, Torquay Town Dock and other local stakeholders to generate real excitement and interest in the club. Members of the public are really impressed with the look and feel of the club. Once they visit, they want to stay!” said RTYC Commodore Adrian Peach. “Members love the refurbishment, they bring their friends to the restaurant or social events who then often join or want to book the facilities for their own events – we continue to grow. It is a snowball effect. 

“Royal Torbay Yacht Club is a club of volunteers,” he explains. “The club now hosts loads of fantastic sailing and social events. With our new licence upgraded from a Club Licence to a full Premises Licence, we are now hosting wedding receptions, birthday celebrations and Christmas parties, therefore driving the excitement and buzz around the club.

“We’re also very proud to be hosting a lot of major sailing events next summer, most notably the prestigious J/70 National and World Championships in August 2019, also the RS200 & Squib National Championships. We look forward to competitors from around the world enjoying the atmosphere of our wonderful yacht club.”

Torbay has some of the finest sailing waters in the south west, and increasingly, new members are moving to the area for the lifestyle that includes the Royal Torbay Yacht Club’s active sporting, volunteering and social scene.

“We have nearly 170 new members this year, partly driven by residents new to Torbay looking for a warm, friendly social environment. When presenting at the RYA Dinghy Show last March, we heard over and over that sailing and motorboat enthusiasts are looking to move to the South West, and joining our club is a great way to meet people and get stuck in with a full calendar of events.”

In 2018, the club took the big decision to employ a Club Manager, Michael Kirk and it now has professional management and administration. Michael said: “With an online booking system for all of our RYA training courses, restaurant bookings and social events, plus low-cost dinghy hire, and free stand-up paddleboard hire for members this has added to the overall membership experience.”

Georgie Corlett-Pitt, Editor of Yachts & Yachting said: “We are very pleased to have, once again, received such a high calibre of entries. The nominations allow us an insight into some exceptional initiatives underpinning the grassroots of our sport and we look forward to recognising and rewarding the overall winners.

“It's certainly a tough competition, but now it's over to the public to decide."

Public voting is now open for the annual award, which recognises the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK, promoting the hard work and dedication that goes into running a successful club, so this is your chance to support this SW club.

Awards will be presented and the overall winner announced at the RYA Dinghy Show on Saturday, 2 March 2019.  To find out more about the finalists and to cast your vote visit the online voting page

For more information about Club of the Year visit www.rya.org.uk/go/cluboftheyear.

Voting closes on Monday 28 January.