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Sailability Annual Awards

2019 Sailability Annual Awards

The RYA Sailability Annual Awards recognise the contribution by people and organisations who have made a real impact.


The Awards Panel is meeting on 07 December.  Shortlisted people will be invited to the Sailability Awards Dinner which will be held at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre in  Bedfordshire on 16 February 2019.

2019 sees some new categories being introduced

  • Exceptional Contribution - someone who, over a considerable period, has shown exceptional commitment and dedication to boating and getting people on the water, no matter what it takes.
  • #More Than Sailing - an activity, project or piece of work that has enabled inactive disabled people to become active - this might be a new session, a successful partnership with a new group, a new approach to evaluation or an event that resulted in people sailing regularly.  It might be a combination of all of these things.
  • Volunteer of the Year - a volunteer who has given significant time and energy over the course of the year, or towards a specific project in 2018, who went above and beyond and who is a real ambassador for all that Sailability represents.
  • Young Person of the Year - a young person (under 25) who has shown significant commitment to boating and progressed not only their own skills and knowledge but has encouraged and supported others.
  • Team of the Year - a team who, by working together, have achieved significant success and raised the profile of what is possible.
  • Sailor of the Year - A sailor(s) who has or have achieved considerable success or made significant progress on the water in 2018.
  • Collaboration of the Year - A group or organisation working with a Sailability club or centre, or with the RYA Sailability programme as a whole, that has benefitted all those involved and produced outcomes that couldn't have been achieved without the collaboration.

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