As East Region Finalist, Blackwater is a volunteer-run, self-help Club, with a thriving cadet section and the club is a hive of activity during the whole week with a variety of activity taking place for the whole family, for all abilities. At the Club’s 2018 Push the Boat Out Open Day, over 500 taster sails were enjoyed on the lake and river, with the Club seeing over 100 new members joining during the 2018 season. 

Club Commodore Steve Jarred said: “The RYA Dinghy Show for us this year was not just the annual pilgrimage to Alexander Palace to meet friends and look at shiny boats, as we were also there at the invite of the RYA to hear the results of the Club of the Year award. We were treated to a splendid lunch where all the finalists were able to meet each other and chat about our clubs, hear what others had to offer and the issues that they faced. It was good to hear that we had a lot in common considering there was a mixture of club sizes, but a lot of what we have to overcome are common amongst us all.

I would like to thank Chris Brown, our publicity officer, for all the hard work that she did for us to get the Blackwater Sailing Club as a finalist, and we are proud to become winners of the Eastern Region, and it was an honour to go onto the stage and collect this on behalf of the club. As a members club run by volunteers it was a great recognition that all the hard work we all put in throughout the year had been recognised outside the club.”

Regional Development Officer Robbie Bell said “It was great to see Blackwater Sailing Club’s success in the RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2019 Award, where the Club was presented with the East Region Finalist Award at the RYA Dinghy Show earlier this month. Although the overall winner was the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in the South West, this is a fantastic achievement for an East Region Club, and well-deserved recognition for all their efforts - congratulations!”

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