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RYA Scotland Annual Awards

The RYA Scotland Annual Awards have helped to bring the sailing community in Scotland to together to recognise just some of the achievements and the commitment of people within our sport and the wider activities around boating. Without these people and many more like them our activities would not be possible.

The 2019 awards has responded to feedback with a few changes among the categories and the opportunity to get behind a Scottish Club in the 2020 RYA / Yacht and Yachting Club of the Year Awards.

Nominations are now live and can be accessed here.

Annually we receive a great deal of nominations highlighting some excellent contributions to sailing or boating in Scotland. We recruit an independent judging panel to help narrow down the submissions to a shortlist and an eventual winner for each award.

Many nominators take time to submit excellent and detailed nominations each year and we are extremely grateful as this often brings to light some inspiring stories from our community.  

The 2019 RYA Scotland Annual Awards is open to nominations  from the 1st of August 2019 until the 31st of October. This year the Club of the Year category will be integrated with the 2020 RYA Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year which will close earlier on the 20th of September. 

RYA Scotland is seeking nominations for the following categories from the boating community in Scotland:

Volunteer of the Year

Instructor of the Year

Race Official of the Year

Young Person of the Year

The Elizabeth Mackay Award

Performance of the Year

Our Performance Awards will this year have three awards nominated by sailors, volunteers and parents involved in the Performance Pathway of RYA Scotland for:

Class Academy Sailor of the Year

Performance Sailor of the Year

Performance Coach of the Year

An independent judging panel will shortlist three nominees and a winner from each category with full details of guidelines and criteria available within the nominations forms.

RYA Scotland Club of the Year.

The RYA Scotland Club of the Year will be integrated as a finalist for the 2020 RYA / Yacht and Yachting Club of the Year. Applications can be submitted from the 1st of August through to the 20th of September. Full details of guidelines and application is made directlyvia 

The RYA Scotland Club of the Year as UK national finalists for the RYA Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year  will be announced at Scotland’s Boat Show in October 2019.

The RYA Scotland Club of the Year 2019 will be invited to attend the RYA Scotland Annual Awards event in January 2020.

The RYA Scotland Club of the Year will go forward to a public vote and the UK Club of the Year winner will be announced at the RYA Dinghy Show in March 2020.   


The shortlist for the RYA Scotland Annual Awards in 2018 included:

Volunteer of the Year 

Alistair MacIntyre

Craig MacDonald

Peter Boyd

Young person of year

Oban Duncan

Jamie Paterson

Rory McKinna

Club of the Year

East Lothian Yacht Club

Solway Yacht Club

Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club

Instructor of the Year

Will Derries

Derek McLean

Cameron McIntyre

Coach of the Year

Iain McGonigal

Duncan Hepplewhite

Cameron McIntyre

Official of the Year

Ben Wilcox

Peter Wright

Elizabeth McKay Award

Laurie MacDonald

Laura Carrick

Oban Duncan

Class Academy Sailor of the Year

Tess Crooks, Anna Miller, Eloise Noble, Morven Wood

Rowan Hayes & Charlotte Henry

Alex Cogan Sivarijan

Youth Sailor of the Year

Ewan Wilson & Fin Armstrong

Islay Watson

Tom Mitchell

Performance of the Year

Islay Watson

Ewan Wilson & Fin Armstrong

Commodores Cup Team

Oban Duncan




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