Each award winner has made an invaluable contribution to their club; improving sailing opportunities in all manner of capacities, from establishing clubs, committee participation, race management to boat maintenance and training. Those receiving the former have, on average, around 30 years of service sailing.
Acknowledging the important role that volunteers play, Rod CARR OBE, RYA Chief Executive said, 'Intended to go someway towards thanking volunteers for all their hard work, the RYA Community Awards recognize these dedicated individuals for all their commitment and contribution to our sport. These worthy and exceptional volunteers have impressed us all at the RYA, including HRH The Princess Royal, who took the time speak to each recipient at the ceremony individually.'
The regional and national RYA Awards were also presented by the Princess in a separate ceremony. The accolade of Honorary Lifetime Membership of the RYA was awarded to Jonathan JANSON for his contribution to the financial well-being to the organization.
The Francis Elkin Award, which celebrates the invaluable contribution of grass routes volunteers, was presented to Kevin and Eileen COKAYNE for their impressive work with Sailability.