The RYA President HRH the Princess Royal, presented the RYA Awards to nine individuals who have made invaluable and outstanding contributions to the world of boating at the association's Annual General Meeting, held on Wednesday 13 October.
Awards were presented to:
Geoff Holt for his inspiration and role as figurehead for the cause of disabled sailing for the last decade.
Michael Shefras for his outstanding service to the RYA as a member of Council and his invaluable work in protecting the interests of recreational boaters on the River Thames.
John Rowlands for his services to the Llandudno Sailing Club and his enormous contribution to the development of the Welsh Yachting Association.
Curly Morris for his invaluable contribution to the administration of sailing in all areas from racing to training since he began sailing at 13 years old.
Bob Grant for his 30 years of dedicated service to the sport through his involvement in training with many organisations in the North West.
John Selby for his dedicated committee work in the Southern Region.
Oliver Ludlow for his service to RYA Scotland and his immense contribution to cruising, racing and training in Scotland.
Robin Hill-Sanders for his work as Honorary Secretary in the Eastern region and his dedication to the Blackwater Sailing Club.
Bob Holmes for his promotion and support of RYA activities across the country.
This year The Francis Elkin Award was presented to Clare Gray for her remarkable work in developing extensive sailing opportunities for people with disabilities in London.
For more information on each of the award winners click here