Volunteers get recognition

Princess Anne presented awards to more than 50 sailing volunteers who work to keep clubs and events going – from making the tea, to manning rescue boats – throughout the UK.

The awards were presented to volunteers from as far afield as Cornwall to Argyll in a prestigious awards ceremony held at One Great George Street, London.
Stacey Clark, Chairman of the RYA, said: ‘These people are the backbone of our sailing clubs and these awards acknowledge the outstanding contributions, time and effort that these volunteers make to enable others to enjoy sailing.’

The Princess Royal also presented the Francis Elkin Award to Martyn Collis recognising his work and dedication improving the opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sailing.
Martyn has always given over and above his responsibilities as a Sailability Regional Organiser to make a difference. He volunteers large amounts of time at weekends, evenings, and during his holidays to accompany Sailability sailors on trips and events.

All the winners enjoyed a celebratory lunch and were presented with a commemorative medallion and certificate by Anne.  
To find out more about the RYA Volunteer Awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/ryavolunteerawards. Nominations for 2013 RYA Volunteer Awards will open on January 14th 2013.