Gong for John Derbyshire

Royal Yachting Association performance director John Derbyshire has
received an OBE for services to sport.

Derbyshire attended his first Olympics as a coach in 1988 but was promoted to team manager for the 1996 Games in Atlanta. He continued with that job at Sydney four years later
before his promotion to a role that oversees British sailing success at
junior, youth and elite level.

He also served as Ben Ainslie’s personal coach for six years, helping the then teenager win the first of his four Olympic medals in Atlanta, a silver he upgraded to gold four years later.