Recog­ni­tion for sail­ing vol­un­teers

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Vol­un­teers who help nur­ture sail­ing tal­ent across the UK have been recog­nised for their in­put and achieve­ments.

Some 57 peo­ple were pre­sented with ac­co­lades by the RYA pres­i­dent, Her Royal High­ness The Princess Royal at a cer­e­mony in Lon­don.

Among the re­cip­i­ents was Laura Car­rick from the Scot­tish char­ity able2­sail, who was pre­sented with the 2018 Fran­cis Elkin Award, given to an in­di­vid­ual who has en­abled peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to be­come in­volved in sail­ing.

Three gen­er­a­tions of the Ri­ley fam­ily, who have spent more than 70 years vol­un­teer­ing at West Kirby Sail­ing Club in Mersey­side, were given the Fam­ily Award.

Recog­nised for their com­mit­ment and ser­vices to boat­ing and the RYA at a re­gional level were the for­mer RYA Cymru Wales chair Dafydd Grif­fiths, Bem­bridge Sail­ing Club’s Mike Sa­muel­son, and Vin­cent Wang, who has or­gan­ised Chi­nese RYA train­ing in China — a first for the RYA.

Nom­i­na­tions for the 2019 RYA Vol­un­teer Awards are now open.

These vol­un­teers work tire­lessly to make sail­ing an in­clu­sive sport

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