The RYA Volunteer Awards are considered the ‘MBEs' of the sport, honouring people for their exceptional generosity and commitment to boating. The winners were nominated by their clubs and selected by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.
HRH The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, presented a number of the RYA’s most prestigious awards to the CAYF sailors and volunteers yesterday at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony in London on Friday 24 November.
Lifetime Commitment - individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years.
- Richard Bessy , Crouch Area Yachting Federation. Represented and preserved boating interests on the rivers Crouch and Roach, serving on CAYF Committes as Hon Secretary and Treasurer for 15 years. Hon Secretary of both the Roach Sailing Association and Roach Mooring Holders Association.member. Parish Councillor at Paglesham.
- Doug MacEwen, South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club. A founder member of the Club he is dedicated to developing and diversiying SWFYC for 42 years. He developed SWFYC into a vibrant club. He is Hon Secretary of CAYF, a Board Member of the Crouch Harbour Authority and recently Deputy Chairman of the RYA East Region.
- Tom Wood – South Woodham Ferrers Yacht Club. Tom's enthusiasm, orgaisation skills, ability to inspire others, has created a vibrant junior section within the Club. He was the first Junior Member to complete all of the "Learn to" courses in sailing, kakaying and Coastal gig rowing and became the first Junior Club Captain of SWFYC, mentoring all the junior members.. He developed the Club Junior Championships and was nominated Young Achiever of the year at the AGM.