Please select your home edition
Edition

RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021 revealed

by Susie Nation-Grainger 27 Feb 2021 19:05 GMT 27-28 February 2021
Club of the Year © RYA

Port Dinorwic Sailing Club / Clwb Hwylio Y Felinheli have been crowned RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year 2021 supported by Gallagher, at the virtual RYA Dinghy Show (27th February 2021).

The annual award recognises the outstanding achievement of clubs across the UK.

The North Wales club were one of 10 regional finalists selected by the RYA Awards panel and were ultimately crowned overall winner following a public vote. The coveted trophy was presented by Dinghy Show host, professional sailor Hannah Diamond and RYA CEO Sarah Treseder.

Port Dinorwic SC / Clwb Hwylio Y Felinheli were recognised for being at the 'heart of the community' for their innovation and efforts to ensure activities could continue to run safely once lockdown restrictions eased.

When many of their members were unable to get out on the water, the club's ingenious online activities including training and eSailing continued to keep them entertained and engaged. Their social media campaign attracted new members from the local area, boosting their membership, and they also invested in a beach winch, allowing sailors to pull their boats up the beach while remaining socially distanced.

Commodore Noel Bristow said: "Wow! I'm blown away! On behalf of all our members, who I know will be delighted, I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has voted. We were really proud to be recognised in the 'Heart of the Community' category and now to be named RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year is- it's fantastic! Thank you to everyone who voted and RYA Cymru Wales for all your support".

During the virtual awards ceremony British Sailing Team athlete Kirsty Urwin congratulated all the finalists: "This year more than any other has provided clubs with challenges but has also proven what can be achieved under these testing circumstances. It has been a pleasure to hear everything that has been achieved".

RYA Director of Sport Development Rob Clark said: "A huge congratulations to Port Dinorwic Sailing Club and all their volunteers. Whilst this has been an extremely challenging year for all sports organisations, Port Dinorwic SC's hard work, commitment to their members and innovation is what made them stand out to the judges. Congratulations to all of our inspirational finalists."

2021 Finalists:

  • Bolton Sailing Club
  • Chelmarsh Sailing Club
  • Debdale Outdoor Activity Club
  • Emsworth Sailing Club
  • Guernsey Yacht Club
  • Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club
  • Port Dinorwic Sailing Club / Clwb Hwylio Y Felinheli
  • Prestwick Sailing Club
  • Ripon Sailing Club
  • Strangford Sailing Club

Special commendations were also awarded to Cowes Sailability for their work connecting with isolated members and Llandudno Sailing Club for becoming an integral part of the one of the North Wales field hospitals whilst enabling members to return to boating as quickly as possible.

Thank you to Gallagher for once again supporting the award, Moors Brothers for donating the trophy and to RS Sailing for donating a fantastic prize for the winning club.

For more information about the award, how to get involved and this year's finalists visit rya.org.uk/cluboftheyear

Love Dinghy Sailing? Then why not join the association that promotes and protects, safe, successful and rewarding boating. Join today and support the RYA in protecting your boating rights and freedoms. Take advantage of free advice and support on all aspects of your boating, as well as enjoying a range of fantastic personal member offers. Find out more by calling 02380 604 159, email or visit rya.org.uk

Related Articles

Discover what's on from Class Associations
At the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show 2024 The RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show 2024 supported by Sunsail is gearing up to deliver an action-packed weekend for watersports enthusiasts from 24-25 February at Farnborough International. Posted today at 10:31 am
Best of boardsports at the show
Winging, windsurfing, foiling and paddleboard kit offers from exhibitors The RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show supported by Sunsail, is the watersports enthusiast's must-attend event of the year, taking place at Farnborough International on 24-25 February 2024. Posted on 18 Feb
RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show speakers confirmed
All the specialist knowledge and practical demos you need to launch you into the new season Our experts will be on hand to inspire and guide you in your own watersports journey over the season-opening showcase at Farnborough International. Posted on 14 Feb
Explore horizons at RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show
Holidays and courses to inspire you into the sailing season We preview some of the holidays and courses on offer from our exhibitors at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show this February (24-25 February) at Farnborough International. Posted on 11 Feb
RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show clothing best buys
Take a sneak peek at some of the standout clothing offerings In the run up to the season-opening RYA Dinghy and Watersports Show, we'll be helping you hone in on some of the 'best buys' to expect from our exhibitors, from top recommended clothes, boats, and hardware to boardsports, holidays, and courses. Posted on 24 Jan
First speakers revealed
For 2024 RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show Whether you're taking your first tentative tacks, dreaming of adventures afloat or are looking to hone your high performance skills, you'll find all the advice you need with the line-up of expert talks at this year's RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show. Posted on 11 Jan
RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show adds golden touch
Olympic sailing star Eilidh McIntyre MBE will join the hosting line-up The RYA's must-see sailing and watersports event will return to Farnborough International from 24-25 February 2024 - and this year welcomes a new face to the presenting team. Posted on 2 Nov 2023
What was intriguing at the RYA Dinghy Show 2023?
Remote operated self-bailers set one man's heart a flutter Determined not to let moving house (the day before) put him off, YachtsandYachting.com's website developer, Magnus Smith, attended his favourite boat show during the last weekend in February. Posted on 6 Mar 2023
2023 sailing season lifts off
At 'buzzing' RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show The home of British aviation instead became the home of boats, boards, sails and wings of a different kind this weekend as thousands of water lovers took over Farnborough International for the 2023 RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show presented by Suzuki. Posted on 28 Feb 2023
Arnside SC wins 'transformational' prize
At the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show Arnside Sailing Club in Cumbria can now look forward to providing more opportunities for more local groups to get out on the water as they were handed the keys to a brand new Suzuki-powered Rigiflex safety boat today at the RYA Dinghy & Watersports Show. Posted on 26 Feb 2023