2012 – What A Year!

What an exciting year 2012 has been to date; not just for Great Britain as a nation but for the RYA too! As well as representing the interests of 3.2 million UK boaters, we’ve run special events, crowned champions and seen Olympic and Paralympic


At the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, the RYA unveiled its new ‘Our Sporting Life – Sail for Gold’ exhibition, celebrating 112 years of our nation’s Olympic and Paralympic sailing heritage. Even Ben Ainslie popped along!

Ifan James was named RYA Yachtmaster™ of the Year and was presented his award by HRH The Princess Royal. Annabel Vose and Megan Brickwood (pictured) were crowned YJA Pantanieus Young Sailors of the Year, receiving their award from Skandia Team GBR’s Iain Percy OBE.

Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire hosted the fifth annual RYA Sailability conference and RYA Sailability Volunteer Awards. The first award, Significant Contribution was presented to Carol Canning for introducing Sailability to the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. The Outstanding Contribution award went to Michael Kemm whose work as Treasurer/Secretary at Rutland SC enabled the group to become one of the UK’s most active
Sailability clubs.

The final award for Exceptional contribution went to Eric Blyth, Chairman of New Forest and District Sailability, who for the past 11 years has been introducing disabled people to sailing, from just three boats in the early days, to the 80 volunteers and 17 boats today. Eric himself is dependent on a wheelchair but this does not stop him skippering boats for other disabled people. 

The 61st RYA Dinghy Show took place at Alexandra Palace, London, with some 8,500 dinghy sailing enthusiasts from across the UK and as far afield as India and Canada attending.

Hollowell Sailing Club in Northampton was named RYA Club of the Year 2012, receiving their award from Skandia Team GBR 470 sailors, Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills. Seb Baucutts became the first ever RYA Dinghy Show SailX Champion and nine year old Mariah Weller’s Moshi Monster inspired sail design won her a brand new RS Tera dinghy. The Merlin Rocket class clinched the Spitfire Premium Concours d’Elegance prize and Olympic gold medallist, Paul Goodison (and a few rubber ducks) helped launch the 2012 ilovesailing Facebook photo and video competition.

The first of many 2012 RYA OnBoard events took place at St Mawes Sailing Club in Falmouth. 30 teenagers and 15 boats took to the water for the RS Feva Race and
training weekend.


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