Locals honored

RYA Southern Region volunteers recognised

Tuesday October 18th 2005, Author: Flavia Bateson, Location: United Kingdom
Britains Royal Yachting Association estimates that volunteers country-wide contribute over four million hours each year supporting sailing. They are the backbone of sailing clubs, and become involved in a range of activities from taking children for their first experience afloat to tackling club administration or running race management. The annual RYA Community Awards seek to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution or lifetime commitment. Nominations are received from the sailing clubs and organisations themselves and several of this year’s recipients came from the RYA Southern Region which covers Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. Presentations were made in London by HRH The Princess Royal at the RYA’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 13th October 2005.

Paul Daysh has been a valued member of Hill Head Sailing Club, near Lee on the Solent, for over 30 years. He played a key role in the establishment of a structured training programme and attends every session to supervise and offer guidance, always giving his time generously.

John Claisse, from Petersfield, is the Operations Manager for the Hampshire-based Gwennili Trust. He has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to this organisation which provides sailing for the mentally and physically disabled community, particularly ex-service men and women. His dedication and generosity have enabled hundreds to enjoy the experience of sailing.

Annie Littlejohn and Amanda Dingwall are both members at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Throughout her long sailing career, Annie has set a fine example and shown encouragement to all. She instigated a keelboat racing series, served as both a race and safety officer and also stayed ashore at times to run the office. Annie also supports a local children’s sailing club. For 14 years, Amanda has organised the Royal Lymington’s annual Junior Regatta and worked assiduously to help provide excellent training for over 2,000 children.

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