David and Margaret Burnham awarded RYA Lifetime Award

We are delighted to announce that David and Margaret have been awarded an RYA Lifetime Award for their contribution to RLSC. They both remain active members of the club racing an Albacore, and also kindly loaning us each year their previous boat (an Enterprise) for the Southport race. David is presently our Training Principal and also is a very active member of the Managment Committee looking after things such as the lease, policies, and is our source of all knoweldge on the rules and what we can and cannot do – most of the rules of the club have very good reasons behind them, and David usually knows the answer! Below is the text of the submission for the award.

The award will be presented to them by HRH Princess Anne at a formal dinner in London in November. The picture shows the 2016 award dinner where another member – Geoff Holmes was recognised.

David has been on the Committee of Management for over 25 years and continues to be an active member of this committee. He was Vice Commodore in 1989-90, Commodore in 1991-92 and he became President in 1998, a post he carried out for 13 years.  In 2016 he took on the role as Principal. His experience and knowledge is valued as much today as it has been for the last 25 years.

Following 18 months detailed consultation and assessment by the members of the club David completed the clubs first 5 year plan (1996-2002), he also led the creation of the Memorandum and Articles of Association. All of these documents formed part of the Lottery Grant application for the new clubhouse, which was approved in 1999. Throughout the re-build of our new clubhouse David and Margaret were instrumental in maintaining an active club with racing and training supported with a galley and bar from 2 port- a-cabins. The new clubhouse was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 27th June 2003.

During our most recent rent review, David led a small team of members who successfully negotiated a much reduced increase in rent. David’s input and persuasive arguments backed by data were key to achieving this outcome.

In his new role as Principal, David has already started updating our records and ensuring we have an efficient electronic record of training qualifications and training documentation.

Margaret Burnham, David’s wife, was a member of the House and Social committees for approximately 20 years ensuring that all of the members were kept fed and enjoyed a variety of social events, even during the club’s rebuild, which was key to maintaining a vibrant club. One of the main requirements to maintain a state of the art sailing facility is to generate income from other sources. Margaret ran the facilities letting for several years, which continues to be an important stream of income helping to keep down the cost of membership fees.

David and Margaret Burnham have sailed together at the club for over 30 years, mainly in an Enterprise but more recently in an Albacore. They introduced both of their daughters and later their grandsons to sailing.  One of their daughters and her two boys still sail at the club and help with the junior training section even after they relocated to Derby. David and Margaret are one of those couples who always go out of their way to make new people welcome to the club and encourage them to go sailing.

David and Margaret have made a massive contribution to the development of Rudyard Lake Sailing Club over the last 25 years and we feel they are deserving of recognition for the impact they have had for both the club and the sport.