We are very pleased to announce that Geoff Holmes has been awarded a RYA Lifetime achievement award. Geoff will be off to London with Brenda to receive this award in November from Princess Anne. It marks many years leading and supporting our wonderful sailing club. Rather than list his achievements, here is a short email from a past member who knows him well and came down to race an Enterprise on Trophy Day/Diamond Celebration weekend.
Just a quick note, firstly to say many, many congratulations on your RYA award – so well deserved – and I hope you and Brenda have a wonderful experience at the Volunteer Awards. Hopefully we shall read all about it on the website/Facebook page or wherever!
Secondly, thank you for facilitating such an enjoyable day last Sunday. I had a super time (and have the bruises to prove it). Those 35+years since l last raced at Rudyard just fell away when l got in the boat (even if it was an Ent haha!). I bet you never thought you’d see this loyal N12 sailor in an Enterprise did you? Just goes to show that one should never say never! But seriously, please pass on my thanks to all concerned’ particularly to Dave Burnham who spent time helping use set the boat up etc. and also to the gentleman (Paul?? [Gimson – Ed.]- so many new names/faces!!) who will be sailing it at Southport. He was very helpful when we were baffled by some of the “new fangled stuff”‘ The current members we spoke to were without exception unfailingly chatty and helpful with launching, explanations of new racing procedures etc… just a wonderful day all round, and I remember thinking that my Dad would have been smiling to know that the friendly and welcoming ethos of those very early days has stood the test of time. It’s always lovely to catch up with past members’ so i must say thanks again Geoff – without your effort and enthusiasm I know these events would not be the success that they’ve become over the years.
And finally, good luck to all those heading to Southport – I hope you all have an enjoyable and successful trip this weekend.
continue be in a healthy financial position and have a very successful junior section.