Rudyard Lake Sailing Club has received national recognition for its successful mission to spread the word about sailing in the local community as they were presented with the inaugural RYA Club Communication Award.
Club commodore, Mark Jacot, and President, Tricia Ordsmith, collected the award from the British Sailing Team’s Ben Saxton, who competed at Rio 2016, and Ben Bennett, from award supporters Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Services, at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show on Saturday (4 March).
The Leek club was rewarded for having excelled in embracing digital and more traditional media to better connect and communicate with local people, while introducing new activities to create a powerful support network for novice sailors in improving. The recognition ensured that Rudyard Lake SC was shortlisted for the overall RYA Club of the Year Award for the second year running too.
Introduced in 2007, the annual RYA Club of the Year Award has recognised and promoted the outstanding achievements of sailing clubs across the UK. For the first time this year five new categories – including communication – were introduced to celebrate the individual projects and activities run by clubs that attract people to take to the water and enjoy sailing.
The overall 2017 RYA Club of the Year accolade went to Ullswater Yacht Club, who also won the increasing participation category.
Tricia said: “As a club we’re over the moon about being chosen as a finalist for the RYA Club of the Year for a second time and actually winning the Communication category has been fantastic.”
Rudyard Lake will open its doors for people to try sailing for free on Bank Holiday Monday 1 May, with further ‘have a go’ sessions planned as part of RYA Push The Boat Out later that month too. Its RYA ‘learn to sail’ courses start in June. For more information about how you can get involved at Rudyard Lake SC visit www.rudyardlakesc.org.uk or like Rudyard Lake Sailing Club on Facebook.