Staunton Harold Sailing Club crowned RYA Club of the Year 2014.
Victory has finally come to Derbyshire’s Staunton Harold Sailing Club, named RYA Club of the Year 2014 this weekend.
The popular club has been a finalist three years in a row, but this time gleefully received their award from the British Sailing Team’s Megan Pascoe and RYA CEO Sarah Treseder at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, on Saturday 1st March.
Staunton Harold SC was picked as the overall winner from the five finalists including Brightlingsea Sailing Club, Horning Sailing Club, Sussex Yacht Club and Ulley Sailing Club.
An experienced awards panel judged them on the range of quality and safe activities they provide, how they encourage people to get out on the water and good governance and club management.
Achievements of Staunton Harold SC
Staunton Harold has an enviable record of attracting people to, and keeping them, sailing. The club has generated a 50% increase in membership over the past three years, thanks to its friendly, welcoming ethos, range of RYA training courses, work with schools and the local community and significant programme of facilities investment, totalling £150,000 to date.
Judges loved the way that those who sail at Staunton Harold have countless opportunities to improve their skills, take part in competitive racing and make the most of the club’s buzzing social scene.
Nick Waters, Staunton Harold Commodore said: “I’m struggling to find the right words, it’s a fantastic feeling. We have got this far for the past two years so winning and picking up the trophy is tremendous.”
RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts said: “Over recent years Staunton Harold Sailing Club have focussed on developing both its facilities and the activities they offer. They continually revisit their club development plan, review their achievements and aspirations, and plan for the future. The club have worked hard to develop and maintain great links with their local community and ensure that everyone visiting the club receives a warm and friendly welcome".