Felpham need your vote in sailing club of the year award bid

Felpham Sailing Club has been recognised as a finalist in the prestigious 2020 RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 8:00 am
Felpham Sailing Club - always a hive of activity

The club is one of ten finalists from across the UK selected by the RYA awards panel.

Voting is now open for the annual award, which recognises the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK, promoting the hard work and dedication that goes into running a successful club.

Felpham is a small, family-oriented dinghy sailing club with a strong racing pedigree, and is an excellent sea sailing venue with a sandy beach. It also caters for windsurfers, has very active training centre, a busy social programme and a commitment to contributing to village life.

The club was founded in 1958 and the current clubhouse opened in 1973. In recent years the club has been extensively refurbished and this year a new balcony was added to the front of the clubhouse.

In addition, the club has a fleet of 20 dinghies used for training both young sailors and adults. This year eight new RS Tera sailing dinghies have been added to the training fleet.

A recent focus on adult development and getting more adults racing has worked. The rear commodore development created a strategy including adult race training, an adult novice and intermediate regatta, volunteer training to support racing, and joint Women on Water and Men on Boats race evenings.

This strategy, and a cadet of the month award, all contributed to a 20 per cent increase in racing participation.

The club’s achievements in nurturing the needs of their current membership and looking to the future has led to them being recognised for their innovative and forward thinking.

Guy Mayger, club commodore, said: “To be selected as a finalist in the RYA Club of the Year Awards is a huge achievement for Felpham Sailing Club. Having been a member myself for more than 40 years I have been lucky enough to see the club develop into what it is today.

“Being nominated for this award is testament to the huge amount of work from successive committees and our amazing members, who show a strong volunteer ethos and a willingness to help others.

“Whether that be the keen racers offering advice to those learning the ropes, working parties to maintain the building and club boats, to running social events and helping other groups to enjoy the chance to take to the water.

“The club is also well known at regional and national levels, having hosted many events including the West Sussex School championship in 2019 with 120 competitors taking part, where our cadet sailors won the team prize once again.

“Now we’d like to ask our local community to help us a little bit…. all the finalist clubs have now been put through to a public vote so this is where we need you to give us a little extra push towards the finish line and vote for Felpham. Please visit http://awards.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/felpham-sailing-club/ and vote for your local club.”

RYA programmes manager Michelle Gent said: “The Panel were inspired to see how much activity goes on in clubs all year round and the number of volunteers who go that extra mile to make it all happen. It’s been exciting to see the varied initiatives clubs are using to increase activity and engage their membership.”

Rob Peake, Editor of Yachts & Yachting, added: “We had a tough time whittling down the high standard of entries this year to the shortlist.”

Awards will be presented and the overall winner will be announced at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 on Saturday, February 29. Voting closes on Monday, January 27.