Royal appointment for two dedicated sailors

Two local sailors are to be presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards – the outstanding contribution award to sailing – by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA.

TWO local sailors are to be presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards – the outstanding contribution award to sailing – by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA.

Ros Lamb, from Ashford, was nominated in recognition of her commitment to Littleton PhabSail, a ‘lodger’ club at Littleton Sailing Club in Shepperton while Roger Bennett from Wraysbury is to receive the award for his work with the Silver Wing Sailing Club.

Both sailors were selected as winners by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel and will receive their awards at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London on November 21.

In nominating Ros Lilttleton PhabSail said of her: “For over 15 years, Ros has volunteered for Littleton PhabSail, providing sailing for children, young people and adults with disabilities and/or special needs, their family, friends and carers.

“As Activities Co-ordinator, she makes sure each session is well organised, safe and compliant with all good practice requirements and is very good at encouraging people to become volunteers. Ros is also secretary and a Trustee and has recruited volunteers to join the Trustee Board and led fundraising activities to ensure adequate money is available to cover costs.

“She is often found hosting informal fundraising events at LSC, including invites to afternoon tea and cakes with the Mayor.

“Her work goes further afield as well, organising regular trips for Littleton Phabsail members in the Solent.

Ros said:  “I was very excited and thrilled to find out that I had won the award, I couldn’t have done it without the hard work and support from the Littleton Phabsail volunteers.”

Roger Bennett was nominated by the Silver Wing SC who said of him: “Although Roger has a longstanding record of service to the club, it is his outstanding work over the last four years that is responsible for transforming the club into the vibrant, successful organisation it is today.

“On becoming Commodore in 2010, Roger’s mission was for the club SC to gain recognised RYA Training Centre status and market the club more locally as a volunteer-run family focused club, large enough to take new asymmetric performance dinghies as well as the traditional classes.

“Within two years he had spearheaded the establishment of the Wing Cadets junior club and cajoled more members to train or re-train as RYA Dinghy, Senior and Powerboat Instructors.

He also threw himself growing the club’s facilities, obtaining new storage containers, grants for new and used training craft (RS Visions), and a new concrete jetty are amongst his many successes. “

Roger said of his selection: “I was very surprised when I heard I had won the award. I’ve always been active at the club because I love to see the club succeed. I had never considered whether anyone was looking out for me or what I do at the club.

“My wife says she deserves an award for putting up with my not being at home for years! I am looking forward to the day and chuffed that I will meet Princess Anne.”

For more information about sailing in the Thames Valley and London region visit:
http://www.rya.org.uk/regions/thamesvalley/Pages/ThamesValleyRegion.aspx

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