Although the club has been closed for the winter, members have been busy collecting a series of national awards. In November, long-serving member and current treasurer Rob Watson was presented with a Royal Yachting Association lifetime commitment award by Princess Anne in London. Rob has been a club member for more than 39 years, taking an active part in the sailing, social and management aspects of the club.
In January, club officials were back in London at the Boat Show to receive Yachts and Yachting magazine’s Club of the Year 2017 Award. UYC beat four other shortlisted clubs in the country to win the award for the way it recovered from the flooding of December 2015 and went on to have a hugely successful season. Ullswater Sailing School Principal and longstanding club member David Clarke, was honoured in February as winner of the national nautical initiative, The Old Pulteney Maritime Heroes Awards. David was nominated by friends and colleagues at UYC, who paid tribute to the decades of service, hard work and enthusiasm he has contributed to build the success of the club and the sailing school. Then to top it all, the club was crowned ‘best in the country’ again in March, winning the prestigious RYA Club of the Year 2017 Award at the Dinghy Show in London. UYC had been shortlisted for the award in the ‘increasing participation’ category.
“This winter has been amazing for the club, and we are all delighted and proud to be recognised nationally. None of these awards would have been possible without the commitment of all our club volunteers who work so hard. We are looking forward to another successful sailing season at UYC, both on and off the water,” said Commodore Peter Lewis.
The first big event of the year is the Easter Regatta from April 15-17 when the club will welcome visitors to compete in three days of competition.
(Sue Giles 21.3.17)