Monday, November 11, 2019
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Sascha out on the water

Skye Sailing Club and teenager member Sacha MacInnes are hoping to bring top honours back to the island in the new year.

For both have found themselves amongst the nominations for the forthcoming RYA Scotland Annual awards.

The sailing club is one of just three to be nominated for the prestigious RYA Scotland Club of the Year title while Sasha, 17, gained popular support locally as she tried to raise money to cover the costs of her volunteer work in Kenya. She has been nominated for the RYA Scotland Elizabeth Mackay Award

Announcing the nominations the RYA said: "The 2016 season has been an extremely busy and successful one so it is great to reflect at this time of year on all the hard work, commitment and achievements that have come from all areas of our sport and from across all of Scotland.

"The Annual Awards dinner will be taking place at the Glasgow Science Centre on Saturday 28 January 2016 at 7pm and we hope as many people as possible from the Scottish sailing community will be able to join us.

“The Annual Awards are good opportunity for us to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with our sport for all the work they do to make our sport one that is accessible and enjoyable for all.

"The nomination process is one that always brings to light a number of stories and accounts of great people and impressive work being done across the country at all different levels. From our young sailors training hard to make GB programmes, volunteers committed to outstanding club programmes and people taking on the challenge of a lifetime, it is hard not to feel inspired when you read through them all.

“We look forward to announcing the winners and getting the opportunity to give all the people shortlisted a well-deserved round of applause but we do also recognise that these nominations are just a fraction of what is going on across our communities. Our sport wouldn’t function without the many volunteers and RYA Scotland couldn’t operate without the support of its members so we are extremely thankful to all of those people," commented Claire Caffrey from RYA Scotland.

The shortlisted nominees are as follows:

RYA Scotland Club of the Year
Annandale Sailing Club
Dundee Sailing Club
Skye Sailing Club

RYA Scotland Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Clyde Challenger
Chris Nichol and Dawn Macrae from Largs Sailing Club
Judy Warburton from Loch Venachar Sailing Club
William Forteith from Oban Sailing Club

RYA Scotland Young Person of the Year
Catie Warburton from Loch Venachar Sailing Club
Jamie Paterson from Findhorn Marina
Rory McKinna from Clyde Cruising Club

RYA Scotland Elizabeth Mackay Award
Bess Homer from Dalgety Bay Sailing Club
Laura Cammidge from Clyde Cruising Club Dinghy Section
Sacha MacInnes from Skye Sailing Club

RYA Scotland Coach of the Year
Alasdair Young
Anna Burnet
Nathan Forrester

RYA Scotland Instructor of the Year
Calum Nicol
Christopher Jones
Dalgety Bay Sailing Club Training Team

RYA Scotland Official of the Year
Charles Darley from Royal Northern Clyde Yacht Club
David Kent
Tom Thurlow

RYA Scotland Class Academy Sailor of the Year
Ewan Wilson from WORMIT Boat Club
Jennifer Wesley from Loch Venachar Sailing Club
William O’Keefe from Loch Lomond Sailing Club

RYA Scotland Youth Sailor of the Year
Andrew Brown
Calum Bell from Helensburgh Sailing Club and Loch Lomond Sailing Club
Jamie Calder from Loch Tummel SC/Royal Forth YC

RYA Scotland Performance of the Year
Dara O’Malley
Daniel Smith
Luke Patience


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