CHRISTCHURCH Sailing Club is hoping voters support its bid to be named the best club in the UK for 2020, with the final deadline for the prestigious poll fast approaching.
It is one of 10 finalists in the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Yachts and Yachting Club of the Year award – which recognises the achievements and effort it takes to run a successful club.
Voting for the accolade began in early December and closes on Monday 27th January. The award will be presented to the overall winner at the RYA Dinghy Show 2020 on Saturday 29th February.
CSC’s honorary secretary, Ted Vary, said: “The commodore, officers, members and staff of Christchurch Sailing Club are deeply honoured and delighted to have been nominated as the south west regional finalist for such a prestigious award.
“It is a tribute to the efforts of all involved in creating the wide variety of activities available to our members and enjoyed by all the local civic, community and charitable organisations who make use of our facilities.”
He added: “Since its foundation in 1874 the club and its racing fleets have been a prominent feature of Christchurch Harbour and bay, and a great attraction for visiting yachtsmen and the many tourists enjoying the delights of this historic town.
“The recognition accorded to us by the RYA and Yachts and Yachting will be a highlight in the annals of our club.”
He stressed the club had a strong family ethos and offered a wide variety of sailing and social activities. It has recently invested in new training and female changing rooms, as well as a lift and disabled toilet with baby changing facilities to help both able and disabled members.
Its junior sponsorship scheme helps young members participate in national, European and world championships, while it supports local charities and civic events and also maintains a security patrol of the local waterways.
The 10 finalists were picked by a panel of RYA members, and the award is sponsored by the Yachts and Yachting magazine.
RYA programmes manager Michelle Gent added: “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”.
To vote for the club visit at https://awards.yachtsandyachting.co.uk/rya