HRH The Princess Royal, President of the Royal Yachting Association, presented Ross ryan our former Commodore, and the present Treasurer with one of the RYA’s most prestigious awards next week in recognition of his exceptional generosity and commitment to the sport at grassroots level. He received an an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, for individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort, at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony on Friday 16 November. Congratulations to Ross – well deserved.
This was a great occasion, Ross, Kathryn and Anne (Ross’s mother – who was a Finn sailor and had a good natter with the Princess about it) went to London and had a highly memorable day.
Ross said: “It was a real pleasure to mix with other volunteers from across the country sharing our stories of personal and club achievements. The RYA organising team put on a polished ceremony covering the formal part of the Associations AGM officiated by HRH Princess Anne who combined humour and focus over the proceedings as our Patron . During the Awards ceremony Princess Anne spoke for sometime with each recipient and in my case she asked how I got into sailing. I was able to explain that I was born into a sailing family and that both my mother & father sailed the Finn – a challenging “Olympic boat” and that my mother was watching in the audience. About half an hour later and after the formal ceremony we retired to an anti-room of the magnificent Civil Engineering Institute building and Princess Anne circulate amongst the guests and when she can to my group with my mother by my side she immediately enquired about her Finn sailing years back in the 70’s & 80’s .. such attention to detail and warm impressed us all. After pre-dinner drinks we sat down at round tables of 10 which enabled us to converse with fellow sailors from across the country. Our table was hosted by John Scott the past RYA chairman and father of 3 Olympians including Giles Scott – the Finn Sailor … needless to say my mother held his attention for most of the meal !