Nadina wins prestigious RYA award

Nadina Lincoln who many will know from sailing a Scorpion at the club, was a Commodore at the club, but not only that she is a well respected national judge and regional officer, training race officers and running rules seminars. She is regularly doing results and providing rules advice at the club.

The club put her forward for an RYA Lifetime commitment award in April, but she went one better than that and the RYA National panel awarded her the Regional award, presented to outstanding individuals for their commitment and services to boating and the RYA at a regional level. Modest as ever she thought this was less important than the Outstanding Commitment, it is not, and is almost certainly the highest Volunteer award we have had at the club. 

This the citation we wrote, with thanks to the many contributors who had to keep it a secret for several months!

Nadian after sailing last week

“Nadina has been an active part of the club since 1995 when she joined Notts County SC from Newark Argonaughts. She started sailing on the Broads as a child then sailed at Cambridge and on moving to Nottingham at Trent SC, she was at the time one of the only female helms. Nadina is someone who exemplifies that sailing is a sport for life, but she not only enjoys her sailing she gives so much back to the sport.

Nadina still races competitively in her Scorpion and her crew describes her as a great helm to crew for, being competitive and fun. She enjoys mentoring less experienced sailors. Sailing runs in the family, her son is Scorpion National champion and daughter a very competent sailor. She is a qualified National Judge and spends many weekends supporting large and small events round the country. Nadina has also been a dinghy instructor.

At Notts County Nadina is our rules and protest expert, running race officer and arbitration training and protest committees and rules seminars, along with results co-ordinator. She is always ready to explain any rules when asked. She was Commodore from 1999 to 2001 and on the Executive Committee and Sailing Committee for many years in various roles.

She is often Race Officer for the clubs the larger open meetings (30 plus boats) with her husband William, they work very much as a team in the committee boat.

Nationally and regionally in the RYA Nadina is very active, though now being in her 70s she is starting to cut down on some of her commitments. She is an RYA National judge, a post she has held since 2004, as well as being a national race officer from 2007 to 2016, and is currently a regional Race Officer. She has used this knowledge to Instruct Race Officials Courses for the RYA and also Club Courses.

Gareth Brookes, the RYA Regional Development Officer Manager said: “ I wanted to write to support the nomination of Nadina Lincoln for an RYA Lifetime Volunteer Award. As the RDO for the Midlands I worked alongside Nadina for around 12 years. Throughout this time she actively supported the clubs in the region as a Rules Advisor. She always wanted to do more to support the clubs and her only frustration was that more clubs did not want more support with race management or rules advice! I always received great feedback from the sessions that she delivered.”

She was an excellent and respected Scorpion class chairman for four years, and organised the National Championships for a number of years, remaining on the Class Association committee.

Nadina has spent a lifetime not only enjoying sailing, but passing on that enjoyment, especially on the racing side to others and Notts County Sailing Club are delighted to put her forward for a Lifetime Commitment Award on behalf of the RYA Region and the Club.”

Congratulations from us all, it is likely there will be an awards ceremony at the club, if we can organise one with social distancing before Christmas, we are awaiting communication from the RYA, unfortunately the lunch in London with Princess Anne is not taking place this year.

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