The Yachts & Yachting Awards 2013 have been announced and with thousands of votes cast in more categories than ever before, the 2013 Awards is a testament to the growing popularity of sailing in the UK and across the globe.
The following winners were elected by voters, amongst whom were the readers of Yachts & Yachting, members of the RYA and the general public:
|PHOTO OF THE YEAR||Ian Roman|
|SAILOR OF THE YEAR||Ben Ainslie|
|ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR||David Howlett|
|EVENT OF THE YEAR||The Olympic & Paralympic Games|
|CLUB OF THE YEAR||Royal Southern Yacht Club|
|PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR||Banque Populaire|
|INNOVATION OF THE YEAR||TeamO lifejacket|
|PERFORMANCE BOAT OVER 30FT||Dragonfly 32|
|PERFORMANCE BOAT UNDER 30FT||J/70|
|DINGHY OF THE YEAR||49er FX|
The Commodore and Flag Officers of the Royal Southern Yacht Club have expressed their delight at the Club having been nominated in the first place and to have then been honoured by winning the ‘Club of the Year’ Award rounds off what will be forever remembered as a truly special 175th Anniversary year in 2012.
The Yachts & Yachting Editor, Gael Pawson said: “We’re thrilled to reveal this year’s winners and genuinely think that the public have made some remarkable choices.
“The triumphs of our Team GB sailors at the Olympic and Paralympic Games have done much to raise the profile of sailing in the UK, and I’m confident that the spirit ignited by the Games will continue for many years to come.”
The winners have been formally announced in the February issue of Yachts & Yachting and the Awards drinks reception is being held at the London Boat Show on 17 January. The Club will be represented by Commodore David Mead who will pick up the Award.