Paul Schroeder (front right in picture) has been awarded an RYA Community award for Lifetime Commitment.
Inspirational volunteers were recognised by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal as a total of 53 awards were bestowed upon volunteers from across the UK on Friday 20 November.
Paul is probably the longest serving member still sailing regularly at QMSC, his continuing engagement is unmatched.
He has filled a multitude of voluntary roles: Council Member, Sailing Committee member, Facilities Committee chair, Chief Sailing Officer, Rear Commodore (2010-2013), and Principal Race Officer And he contributes professionally as sailing and powerboat instructor and driver, and, crucially, stepping in some while back, to fill a sudden gap, as Commercial Manager.
Paul is a regular on the club race start line in a 2.4M. If not racing, he is often on the Committee Boat or driving a safety boat.
Now Principal Race Officer, he ensures QMSC is able to host the largest and most complex events and frequently assists and advises visiting ROs on the water. Running RO training, Paul delivers detailed teaching in a calm, approachable style, encouraging ROs to develop a highly professional approach to race organisation. He is on QMSC’s handicapping team.
Paul has been involved with The Bloody Mary for 35 years: on start and finish boats, as Finish Team Leader, and as Race Director, running the UK’s largest inland dinghy race. Paul has brought his usual calm and decisive approach to these high pressure roles, enabling those around him to cope with the day’s demands.
Paul has played a key voluntary role in innumerable club improvements. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of the club’s fabric he is turned to as the ‘corporate memory’ for advice, information and inspiration. He continues to drive development in facilities on and off water, working next to improve accessibility and launching, with plans for improved pontoons and clubhouse.
He continues to teach young and old in dinghies and powerboats, passing his enthusiasm to everyone he teaches, and is a regular in the club racing powerboat safety team.
Paul brings a wise head and a cool, calm approach to everything he does. Staff, volunteers, Council, and Flag Officers go to him for his considered opinion and advice; he has been a valued mentor to some of the younger staff members and I personally have found his continuing support extremely valuable.
Please join us in congratulating him on this well -deserved award.