A Hampton Hill, Middlesex sailor will be presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA in recognition of his commitment to Queen Mary Sailing Club (QMSC).
Andrew Craig was nominated for an Outstanding Contribution Award by his club and has been selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. He will receive his award at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London on 21 November.
In nominating Andrew QMSC said of him:” A calm inspiring leader, Andrew is an extraordinary ambassador for the club and for sailing. Andrew joined QMSC over 20 years ago as an associate sailing member and windsurfer, going on to spend more time in dinghies ranging from Lasers to International 14s.
“A strong supporter of QMSC's Youth and Sailability programmes, Andrew has ensured QMSC develops sailors of all ages and abilities. Recognising some sailors aren't keen to race, Andrew initiated the successful Saturday Club, bringing sailors together to practice techniques, try racing and enjoy social sailing in a friendly group.
“However his influence in racing has also been significant. As its Event Director, the iconic Bloody Mary pursuit race has flourished, culminating in its inclusion in the Sail Juice Winter Series. While as chair of the Great Lakes group he has promoted major changes in inland sailing, driving the development of handicaps for flat water racing.
“Andrew is retiring as Commodore of QMSC after three successful years during which he has driven change and development within the club whilst maintaining membership during challenging times.”
Andrew said of his selection: “I was really surprised and a bit embarrassed to hear that I had been nominated for an RYA Award, and especially for doing something I enjoy. The Saturday Club social sailing at Queen Mary is the best fun, and would not work without the team of organisers involved.
“All the clubs hosting winter championships have worked hard in recent years, with encouragement from the RYA, to make their racing fairer and more competitive by adjusting the handicaps used. I have found it nerve wracking but really rewarding to see the success we have all had here.
“I am looking forward to the awards lunch to hear the stories of other winners - and hopefully come away from the event with a good souvenir photo.”
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