THERE WAS double delight as two borough sailors were handed a prestigious award for their commitment to the sport.
David Ingram, from Earlswood and Peter Smerdon, from Balsall Common, were given with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) lifetime commitment award by The Princess Royal, Princess Anne at a ceremony in London.
David was recognised for his outstanding contribution to Earlswood Lakes sailing club over the past 40 years.
Peter, a founder member of the Heart of England Offshore Cruising Association 25 years ago, was honoured for helping to make offshore sailing accessible for people living in the region.
The RYA is boating’s national governing body and the Volunteer Awards are considered the MBEs of the sport, honouring people throughout the UK for their outstanding contributions across all the disciplines the RYA represents, including sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, inland waterways and personal watercraft.
Alistair Dickson, RYA director of sport development, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of our sport.
“The ceremony was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work our volunteers do to support boating activity in all forms throughout the UK.
“All of the stories behind these special people have been truly inspiring to hear and it’s really an honour to be able to say thank you and celebrate their amazing achievements.”
Before the awards presentation, RYA CEO, Sarah Treseder, presented Her Royal Highness with pair of marine binoculars on behalf of the RYA’s Members to mark her 30 years as President of the RYA.