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17 Nov 2016

Congratulations to Nigel and Diane Pepperdine on their RYA Outstanding Contribution Award

RYA award winners

Staunton Harold SC sailing couple - Nigel and Diane Pepperdine - are set to 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 their commitment to the sailing club.

Nigel and Diane Pepperdine will receive an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award, which recognises individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution, either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort, at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony in London next Friday (18 November).

The Pepperdines joined Staunton Harold SC in Melbourne in 2005 and have each taken on many important volunteer roles over the years to help many local people go sailing regularly. Diane is currently the club’s Membership Secretary, keeping tabs on 250 memberships annually, and Nigel is in charge of the club's hire fleet, keeping these boats and the club’s training dinghies in good working order so newcomers can borrow boats at low cost.

They are both keen racing sailors and have hosted two one-week Open Meetings for the British Moth class, while Nigel serves as the RS200 Fleet Captain. They have won many club series events between them too, while also organising the catering for many events and functions for which they buy provisions, cook and clean up.

As true ambassadors for Staunton Harold SC and the sport of sailing, the couple, who live in Kirby Muxloe just over the Leicestershire border, are always cheerful and helpful and warmly welcome new or potential sailors of all ages, showing them how to get into the sport and get the most out of it. Their commitment to both Staunton Harold and sailing is outstanding.

Diane said: “Our reaction to receiving the award was a complete surprise. We are just two of many people who sail and enjoy Staunton Harold SC. There are countless other members who give their time and volunteer to the running of our club who we feel are equal, if not more qualified, than ourselves to receive such an award."

Nigel added: “The sport of sailing has given us many things. Perhaps the most important being countless friends from the South of England, Wales, Scotland and, of course, the Midlands where we have lived for the last 11 years."  

The Pepperdines were nominated for their award by their club and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. For more information about how to get out on the water in the Midlands visit www.rya.org.uk/go/startboating