Feb 12 2013 by Iain Howie, Perthshire Advertiser
Loch Tummel Sailing Club has been shortlisted alongside Scotland’s top sailing clubs, volunteers and instructors who have made an outstanding commitment to the sport in 2012 for the RYA Scotland’s Annual Awards.
It is in the running for RYA Scotland Club of the Year, sponsored by ICOM UK.
Loch Tummel is a club with an active membership, attracting sailors from as far afield as the Black Isle and the north of England.
A friendly family club with high level racing many of its members travel to events in the UK and worldwide, most turn out to volunteer to support the club’s many ventures.
The club supports the national performance programme, with four in development teams – amongst them is them Jamie Calder, one of the most successful youngsters in GBR - and six attending class academies.
Members Mark Barron and Iain Calder are both involved in national squad coaching and class academies.
The club works hard to increase participation. Last season we saw more families out regularly and joining in with the Sunday racing. Tummel Week, the open family sailing week has continually brought in new members.
London Olympics silver medal winning sailor Luke Patience will announce the awards winners at a special dinner in Largs on Saturday, February 23, during RYA Scotland’s Big Weekend boat show.
Judging this year’s awards are a distinguished panel: twice Olympic gold-medal winning sailor Shirley Robertson OBE; Mike Hay MBE, British Olympic Association’s Head of Winter Sport Engagement and sportscotland board member; and Chris Tiso, CEO at Tiso Group Ltd, and sponsor of British team member Charlotte Dobson in her 2012 Olympic campaign. All shortlisted have been invited to the dinner along with a guest.