Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy (WPNSA) recently hosted a dinner for their event volunteers to thank them for their help in 2015.  It was well attended and gave Peter Allam, WPNSA Chief Executive, the opportunity to outline the plans and upcoming events for the Academy this year.  WPNSA were also able to use this opportunity to acknowledge two key volunteers that were recognised for their dedication to sailing at the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Volunteer Awards at a luncheon in London in November.
 
Jeny Newton has been an integral part of the Academy since its inception.  Along with her husband Frank, Jeny has been widely involved in race management including being Time Keeper on the 470 course at the 2012 Olympic Games and lending their own boat Sorebones as a committee boat for events.  Jeny has helped to train many other volunteers with her expertise and skills, as well as having been a keen sailor herself.
 
Alun Morgan started as a safety driver on events, working up to Course Safety Leader and now is also an Event Safety Officer.  In his role, Alun runs power boat training to develop the the skills of other volunteers as well as ensuring they are fully briefed on the safety requirements at each event.  Unfortunately, Alun was unable to attend the luncheon by the RYA in London so Frank Newton collected the award on his behalf.  Frank was delighted to present Alun his award at the Volunteers Dinner.
 
Peter Allam commented “We are delighted that two of our key volunteers have been recognised by the RYA for their commitment to the WPNSA.  We rely heavily on the time and expertise of our volunteers in order to run world class sailing events and the quality of our volunteers and their friendly attitude is always commented on by the classes that use us. I wish to personally thank them all for their continued support.”
 
If you are interested in volunteering for events at WPNSA, further information is available from: www.wpnsa.org.uk/volunteering
 
For more information on the RYA Volunteering Awards, please see: http://www.rya.org.uk/about-us/rya-awards/Pages/rya-volunteer-awards.aspx
 
Jeny Newton receives her Lifetime Commitment RYA Volunteering Award from HRH The Princess Royal © Jeny Newton
Frank & Jeny Newton talking to HRH The Princess Royal © Jeny NewtonFrank Newton Presents Alun Morgan his Outstanding Contribution RYA Volunteering Award with Peter Allam © Trudy Davies