RYA Volunteer Awards annual ceremony was held at One Great George Street on Friday 19th November 2021 and presided over by HRH The Princess Royal, president of the RYA.

Our very own Ken Porter was presented an RYA Volunteer Award for Outstanding Contribution.

"Ken has volunteered at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), and Chesil Sailability, since 2013.  He is known to thousands of competitors in his role as lead operator of the ‘Bridge’, radio room, providing the vital link between on the waterand ashore.

Typically, the first volunteer on site each day, it is not unusual for him also to be the last to leave. His calm, level-headed and diplomatic approach is one of his greatest attributes at the many events hosted at WPNSA, including the Youth Nationals, Olympic Class regattas and RYA Sailability events. He is always fully in tune with the academy’s procedures and expectations.

At the heart of the Bridge team, Ken is a reassuring presence, with the ability to keep ahead of incidents, making sure that the entire race management team can maintain awareness of developing situations. His reassuring voice over the PA system is instantly recognisable."

Huge congratulations to Ken for his well deserved award.


Photo © RYA Paul Wyeth