An Isle of Wight sailor has been presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA in recognition of his commitment to Brading Haven Sailing Club.
Robin Lobb was nominated for an RYA Community Award for outstanding Contribution by his club and has been selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. He received his award at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London last Friday (18th November).
Robin has been key to the success of Brading Haven Yacht Club for the past 12 years, becoming Commodore in 2015. He has contributed to building a healthy Cadet section, a social ‘Come Sail With Us’ programme and a ladies’ sailing group linked with the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign.
In addition, Robin is an Advanced Instructor enabling him to help people out on the water. He designed and helped build the club’s Jubilee Centre, which is used for training and race management and obtained grants for a new safety boat and Pico dinghy.
As Rear Commodore Sailing, Robin successfully built up a fleet of club dinghies and he is the driving force behind RYA OnBoard at the club, linking with schools and scout groups.
BHYC was selected as 1 of the 5 finalists in RYA Club of the Year 2016, partly due to his dedication and positive attitude to making sailing is fun and safe.
“The event last Friday was marvellous. A big thank you should go to all the RYA staff that organised it.
“When I got back to the Island the club had also organised a reception. I am very humbled that the members of Brading Haven, the adjoining clubs and the RYA support staff thought that I should be put forward for such an award. It is an honour and something I hope I can continue to live up to and encourage other members to step forward and volunteer.”