On Saturday 4th of January, the Rona Sailing Project held its annual reunion at the Royal Overseas League, and more than 200 volunteers attended along with all staff and a number of Trustees.
We celebrated our achievements over 2019, which was another incredible year for the RSP which included celebrating Donald Searle’s 40th Year of sail training, the oldest purpose-built sailing training vessel in the UK, solely operated by the same organisation since her commissioning. We looked forward to our exciting 2020 season, which includes the International Tall Ships Race in Spain, Portugal and France and planned celebrations to mark our 60th Year of Sail Training. Another fantastic year to look forward to.
While we appreciate the contributions of all of our volunteers, some were recognised for outstanding achievements and commitment in 2019. Watch Leader of the Year was awarded to Abby Nagle-Garne and Watch Officer of the year was awarded to Simon Thompson. The Amelioration Trophy was awarded to Chris McHugh who ensured his crew defined ‘ship-shape and shiny’ after their voyage.
Several volunteers were also recognised for 25 years continued service. Two skippers; Barry Easton-Corke and Steve Burgess were awarded the title of Skipper Emeritus and we extend our sincerest thanks to them.
The Project Director and Trustees would like to extend special thanks to everyone who attended and participated, especially to Ann for organising yet another great reunion.
We sincerely look forward to seeing everyone in 2020, in this our 60th year of Sail Training.