Pair sail off with a community award

Mike Shipway receives his award from HRH The Princess Royal.
Mike Shipway receives his award from HRH The Princess Royal.

Two local sailing volunteers have been honoured for their dedication.

Quentin Mitchell, from Whitley Bay, and Mike Shipway, from Tynemouth, were among four volunteers presented with RYA (Royal Yachting Association) Community Awards by HRH The Princess Royal.

Quentin has spent a lifetime sailing for pleasure.

A member of Royal Northumberland Yacht Club (RNYC) for 58 years, Quentin, with his brother Rodney, published the RNYC Sailing Directions, an almanac and guiding light for the thousands of boats that navigate the north east coast.

Mike has been sailing for over 50 years and has been a member of Tynemouth Sailing Club since 1971.

He is now the club’s training principal, responsible for all aspects of planning and managing training.

Mike has been instrumental in expanding the role of training to help develop the club’s younger members.

In the past few years, Mike has set about renovating the Tynemouth Sailing Club building.

Significant funding from the SITA Trust and the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund has resulted in improvements and an upgrading of facilities, which now provide a strong foundation for future sailing opportunities in Tynemouth.

RYA Sport development manager Duncan Truswell said: “The RYA Volunteer Awards are all about celebrating the commitment of the countless volunteers who do fantastic work to support our sport.

“These people are the lifeblood of our sport; they keep our sailing clubs, events and our organisations thriving and make it possible for others to get out on the water.”