Honour for sailor who 'revitalised' Northumberland Yacht Club
A sailor from Whitley Bay is to receive a top award in recognition of his achievements, that include revitalising yacht club racing.
Tony Freeth, of The Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, is to receive an RYA Volunteer Award from HRH The Princess Royal, President of the RYA, at an awards ceremony in London on November 22.
Tony was nominated for a Lifetime Commitment award by the yacht club, where members said his boundless energy and sense of humour had injected new life in to activities.
A member of the Blyth club since 1977, he served on the General Committee, then in every flag officer position apart from that of Secretary.
Currently Sailing Secretary, his novel approach has revitalised club racing, which has gone from near extinction to a fleet of up 12 cruising yachts, that continues to grow.
Tony, 71, who used to run Gladston’s Model Shop in North Shields, has also helped to build a replica lantern for the club ship, and was instrumental in founding a fundraising club folk group called The Blistering BaRNYCles. He is now supporting a new shanty group.
He said of his time with the club: “The more you put in, the more you get out. I wouldn’t want to just sail and go home. There’s a lot more to a membership club than that, it’s a community.”
To find out more about the club visit https://rnyc.org.uk/ or to discover how to get started in sailing go to www.rya.org.uk/go/StartBoating