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February 2021

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October 2020

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April 2020

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Cruising Association

Hallberg Rassy Owners Association

Royal Yachting Association

Royal Cruising Club

Royal Meteorological Society

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I am a member of the Cruising Association which provides much information on a mutual exchange basis. The CA has a number of awards for such voluntary work. In 2004 and in 2009 (jointly with John Calver) , I received the Brittain Cup for "Pilotage Information" In 2017, I was most pleased to receive the Michael Manton Plate. This is for “Giving exceptional help to section members.”

I am a member of the Hallberg Rassy Owners Association, a most friendly group of sailors with superb yachts. In 2002 they kindly gave me the Christoph Rassy Endeavour Trophy for a "Significant contribution to yachting."

I have been a Royal Yachting Association member for many years as a dinghy sailor and a cruising yachtsman. I have a Yachtmaster (Offshore) certificate. In 2004, I received the RYA Community Award "Services to the World of Yachting".
In 2007, I received the Royal Cruising Club Medal for "Services to Cruising". With such previous winners as K Adlard Coles, Blondie Hasler, the Hiscocks and Olin Stephens I am clearly in very good company and very honoured indeed.

I am very pleased to have been associated with the Conference of Cruising Clubs. Together with the RYA the CYCC does much unsung work for the cruising sailor. The CYCC comprises those yacht clubs and associations in the British Isles that provide sailing directions ie the ASA, BCYA, CCC, CA, FYCA, ICC, NWVYC, OCC, RCC, RCC Pilotage Foundation, RNSA, RNYC and RYS. Regrettably, the CYCC has ceased to function.


I am a longstanding member of the Royal Meteorological Society. In 2003 they awarded me their Michael Hunt Prize and Life Membership of the Society for "Increasing the understanding of meteorology among the sailing community". Winner the previous time was my old friend, and colleague as a senior forecaster with the Met Office, David Houghton. David is nonpareil in the matter of weather for racing sailors and did much good work helping sailors to win Olympic gold.