RYA Award for Richard Thompson
Published 16:35 on 13 Dec 2021
One of our own has been recognised by the RYA for his outstanding commitment and services to boating at a national level. The citation for his award is below, and as sailors and members we offer our thanks to Richard for his hard work for our benefit, and congratulations for this well-deserved award.
Richard Thompson was first appointed to the RYA Racing Rules Committee in 1998 and became Vice Chair in 2002. He has led the Committees Submissions Sub-Team and was appointed onto the ISAF Racing Rules Committee in 2005. Since then, he has been the key contact in the rules submission process, as well as serving as the Principal Official of the UK Team Racing Association for over ten years.
Responsible for organising the National Team Racing Championships for many years for the Prince Philip Trophy, and chaired both the Team Racing Working Party (since 2009) and the Racing Rules Working Party (since 2013) of World Sailing, stepping down only this year. He has also supported and shown exceptional commitment to team racing, volunteering at many school, university and club team racing events as an umpire.
Richard has attended nearly 200 RYA committee meetings in London, always demonstrating diligence and attention to detail. His contribution has had a significant impact on the sport of sailing, both nationally and internationally.
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