Former Lyme sailor picks up award for Royal Yachting Association

Former Lyme Regis sailor Kate Fortnam (pictured centre) collects the award on behalf of the Royal Yachting Association

A FORMER Lyme Regis youth sailor recently picked up an award in Bermuda on behalf of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). 

Kate Fortnam, daughter of Lyme Regis resident Peter and Lyn Fortnam, collected the award as the RYA was crowned winner of the World 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award at the World Sailing Awards.

Kate was a keen youth sailor with Lyme Regis Sailing Club, where she gained her RYA sailing certificates. She is now manager of The Green Blue, the environmental and sustainability department of the RYA, and recently returned to her hometown club to give a presentation on sustainability.

This award celebrates the effective execution and ongoing delivery of high-impact, highly-replicable sustainability initiatives, aligned to the World Sailing Sustainability Agenda 2030.

Through The Green Blue, the joint environmental initiative with British Marine, the RYA has been delivering cutting-edge sustainability advice to the recreational boating sector since 2005.

Kate commented: “We are thrilled to have won the award to be recognised for the work we have put in to help make recreational boating more sustainable over the past year, building on nearly 15 years of targeted action.”

The RYA was chosen as the overall winner from 20 applicants, taking home a trophy and $10,000 prize fund for its significantly increased commitment to achieving the sustainability objectives laid out in the World Sailing’s Agenda 2030.

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