Scotland was very well represented at the National RYA Sailability Annual Awards which took place in Bedfordshire on Saturday 17 February 2018. The Scottish winners, all of whom learnt or do sail at Clyde Muirshiel’s Castle Semple Centre in Lochwinnoch, won three of the five awards on offer. It certainly was a fantastic result.
David Hill, Senior Instructor at Clyde Muirshiel’s Castle Semple Centre said “I’m really proud of all these guys and the effort they have put in. They are an inspiration to us all and it certainly goes to show that disability is no barrier to success.”
The Young Person of the Year Award went to 16 year old Rory McKinna from Stewarton. Rory learnt to sail at Castle Semple in an accessible dinghy.
Rory’s 2017 Results alone make for impressive reading:
Scottish TT Hansa 303 Singles Champion
- Scottish Club Trophy Champion
- GB Hansa Nationals 303 Singles Champion
- Winner of the Endeavour Trophy Hansa Nationals
- RYA Multiclass Regatta Hansa 303 Singles Champion
- Silver Medal representing GB at the European Para Youth Games, Genoa, Italy
- GB sailor on World Sailing Para Development Programme, Meze
- Member of UK Hansa team at Hansa European Championships, Meze, France
Rory has been consistently sailing at a high level for a number of years now with some fantastic results in 2017. He learnt to sail at Castle Semple, doing all his RYA courses with the Castle Semple Instructors using one of their accessible Hansa 303 dinghies, he is still a regular for training sessions and at Regatta’s.
He has also moved into mentoring other young sailors with a disability through Castle Semple and Able2Sail and will continue this through 2018 working with the instructors at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park to drive on development and help grow participation in sailing.