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Two SCSC Members Gain Prestigious Awards.

Two South Cerney Sailing Club members have been honoured with prestigious Royal Yachting Association awards at a ceremony in London, presented by HRH the Princess Royal; President of the RYA.
Paul Kimmens received the RYA’s ‘National Volunteer Award’, and Honorary Member, Bob Penfold, received the ‘Lifetime Commitment Award’.
Paul has made an enormous contribution to our club over many years.  He’s been a huge driving force at the club and has been the instigator and leader of many club initiatives including our ‘Member’s Day’, ‘Super Saturday’, and ‘Race Officer Training’.  He’s taken charge of installing our security systems, replacing our pontoon, acquiring and installing our storage unit, establishing our ‘WindGuru’ weather station.  He’s also served two terms as Commodore, and has been Sailing Secretary, Vice Commodore, Duties Manager and Powerboat Bosun.  He’s a National Mark layer and was part of the team helping to run the 2012 Olympics.  He’s also a Regional Race Officer and judge; involved in events all over the UK.
Bob Penfold, was a hugely active, prominent, and influential member of our club and, amongst many other things, served two terms as our Commodore.   Some time ago, he moved to Torquay, where he immediately became equally involved with the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.  
He is said to be always the friendly face at RTYC, encouraging volunteers to get involved, and warmly welcoming new members. He’s said to be a linchpin, serving in a variety of crucial roles, and as Commodore he brought financial stability to the club, laying the foundations for its current success, which ultimately led to it being awarded RYA Club of the Year in 2019.
It’s an honour and a pleasure to know both Paul and Bob, and I’m sure all will be delighted to know that they've been recognised and awarded for all they’ve done for the clubs and for the world of sailing.

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Malcolm Stone
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