A West Sussex sailor will be presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA in recognition of his commitment to the Scouts West Sussex Sea School.
Dick Eager has been nominated for a Lifetime Commitment Award by his organisation and has been selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel. He will receive his award at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony in London on 24 November.
40 years of sailing
Dick has been involved with youth dinghy sailing and powerboating for over 40 years as the Water Sports West Sussex County Activity Representative for the Scouting Association and the Scouts West Sussex Sea School Principal.
He has developed and qualified over 3,000 young sailors, many of whom have become RYA Instructors and/or commercial sailors. He has built up the school’s fleet and opened up RYA training to other sailing clubs within the Shoreham Harbour area and at Weir Wood Sailing Club. Dick’s goal is to get as many young people as possible RYA qualified and into sailing clubs.
Life changing skill
Dick views sailing as a life changing skill that can help young people integrate and develop further. By combining the best of the Scout Association Activity Centre, the Sea School and his own leadership, determination, skill, and commitment, he has benefited the West Sussex community as a whole.
Dick says: “I was surprised and honoured to be nominated for this award and look forward to the presentation on 24th November. I feel privileged to have been able to help in the introduction and furtherance of young people in sailing and water sports”
For more information about how to get out on the water in the London and South East region visit www.rya.org.uk/go/startboating
For more about Scouts West Sussex Sea School visit www.members.westsussexscouts.org.uk/county/active-support-units/sea-school/