John Dowd Treasurer
We are delighted that our nomination of John Dowd
for the RYA's Lifetime Commitment to sailing award was approved and he
was invited to a special presentation dinner with Princess Anne to receive his
Just to prove it here's the photo.The club's citation for John
We wish to nominate John Dowd
for an RYA Community Award for his
lifetime commitment to the development of youth sailing in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, as well as for his
longstanding service on the Management Committees
of Ulley Sailing Club; the National Schools Sailing Association and the RYA Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Committee
.John has served on the USC Management Committee continuously for nigh on 20 years.His
role as Rear Commodore allowed him to indulge his
passion for real ale; as Vice Commodore he
helped to found the club's junior section; and, as Commodore from 1996/98, he
succeeded in expanding the membership of the club and putting it onto a sustainable financial footing - a position which he
has subsequently helped to maintain as a very efficient club Treasurer.He also serves as Treasurer on the Management Committee for the RYA Yorkshire and Humberside Region.
As a teacher in Rotherham, John
became active in both the National Schools Sailing Association
and, in the mid 1980s, was instrumental in establishing the Yorkshire Schools Travellers series to provide a first step for young people in the region towards national competition.Olympian Paul Goodison, and RYA Junior coach Duncan Truswell, as well as John's
own three children, were among the many hundreds of youngsters who subsequently cut their teeth in this series, experiencing venues ranging from open sea to sheltered inland lakes to windswept moorland reservoirs.
remained the principal organiser for this series for a dozen or more years, achieving regular turnouts of 30 or more boats.Such was his
enthusiasm that, for many years, participation in "The Travellers", as well as RYA
and NSSA youth events, was considered virtually compulsory for every eligible youngster at Ulley!In recent years, the management of the series has been taken over by the Yorkshire and Humberside Youth Sailing Association, of which he remains an active member, and it continues to flourish.
After retirement, John
continued to assist Rotherham school teams and regularly ferried them across the country to national regattas and team races.He
currently edits the NSSA's
'School Sailing Matters' and, building on his
previous experience of organising the Redcar regatta, took the lead in bringing NSSA sailing back to the north east coast in 2004, this time hosted by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club
. John continues to sail quite regularly in club competitions and is a qualified sailing and power boat instructor.
It would be particularly appropriate to honour his
lifetime commitment to sailing in this his
65 th birthday year.
...John Dowd Treasurer