Welsh sailor, Dani Rowe has been named as the receiver of the RYA Yachtmaster® of the Year award for her extraordinary demonstration of sailing techniques for the duration of her RYA Yachtmaster certification of competence examination.

Rowe, aged 25, an aerosystems engineer officer in the Royal Air Drive (RAF), was offered with the prestigious trophy by Richard Falk, RYA director of schooling and skills, on Wednesday 14 July at RAF Wittering in Peterborough.

“This is an fantastic achievement and one particular Dani ought to be particularly happy of,” claims Falk. “There have been a lot more than 3,000 people today who undertook the test for the RYA Yachtmaster certificate of competence in 2019.  The calibre was incredibly superior but Dani set in the strongest overall performance, demonstrating all of the capabilities and characteristics we search for in prospective RYA Yachtmasters.”

Rowe comments: “I mainly sail in the Solent, but am lucky to be primarily based close to Rutland Drinking water at the minute so consider to get out dinghy sailing as much as I can through the week. I’m genuinely blessed currently being in the Royal Air Force as I can sail as component of my job. They are truly supportive and allow for a good deal of time to get out on the drinking water.

“I obtain sailing so releasing and experience actually content though on the h2o. It’s the blend of becoming able to be definitely peaceful even though cruising but also getting equipped to tweak just about every manage to squeeze more pace out of the boat. Just about every race or outing is distinct, and you’re usually kept on your toes.”

The RYA Yachtmaster of the Calendar year award is presented each yr to an specific who has shown remarkable capabilities and knowledge as a skipper, and successfully shown their experience and expertise all through their certification of competence test. 

In the nomination for the award, Dani’s RYA Yachtmaster examiner, Carl Loaded, stated: “What amazed me most was not just Dani’s self esteem and precision in handling the boat, but also her skill to program exceptionally immediately and properly.

“She shown her capability in a calm, regarded as method although sailing in very screening climate circumstances and in pretty tough seas off Plymouth headlands. She managed the crew effectively and without a trace of panic or response to the stress of the condition. Dani was in truth ‘the whole package’ in phrases of her techniques as a Yachtmaster.”

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