Congratulations to Anthony Lunch on his RYA Lifetime Commitment Award. This is in recognition of his long term involvement with Oxford University Yacht Club. He received this most prestigious Royal Yachting Association award from HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA. The presentation took place at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony in London on 16 November 2018.
A passionate and engaged supporter, Anthony has organised Varsity matches, hosted training events, and facilitated student participation in Cowes Week. He has also raised the international profile of Oxford University YC through an exchange programme with students in Japan.
Tony has been a stalwart of Oxford University YC for more than 50 years, both as a student and alumnus of the University. He served as Commodore, Vice President, and President – a post he held for 19 years. As a result he has provided strong continuity to the club. This is important because student members change every three to four years. As a Life Member, he has provided financial and logistical support to the student members. This has ensured that donations have been used appropriately to purchase boats and support student sailing.
With his infectious enthusiasm, Tony has ensured Oxford University YC remains the home for all Oxford sailors, irrespective of their discipline or experience within the sport. His commitment to the club has been total and spans every aspect of club activity and life.
Comment by Anthony
Tony said of his nomination “I am extremely pleased to have been nominated and regard the award as a great honour – as well as it being totally unexpected. To help and encourage youth sailing is a particular privilege. I have had enormous enjoyment from sailing, both in dinghies and keel boats, over many years”.