It is not everyday that someone who is so deserving, is recognised for their enthusiasm and will to help others within the practise of Model Yachting. However, during yesterdays Association's AGM, Roger Stollery was awarded the following in recognition, for his relentless support and enthusiasm to the 'Model Yachting' community around the world. Well-done Roger! Roger Stollery's Biography, written by Derek Preistley. CHRIS DICKS AWARD 2017 Without doubt the greatest innovator our sport has ever had. In free sailing he gave us…… The means to build boats, rigs, & vane gears without having to be a skilled carpenter or engineer. Pocket luff sails & proved that it was possible to compete successfully in the A class whilst accepting the dreaded “ displacement penalty” without having to have a boat weighing in excess of 50 pounds! And to the joy of kids around the country “The Choppa” a simple baby “Bloodaxe” designed & built for kids which races every year during A week & has its own class trophy. In Radio Sailing he gave us in 1983, the SWING RIG both solid & break back, removable cassette radio installation, wire mast rings, countless simple hand made fittings which have been adapted by sailors all over the world. Indeed it’s fair to say that whatever class you race there will be something on that boat which has come from an idea from mind of this man. With an eye on the younger end of the sport he offered a Footy design called the “Bug” a minature mirror dinghy shape, the hull of which can be built from sheet Correx in 1hour and in 2000 he produced the “bottle boat” which won a Millenium Products award from the design council. Earlier this year he was invited to a 90th birthday party of Gordon Keeley from the Newcastle club (where he was a member whilst at university) Not easy to think of a birthday gift for a 90 year old so he hand made a jigsaw puzzle from a photograph of a scene from A week at Fleetwood, cutting out the parts by hand with his old fret saw. SYAN AWARD 2017 29 years of service to our sport with 14 years as publicity officer from 1967 and more recently 15 years as tech team leader. First to recognise the value of the Dinghy show & encouraged the assn. to attend. He has made a major contribution to the association administration documents, with his ideas & influence stretching across the Tech Team, Racing Regulations Team, & free sailing regulations team. Then there are the SSI’s, NOR templates, National Championship Regulations, Ranking Regulations, Sail Numbering rules, and the Free Sailing Yacht Racing Rules. The 6 meter & 36R class rules have been rewritten with his help as have the FS RR. Last but not least he has been fearless and relentless in his pursuit of accuracy & clarity in the challenging of documentation, which is forced upon us from other association that we are affiliated to. At all times he has had our member’s interests at heart.