Congratulations to Richard Thompson (Selwyn 1961) on being honoured in the 2021 RYA Volunteer Awards. Richard will be well known to many current and recent students for his regular umpiring of Varsity Matches and other events. Some details from the RYA citation follow.
Richard was first appointed to the RYA Racing Rules Committee in 1998 and became Vice Chair in 2002. He has led the Committee’s Submissions Sub-Team and was appointed onto the ISAF Racing Rules Committee in 2005. Since then, he has been the key contact in the rules submission process, as well as serving as the Principal Official of the UK Team Racing Association for over ten years. Richard was responsible for organising the National Team Racing Championships for many years, and chaired both the Team Racing Working Party (since 2009) and the Racing Rules Working Party (since 2013) of World Sailing, stepping down only this year. He has also supported and shown exceptional commitment to team racing, volunteering at many school, university and club team racing events as an umpire.