CLUB OF THE YEAR PARTICULARLY SPECIAL WITH THE CLUB CELEBRATING ITS SESQUICENTENARY T he Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club was awarded the Australian “Club Marina of the Year 2017/2018” by the Marina Industries Association at the Marine17 International Conference in August 2017. The RPAYC is proud to be awarded the “Club Marina of the Year 2017/2018” having been a Club of the Year finalist in the last two award periods. The RPAYC was honoured to be nominated alongside the Royal Perth Yacht Club and ultimately awarded the accolade for 2017/2018. “I am thrilled that the Club has won such a prestigious industry award. It’s a credit to members and all the staff that have made this possible. This award is particularly special with the Club celebrating its Sesquicentenary” said Suzanne Davies, General Manager RPAYC. The MIA’s biennial ‘Club of the Year’ award recognises excellence and celebrates industry best practice and provides a benchmark for other businesses to aspire to. The judging criteria is based on the Club’s goals and objectives, marketing, customer service including evidence from customer feedback, environment, risk management, staff training, industry participation, community involvement and involves a comprehensive on site audit. The Club submitted a comprehensive submission and an audit of the Club and facilities was undertaken some months earlier. Marina Industry Association President, Andrew Chapman CMM said in congratulating all the finalists as well as the entrants that “the awards celebrate industry best practice and provide a benchmark for other businesses to aspire to.” Simon McLean, CEO of the Awards partner, Club Marine, said “The growth in awards participation once again was excellent. As an industry insurer we see the Awards as an effective vehicle to encourage and promote good business practices and procedures as well as supporting the goals of the MIA.” 90 YACHTSMAN I am thrilled that the Club has won such a prestigious industry award. It’s a credit to members and all the staff that have made this possible.