Former Royal Marine awarded with Yachtmaster Honour
A Royal Marine about to be medically discharged from the service has been presented with a prestigious award from a Cornish sailing charity.
Nick Pinniger (pictured right) scooped The Croft Yachtmaster Award in recognition of his efforts progressing through the RYA Yachtmaster training programme with Turn to Starboard, a charity that supports Armed forces personnel affected by operations. The award is presented annually to a Yachtmaster under training who has demonstrated resilience and effort to overcome the personal and academic challenge.
Nick, 27, first set foot on a yacht in February this year, and the following month took part in a 3000-mile sailing endeavour with the charity from Croatia to Cornwall.
He said: “I am extremely privileged to be part of this charity, never mind receiving The Croft Yachtmaster Award. I am truly honoured and would like to offer a big thank you to my new welcoming family as the Turn to Starboard experience has truly changed my life. A special thank you goes out to my instructors, Paul Miller and Dan Fielding, because never before have I had such patient, knowledgeable and professional tuition.”
Nick hopes to complete his Yachtmaster training by March next year and has aspirations to enter the yacht industry as a captain.
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