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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.

In 2017, The Royal Marines Charity were proud to support Turn to Starboard’s Round Britan Challenge, with three former Royal Marines taking part.

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.