The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation
Dedicated to encouraging, excellence in yachting by people of all ages - with an emphasis on youth.
Who was Ron Tough?
Ron was born in Stoke Newington, London in 1906, moving with his family to Western Australia in 1912. During all his years of sailing Ron was active in the running of Claremont Yacht Club, holding most positions including Secretary, culminating in his election as Commodore in 1947-49, with a further term in 1956-57.
Ron was also active in the first 25 formative years of the Yachting Association of WA (now Yachting Western Australia). He was President in 1953 and became Honorary Secretary in 1958, a position he held for a further 18 years. He was twice President of the Australian Yachting Federation (now Yachting Australia), travelling many times overseas to represent Australia at the then IYRU (now ISAF). This long service to our sport was recognised in the honours list for 1974, Ron being awarded an MBE.
Ron, who owned an engineering foundry prior to his retirement, had a dream for many years of establishing a fund in WA which, by protecting its capital, could continue to support young yachtsmen and women to improve their sailing and thereby be assisted to achieve their maximum potential. Thus was born the idea of The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation.
The Foundation held its first meeting in June 1980. The Foundation operates independently through a Board of Trustees under a Deed of Trust which establishes its policy as: “to encourage excellence in yachting by people of all ages, but with an emphasis on youth; to assist people rather than Classes; to education rather than provide travel assistance; and to help those who do not have access to assistance from other sources.” And so it remains today.
Under the terms of the Deed of Trust, the Trustees have determined that only the net income can be distributed, thus preserving the capital which is derived solely from donations from Club members, bequests and other financial contributions.
Each year applications for financial grants are sought from supporting Clubs, Class Associations and individuals, the Trustees determining the awards which are presented annually in conjunction with the WA Yachting Awards Night function, held under the auspices of Yachting WA.
The Foundation’s Gold Medal is the most prestigious yachting award in WA and may be awarded annually in 2 categories of sailing and non-sailing, for an “Outstanding Contribution to Yachting”. The Board of Trustees also award a Silver Medal (for “Youth Sailor of the Year”); a Bronze Medal (for “Junior Sailor of the Year”) and an annual Scholarship of $6,000.
Since first awarded in 1983, 761 grants have been made, totalling in excess of $825,640. Application forms to nominate for the various award categories and to apply for a grant, are available online via the YWA website.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Tony Finch – Chairman
Greg Moore – Secretary
Contact: Greg Moore- Secretary Ron Tough Foundation
PO Box 922 NEDLANDS
Western Australia 6909
Phone Enquiries: 9450 2976
Dedicated to encouraging excellence in yachting by people of all ages and emphasis on youth