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Mission Statement

“Dedicated to encouraging participation and assisting excellent performance of the WA Sailing community, with an emphasis on youth.”

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation was established in 1980, with a mission to “encourage participation and assist excellent performance in the WA Sailing community, with an emphasis on youth“. The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation is financially supported by the yacht clubs of Western Australia, particularly our major supporters, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Royal Perth Yacht Club, Fremantle Sailing Club and South of Perth Yacht Club. With the support of the yacht clubs and their members, and with prudent asset management of accumulated trust funds, the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation provides grants in excess of $75,000 per year to assist sailors with their international campaigns and supports developing yacht clubs and youth-focused Class Associations to build the sailing ‘talent pool’ within Western Australia.

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation awards annually one or two Ron Tough Gold Medals, that recognise outstanding competitive achievements over the previous twelve months, or an outstanding life time contribution to the sport of sailing within Western Australia. The Gold medal is viewed by many people as the pinnacle of recognition awarded in WA sailing.

The Ron Tough Scholarship, which comes with a significant cash grant, is awarded annually to a youth sailor to assist them in achieving significant competitive success over the next few years, and is keenly sought after.

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation also sponsors the Ron Tough Silver and Bronze medallions, which are awarded to the best performing youth and junior sailors over the preceding 12 months.

The Grants and Awards are presented in conjunction with the Australian Sailing Western Australian Yachting Awards. The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation is one of the sponsors of that evening, alongside Australian Sailing and the host club.

The Western Australian yachting fraternity continues to achieve extra-ordinary competitive results at Olympic and World Championship level, particularly when assessed per capita. The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation is delighted to be playing a part in that success.