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The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Grants


The Ron Tough Foundation was established in 1980, with Syd Corser as the inaugural chairman. Its mission is to encourage excellence in sailing in Western Australia, with an emphasis on emerging talented youth.


The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation is pleased to have supported many promising young sailors from most Western Australian yacht clubs. Many of them have gone on to considerable success in the competitive yachting world, including Olympic campaigns and World Championships. Funding this level of yachting is expensive and difficult. The Foundation has also been able to support a number of yacht clubs and class associations in their endeavours to grow the sailing talent pool within Western Australia.


Each year, applications for financial grants are sought from supporting Clubs, Class Associations and individuals, with the Directors of the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation determining the awards which are presented annually in conjunction with the WA Sailing Awards night, this year on Thursday 3rd May, 2018 under the auspices of Australian Sailing.


The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation’s Gold medal is the most prestigious yachting award in WA and may be awarded for an “Outstanding Contribution to Yachting”. The Board of Directors award a Silver Medal for “Youth Sailor of the Year”, a Bronze Medal for “Junior Sailor of the Year” and an annual Scholarship

Since first awarded in 1983, grants totalling almost $1,000,000 have been made. Applications for grants and awards shall be made by completing the electronic application form and submitting with your photos.


The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation thanks the supporting clubs, particularly the major yacht clubs, for their financial support over the years, and looks forward to working with all clubs and their members in building on the strengths of the Foundation into the future.


The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation’s  policy is to encourage excellence in yachting by people of all ages, but with the emphasis on youth. The Board of Directors of The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation are interested in Clubs and Associations in the education, participation and in helping those who do not have access to assistance from other sources.

The grant as determined by the Directors may be awarded to one or more beneficiaries.

Applicants are encouraged to ensure that all information is correct and relevant so The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation can make a fair review of your application. Only online applications will be considered through this registration process.


All applications will be judged on the merit of the application. Please make sure you read all the terms and conditions at the bottom of this registration when applying for this grant and select the box to agree to the terms stated below.


The Grant shall be awarded at the annual ‘ WA Sailing Awards’ Function hosted by Australian Sailing in WA on Thursday 16th May 2019.  Applicants will be notified by email if you are either successful or unsuccessful in due time after the selection process mid April 2019.


It is required that the name of successful applicant(s) shall remain confidential until the award of the grant.

The above terms and conditions and applications details may be varied from time to time by the Directors of The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation at their discretion.