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How to Apply

The Ron Tough Yachting 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 Foundation determining the awards which are presented annually in conjunction with the WA Sailing Awards night, this year on Thursday 16th May, 2019 under the auspices of Australian Sailing.

The Foundations Gold medal is the most prestigious yachting award in WA and may be awarded for an “Outstanding Contribution to Yachting”. The Board of Directors also 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 in excess of $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 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 purpose of this grant is for the encouragement, benefit and promotion, advancement and/or the education of sailing or sailors in Western Australia. This will include the following:

  1. The provision of equipment-yachting or otherwise.
  2. The cost of transportation of competitors, coaches & equipment.
  3. Accommodation & Coaching.

The 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 people rather than classes, in 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.

If you are nominating for this Grant you are also able to apply for the Scholarship Grant.


The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Grant for an Individual application is available to all West Australian Sailors who are current members of an Australian Sailing affiliated club.

The team must have proven performance at a National Level in the area of endeavour and be able to continue & progress towards excellence at a high level. Financial assistance is related to competitive performance at a particular event & is generally awarded to the team, based upon competitive results and future performances.

We encourage that you please make sure all information is correct and relevant to The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation can make a fair review of your application.

All the below compulsory fields must be filled in for the application to be submitted correctly.

To complete this registration you will be required to upload a JPEG format image head and shoulders photo and also a JPEG image action shot of your sailing.

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.


It is required that the name of the 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.


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.

I declare all the information is true and correct. You are required to upload a JPEG format image head and shoulders photo and also a JPEG image action shot of yourself / the person’s sailing.

The recipient must be a member of an Association or an affiliated Club. Successful applicants are required to:

1) Supply a detailed written report of event(s) attended and results achieved to The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation at the conclusion of the event(s)
2) Return the grant should the purpose for which it is awarded no eventuate.
3) Display on the recipient’s boat ( or other equipment the adhesive signage provided by The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation, which acknowledges the support provided by the Foundation.
4) I agree that the photos I have supplied to Australian Sailing Ltd can be used for State Awards and for any marketing or promotion purpose.

Please note there is no online payment to submit this application.

Thank you for your application. An automatic email will be sent to your email to receipt your application.

If you have any questions, please email: leanne.alderson@sailing.org.au