Princess Anne to present Clevedon family with award

PUBLISHED: 08:56 17 November 2019

The Hotchkiss family will attend the RYA ceremony in London later this month.

The Hotchkiss family will attend the RYA ceremony in London later this month.

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A family of sailors from Clevedon will head to London next week to pick up an award from a member of the Royal Family.

Princess Anne will present Ian, Sue, Sarah and Joe Hotchkiss with an award to mark their family's instrumental work in running Clevedon Sailing Club.

The organisation was founded in 1947 by the Hotchkiss family and more than 70 years on they are still at the heart of the organisation.

They were consequently nominated for the Royal Yachting Association's family award.

Ian said: "We were quite surprised, as we didn't know our commodore had nominated us, so it came as a shock."

The sailing club was founded by his parents Jean and Byron meaning it has a special place in their heart.

Ian said: "My father founded the club. I grew up as a cadet, Sue and I met there, and when Sarah was about 11 she decided she wanted to be a cadet.

"She's been a commodore, Joe's a senior instructor and Sue's served on the social committee for many years.

"We're very honoured and proud of our achievement as a family over the years, and we're all dressing up and going together."

The award will be presented by Princess Anne at a ceremony held in London on November 22.

The royal is the president of the Royal Yachting Association.

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