Rod Carr receives CBE for services to sailing

Rod Carr, former RYA CEO, has received a CBE for his services to sailing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The Honours List reflects and pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service across the community.

Rod Carr receives CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Rod Carr receives CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Speaking this morning Rod Carr said: “I feel incredibly proud to be awarded this honour. It was an honour in itself to lead the RYA during a period of significant change and development for our sport.

“Without the support of an army of committed volunteers, the RYA Staff and my family, my contribution and effectiveness would have been greatly diminished. Not many people are fortunate enough to have had a career in an activity that is their passion; I count myself as extremely privileged.”

Rod Carr was Chief Executive of the RYA from 1990 until his retirement in February of this year.  Born and brought up in Nottingham, Rod started sailing on the River Trent. His passion for the sport of sailing took him to an urban sailing centre in North London and then to the National Sailing Centre in Cowes in 1975, where he became chief instructor four years later.

Rod joined the RYA in the 1980’s where he worked as coach, racing manager and performance director and chief executive. Rod was the architect of the RYA World Class Performance programme for sailing and the grassroots OnBoard sailing programme which helps youngsters to get involved in the sport.

Richard Langford, Chairman of RYA Council: “I was delighted to hear of this well deserved honour for Rod, achieved I am sure not only for his work with the RYA but sailing more generally. On behalf of all the members of the RYA I would like to offer him our heartfelt congratulations.

“Rod has been involved with the sport of sailing since the early 1970’s and with the RYA since the 1980’s. Most people involved with boating will have benefitted from one or more of Rod’s initiatives.

“He has been a respected ambassador for the sport of sailing for almost four decades and has played a key role in supporting the UK’s interests on the sailing world stage for the last fifteen years.

“Sailing has been Rod’s life-long vocation and I am sure that he will be at the forefront of the planning and organisation for the forthcoming Olympics at Weymouth and Portland”.