Rod Carr to Retire from RYA in 2010

Rod Carr, will retire from the RYA in March 2010, after 10 years as the CEO of the organisation. Carr was highly involved in Britain’s recent Olympic sailing success, having been at the RYA for 25 years.

Speaking to Kate Laven in The Daily Telegraph, Carr said there was little more to do in his current post.

“I have been CEO for 10 years so retiring now is just about the right time,”

“I haven’t finished yet at the RYA. There is still another 11 months of hard work ahead and I will carry on until the end.”

The Telegraph article goes on to say:

In 2005, he received an OBE for his services to sailing.It was as RYA racing manager and performance director in 1997 that Carr started to change the face of British sailing by quickly grasping the new funding strategies made available by the National Lottery three years earlier.

His understanding of how athletes could tap into the labyrinth of funding plans by meeting competition targets guaranteed a major hike in financial support allowing the RYA to invest in coaching, training and the development of their elite sailors.