#SAILING CLUB OF THE YEAR – Following January's announcement of the National Yacht Club in Dún Laoghaire as the Mitsubishi Motors / Irish Independent Sailing Club of the Year the awards presentation took place at a packed National Yacht Club clubhouse in Dun Laoghaire last night.
It is the fifth time the National Yacht Club has won the coveted ship's wheel since it was first awarded in 1979 and the club was commended on both its hosting of major events and cultivation of sailing at all levels.
As well as Annalise Murphy's forthcoming debut at the London Olympics the club is also looking forward to a packed somewhere where among other events it co-hosts the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Worlds in July.
Among the large gathering last night for the celebratons was club member Jack Roy who has been appointed a Race Officer for the Olympic Regatta, former club commoodre Peter Ryan of ISORA, the Royal St. George Commodore and Dragon Edinburgh Cup winner Martin Byrne, Royal Irish Commdore Paddy McSwiney, Press photographers Eric Luke and Michael Chester, Ronan Beirne of Leinster Boats, local Mitsubishi dealer Joe Harvey and a host of sailors from across Dun Laoghaire's waterfront clubs. Photos below by Gareth Craig.
Commodore Paul Barrington with Séan Donnelly and Tadgh Donnelly, two of the club's promising youth sailors who will be representing Ireland in the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Worlds which will be co-hosted by the club in July.
Brian McLysaght, Kenneth Price and Joe Buckley
Eric Luke, Martin McCarthy and Michael Chester
Gavin Flood of Mitsubishi Motors. More photos below.