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Irish South Coast Offshore Sailors Elect First Lady Commodore

5th December 2018
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Johanna Murphy, Commodore of SCORA Johanna Murphy, Commodore of SCORA Photo: Bob Bateman

Hello and welcome to my weekly Podcast …. Tom MacSweeney here ….

“I intend to promote sailing in general and also to promote coastal offshore racing.”

That was the declaration of Johanna Murphy from the Great Island Sailing Club in Cobh in Cork Harbour when she was elected the first female sailor to become Commodore of the South Coast Offshore Racing Association (SCORA).

“My main aim at SCORA will be to promote sailing as widely as possible. While racing is at the core of SCORA, sailing can’t be serious all the time. That also has to be taken into consideration and we will be doing that.”

The large attendance at the annual general meeting, despite the very bad weather of Tuesday night, showed positive interest in the sport in the South. There was discussion about new events and, inevitably, the current handicaps on boats engaged in racing. It was agreed that an examination of handicaps would be reported back to members. The new structure of the Cork Harbour League was approved by the SCORA meeting – Friday evenings in June, Saturday afternoons in July and September, with club At Home events included and racing for both spinnaker and whitesail boats. This revised approach, as previously reported on Afloat was agreed by the three harbour clubs – MBSC, RCYC and GISC at an earlier meeting.

Listen to the podcast below as Commodore Johanna Murphy outlines to me her plans for leading SCORA.

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Tom MacSweeney writes a weekly column for Afloat.ie. He also presents the maritime radio programme This Island Nation on community radio stations around Ireland.

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