Monkstown Bay Sailing Club Cruiser Class in Cork Harbour honoured their Class Captain Henry Jefferies, awarding him the ‘Goldie Cronin’ Trophy for dedicated service to the Class.
The trophy race is in honour of the late ‘Goldie’ Cronin who was Race Officer for the Cruiser Class for many years. Before that she had served as OOD – Officer of the Day – for the Vagabond dinghy class which was once the biggest class of boats raced at Monkstown. Many of its members graduated, on age grounds as they became more mature (!) into the formation of the club’s Cruiser Class and ‘Goldie’ moved with them. She was a “commanding and resolute figure” on the Sand Quay as she ran races, members of the Class recalled.
In presenting the trophy to Henry Jefferies, the Class paid tribute to him for his years of dedicated service. “It is a testament to his commitment and dedication and to how he has kept the Class alive over the past two years with his tireless efforts both within MBSC and the combined Cork Harbour clubs,” the Cruiser Class tribute said.
The unique trophy recalls the former ‘Alta’ race mark at Monkstown, around which ’Goldie’ insisted that boats should finish at the Sand Quay club line, to demonstrate their sailing abilities!