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Donnelly Brothers Have Support Across The Pond For Olympic 49er Campaign

31st August 2018
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Seán and Tadhg Donnelly from the National Yacht Club at Pamla in April 2017 Seán and Tadhg Donnelly from the National Yacht Club at Pamla in April 2017 Photo: Pedro Martinez

#Tokyo2020 - National Yacht Club members Seán and Tadhg Donnelly’s Olympic 49er campaign for Tokyo 2020 owes much to the latter’s connections with the Hamptons boating community on New York’s Long Island, according to 27east.com.

Tadhg, who is studying law at UCD, spent a J1 summer coaching at Westhampton Yacht Squadron where he met junior programme director Jim Schultz and head sailing instructor John Zambriski.

The pair had connected with Tadhg online in their search for a foreign instructor to bring something new to their sailing programme.

And his work training with some of the club’s youngest sailors in the summer of 2016 proved a big hit, helping raise the game of trainees and instructors alike.

Now the club wants to give back in appreciation for Tadhg’s efforts with a fundraising regatta for his and his brother’s 49er Olympic campaign.

“Campaigning is not cheap, and when John and Jim organised the event and told the support they had behind it, I was just thinking of how kind it was of everyone,” Tadhg said of the $2,000 raised towards their Tokyo 2020 goals.

27east.com has more on the story HERE.

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