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Dave O’Sullivan is Kinsale Yacht Club Member of the Year as Awards are Presented at Laying Up Dinner

6th November 2022
Kinsale Yacht Club Person of the Year, Dave O’Sullivan with KYC Commodore, Matthias Hellstern, KYC Vice Commodore, Tony Scannell, ISA President, John Twomey, as well as members of the Under 25’s Kinsailor project
Kinsale Yacht Club Person of the Year, Dave O’Sullivan with KYC Commodore, Matthias Hellstern, KYC Vice Commodore, Tony Scannell, ISA President, John Twomey, as well as members of the Under 25’s Kinsailor project

In the time-honoured tradition at Kinsale in West Cork, the end of the season at Kinsale Yacht Club is marked by the Laying Up Dinner. This event allows members to come together to celebrate the season passed and look forward to the upcoming season. This year broke all records with tickets selling out in under three hours, such was the demand from members to attend.

2022 was a very successful year for Kinsale YC, including the inaugural Inishtearaght Race, three boats competing in the Round Ireland Race, two new National Champions this year, and the extremely successful Under 25’s Kinsailor J/24.

The Kinsale initiative is reviewed by Afloat's WM Nixon in an article entitled; Kinsale’s Pace-Setting In Nurturing Ireland’s Young Sailing Talent

Kinsale Yacht Club's inaugural Inishtearaght Race in May Photo: Bob BatemanKinsale Yacht Club's inaugural Inishtearaght Race in May Photo: Bob Bateman

Squib Champions

Ian Travers was the Regatta Director for the Squib National Championships, and the event saw 55 Squibs from across the UK and Ireland competing in Kinsale. Ian, along with Keith O Riordan took the Squib Irish National Champion title and now joins Kinsale’s list of National Champions.

Irish Squib National Champion Keith O Riordan (left) and Ian Travers of Kinsale Yacht Club Photo: Bob BatemanIrish Squib National Champion Keith O Riordan (left) and Ian Travers of Kinsale Yacht Club Photo: Bob Bateman

Irish Squib National Champion Ian Travers and KYC Commodore Matthias HellsternIrish Squib National Champion Ian Travers (left) and KYC Commodore Matthias Hellstern

Dragon Champions

Former Commodore Cameron Good, along with current Commodore Matthias Hellstern and Henry Kingston took the title of Dragon National Champion at the event in Dun Laoghaire, which had eluded Kinsale YC for 32 years.

Cameron Good, along with current Commodore Matthias Hellstern and Henry Kingston on their way to Dragon class victory at Dun Laoghaire Photo: Afloat.ieCameron Good, along with current Commodore Matthias Hellstern and Henry Kingston on their way to Dragon class victory at Dun Laoghaire Photo: Afloat.ie

Irish Dragon National Champions Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Matthias Hellstern with KYC Vice Commodore, Tony ScannellIrish Dragon National Champions Cameron Good, Henry Kingston and Matthias Hellstern with KYC Vice Commodore, Tony Scannell

Under 25’s Kinsailor project

The Kinsailor Under 25 crew from Kinsale Yacht Club had a fantastic year afloat Photo: Bob BatemanThe Kinsailor Under 25 crew from Kinsale Yacht Club had a fantastic year afloat Photo: Bob Bateman

The Club Member of the Year was awarded to former Commodore, Dave O’Sullivan. This award is made annually to someone who has gone to exceptional lengths to further the goals of Kinsale YC. This year’s recipient was given a suggestion which he ran with, putting a lot of time and effort into it. He used his power of persuasion to get others involved and very quickly Dave O’Sullivan had the Under 25’s Kinsailor project up and running and he agreed to be the mentor for the developing team.

Kinsale Yacht Club's Dave O’Sullivan - the under 25’s Kinsailor project up mentor Kinsale Yacht Club's Dave O’Sullivan - the under 25’s Kinsailor project mentor Photo: Bob Bateman

With an enthusiastic youthful squad, many of whom attended the Laying Up Dinner, Dave set up a training schedule and fundraising events to be carried out by the squad who he said had to take ownership of the project.

A squad of 14 was put together and training began.

The Kinsailors competing at the J24 European Championships in Howth in late August where they took third overall Photo: Christopher HowellThe Kinsailors competing at the J24 European Championships in Howth in late August where they took third overall Photo: Christopher Howell

The boat and crew performed well enough in the midweek series but it really took everyone’s attention at the J24 European Championships in Howth in late August. Despite technical difficulties with a broken mast, the boat finished overall third in Europe separated from first by a single point and the best-performing Irish boat. They certainly left their mark, and hopefully, this was the first successful year of many to come.

Published in Kinsale, Squib, Dragon, J24, West Cork
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Kinsale Yacht Club located in Kinsale, County Cork lies just 120 nautical miles from Wales, 240 from North West France and only 500 from the Galician Coast of North Spain.

Kinsale Yacht Club is only a few minutes walk from every shop, hotel, pub and restaurant in Ireland’s gourmet capital but most significantly it is only 30 km by road from Cork, Ireland’s second city, and between the two lies one the region’s main assets - Cork International Airport - with its daily links to many European capitals.

Club members, of which there are more than 600, race Cruisers, One Design Keelboats and Dinghies.

The club runs inshore and offshore races, has an active cruising scene, a powerboat section and most significantly for any real club, a strong and dynamic junior training programme.

Beyond the club’s own marina is the club house itself and the dinghy park. Within the clubhouse are changing rooms, bar and restaurant all with full wheelchair access. The club’s full-time secretariat, steward and marina manager are there to look after sailing visitors and members alike in a relaxed, informal and fun environment.

The club welcomes new members and has always got room on its members’ yachts for new comers to the sport.