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National Yacht Club Prizes Awarded to Host of Sailing Stars

25th February 2018
The Shanahan family and crew of the J109 Ruth at Saturday's  NYC awards ceremony. Ben Shanahan (pictured front row with trophy) was awarded the new Martin Crotty Cup. This new award is for a young NYC member who has shown exceptional sailing endeavour. Scroll down for more prizewinners The Shanahan family and crew of the J109 Ruth at Saturday's NYC awards ceremony. Ben Shanahan (pictured front row with trophy) was awarded the new Martin Crotty Cup. This new award is for a young NYC member who has shown exceptional sailing endeavour. Scroll down for more prizewinners Photo: Michael Chester

Eleven accolades for outstanding achievement by its members were presented at the National Yacht Club’s annual Sailing Awards Dinner on Saturday.

In a packed club house on the East Pier, Commodore Ronan Beirne saluted the top achievements across a range of sailing endeavours that he said contributed to the NYC itself winning the prestigious Irish Sailing Club of the Year trophy last month. 

The Commodore said the sell–out evening was a reflection of the club's enthusiasm across the full spectrum of the sport; 'embracing camaraderie, volunteerism, age and ability that contributed greatly to making the NYC the vibrant club that it is today'. 

Ronan BeirneCommodore Ronan Beirne opens the packed prizegiving on Saturday evening. In his opening address the Commodore said the 'camaraderie, volunteerism, age and ability' of NYC members across the broad spectrum of sailing contributed greatly to the club's Mitsubishi Sailing Club of the Year award last month. Photo: Michael Chester

Among those recognised on the evening were Anne and Michael Madsen, who previously won the Township Cup in 2016 for an epic voyage to Norway.

The new Martin Crotty Cup (donated by Peter Cullen) was presented on the night by the NYC's Mal Nolan to Ben Shanahan. This new award is for a young member who has shown exceptional sailing endeavour. Shanahan skippered a young crew in a very windy edition of this year's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race (as pictured below).

Ruth J109 Ben shanahanBen Shanahan at the wheel of the family J109, Ruth. Photo: Afloat.ie

Roberto Sastre was presented with the storied Boyne Regatta Cup for his offshore racing exploits, while Peter and Kerri Cullen received the Muglins Cup for the most interesting family cruise of 2017.

In addition to the presentation of trophies, five members were recognised for their sailing excellence with Commodore's commendation certificates.

Scroll down for a selection of Michael Chester's photos of the awards evening. 

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863Commodore Ronan Beirne presents the NYC's  “Township Cup”  to Anne and Michael Madsen for their four month cruse of the 78th Parallel (further North than the Franklin Expedition) to Svalbard Photo: Michael Chester 

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863The Boyne Regatta Cup, was awarded to Roberto Sastre, (left) who finished fifth in class two in the D2D race. It was an excellent result for one of the smaller boats on its first distance race where many of the fleet retired due to severe weather conditions. The presentation was made by the NYC's Peter Murphy Photo: Michael Chester

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863The O’Leary Cup presented by Peter Murphy (centre), was won by Noel Butler (right) and Stephen Oram (left), for their Fireball dinghy grand slam Photo: Michael Chester

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863The “John Byrne Memorial Trophy” (1989) was jointly won by Adam Winkelmann (left) and the Late Martin Crotty, the trophy was presented to Sabina Saar, his partner. The trophy was presented by the late John Byrne's son, Martin. Photo: Michael ChesterNYC Prizegiving 2018 863The Winkelmann Trophy (2003) was presented by Carmel Winkelmann to cadet member Sally Bell for her Laser Radial youth achivements. The award was accepted for Sally by Hugh Perret Photo: Michael Chester

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863The Greystones 1891 Regatta Cup for the best team contribution to the Club was awarded to Rory Fitzpatrick and was collected by John Chambers. The trophy was presented by Rear Commodore Susan Spain

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863The Paul Murphy Cup was presented to Eddie Totterdell, by Paul’s widow Ruth, for all Eddie's voluntary work as Race Officer on board the DBSC vessel Mac Lir Photo: Michael Chester

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863NYC's Mal Nolan presents the new Martin Crotty Cup (donated by Peter Cullen) to Ben Shanahan. This new award is for a young member who has shown exceptional sailing endeavour. Photo: Michael Chester

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863NYC Commodore Ronan Beirne presents a Commodore's Commendation award to Lorcan Tighe for his participation as watch leader in the Fastnet Race and D2D races on the INSS J109  "Jedi"

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863Commodore Ronan Beirne presented Commendation Certificates to John Chambers (left) and Jemima Owens and Cian Mollen below

NYC Prizegiving 2018 863

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The home club of Laser Radial Olympic Silver medalist Annalise Murphy, the National Yacht Club is a lot more besides. It is also the spiritual home of the offshore sailing body ISORA, the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race and the biggest Flying Fifteen fleet in Ireland. Founded on a loyal membership, the National Yacht Club at the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay enjoys a family ethos and a strong fellowship in a relaxed atmosphere of support and friendship through sailing.

Bathing in the gentle waterfront ambience of Dun Laoghaire on the edge of South County Dublin, the National Yacht Club has graced the waters of the Irish Sea and far beyond for more than a century and in 2020 celebrates its sesquicentennial.  

The club is particularly active in dinghy and keelboat one-design racing and has hosted three World Championships in recent years including the Flying Fifteen Worlds in 2003, 2019 and the SB3 Worlds in 2008. The ISAF Youth Worlds was co-hosted with our neighbouring club the Royal St. George Yacht Club in 2012...

National Yacht Club Facilities

Facilities include a slipway directly accessing Dun Laoghaire Harbour, over eighty club moorings, platform parking, pontoons, fuelling, watering and crane-lifting ensure that the NYC is excellently equipped to cater for all the needs of the contemporary sailor. Berths with diesel, water, power and overnight facilities are available to cruising yachtsmen with shopping facilities being a short walk away. The club is active throughout the year with full dining and bar facilities and winter activities include bridge, snooker, quiz nights, wine tasting and special events.

National Yacht Club History

Although there are references to an active “club” prior to 1870, history records that the present clubhouse was erected in 1870 at a cost of £4,000 to a design by William Sterling and the Kingstown Royal Harbour Boat Club was registered with Lloyds in the same year. By 1872 the name had been changed to the Kingston Harbour Boat Club and this change was registered at Lloyds.

In 1881. the premises were purchased by a Captain Peacocke and others who formed a proprietary club called the Kingstown Harbour Yacht Club again registered at Lloyds. Some six years later in 1877 the building again changed hands being bought by a Mr Charles Barrington. and between 1877 and 1901 the club was very active and operated for a while as the “Absolute Club” although this change of name was never registered.

In 1901, the lease was purchased by three trustees who registered it as the Edward Yacht Club. In 1930 at a time when the Edward Yacht Club was relatively inactive, a committee including The Earl of Granard approached the trustees with a proposition to form the National Yacht Club. The Earl of Granard had been Commodore of the North Shannon Y.C. and was a senator in the W.T.Cosgrave government. An agreement was reached, the National Yacht Club was registered at Lloyds. The club burgee was created, red cross of Saint George with blue and white quarters being sky cloud, sea and surf. The Earl of Granard became the first Commodore.

In July of 1950, a warrant was issued to the National Yacht Club by the Government under the Merchant Shipping Act authorising members to hoist a club ensign in lieu of the National Flag. The new ensign to include a representation of the harp. This privilege is unique and specific to members of the National Yacht Club. Sterling’s design for the exterior of the club was a hybrid French Chateau and eighteenth century Garden Pavilion and today as a Class A restricted building it continues to provide elegant dining and bar facilities.

An early drawing of the building shows viewing balconies on the roof and the waterfront façade. Subsequent additions of platforms and a new slip to the seaward side and most recently the construction of new changing rooms, offices and boathouse provide state of the art facilities, capable of coping with major international and world championship events. The club provides a wide range of sailing facilities, from Junior training to family cruising, dinghy sailing to offshore racing and caters for most major classes of dinghies, one design keelboats, sports boats and cruiser racers. It provides training facilities within the ISA Youth Sailing Scheme and National Power Boat Schemes.

Past Commodores

1931 – 42 Earl of Granard 1942 – 45 T.J. Hamilton 1945 – 47 P.M. Purcell 1947 – 50 J.J. O’Leary 1950 – 55 A.A. Murphy 1955 – 60 J.J. O’Leary 1960 – 64 F. Lemass 1964 – 69 J.C. McConnell 1969 – 72 P.J. Johnston 1972 – 74 L. Boyd 1974 – 76 F.C. Winkelmann 1976 – 79 P.A. Browne 1979 – 83 W.A. Maguire 1983 – 87 F.J. Cooney 1987 – 88 J.J. Byrne 1988 – 91 M.F. Muldoon 1991 – 94 B.D. Barry 1994 – 97 M.P.B. Horgan 1997 – 00 B. MacNeaney 2000 – 02 I.E. Kiernan 2002 – 05 C.N.I. Moore 2005 – 08 C.J. Murphy 2008 – 11 P.D. Ryan 2011 – P. Barrington 2011-2014 Larry Power 2014-2017 Ronan Beirne 2017 – 2019

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