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'Sail for Jack' At The Royal St George This Friday

25th August 2014

#SailForJack - This Friday 29 August the Royal St George Yacht Club will host a special 'Sail for Jack' charity pursuit race in aid of local man Jack Kavanagh, who was paralysed in a freak accident on the water.

The now 21-year-old was an avid sailor, windsurfer, rugby player, lifeguard and pharmacy student at Trinity College when, while holidaying with friends in Portugal, his life changed utterly after diving into a wave and breaking his neck.

Jack is now paralysed from the neck down, with limited arm movement, and will need 24-hour care for the rest of his life. However, his remarkable attitude and progress is defying his doctors, and he believes one day there will be a cure for his condition.

Incredibly, Jack has also managed to go back to Trinity to finish his pharmacy degree, albeit over an extended period. But it’s not easy – he needs special assistance around the clock and a full-time carer.

He needs to travel to Cambridge every week for special bionic suit physiotherapy help him stand upright for a few minutes (you may have seen him on RTÉ News in recent weeks).

Significant funds are needed to maintain Jack’s 24-hour care and treatment to enhance his mobility. And that's where the Sail for Jack race comes in.

For just €5 per crew member (register online at you can take part in the Sail for Jack charity pursuit from 6.30pm this Friday at the Royal St George in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, close to the harbour mouth.

The race will be followed by a BBQ with a DJ and prize giveaways at the clubhouse at 8pm so bring along your friends and family even if you aren’t sailing.

If you are not free to sail but would like to make a donation, you can contribute at

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MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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The Royal St George Yacht Club was founded in Dun Laoghaire (then Kingstown) Harbour in 1838 by a small number of like-minded individuals who liked to go rowing and sailing together. The club gradually gathered pace and has become, with the passage of time and the unstinting efforts of its Flag Officers, committees and members, a world-class yacht club.

Today, the ‘George’, as it is known by everyone, maybe one of the world’s oldest sailing clubs, but it has a very contemporary friendly outlook that is in touch with the demands of today and offers world-class facilities for all forms of water sports including:

  • A vibrant junior section
  • Dry sailing for small keelboats on an extensive hard standing
  • Marina style berthage for larger boats on the club pontoon
  • Parking for a large range of dinghies
  • Own fleet of boats for members use (1720’s, J 80’s, SUP’s, Coastal Rowing boats, Ribs, Optimists etc)

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