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Aoife Hopkins is July’s Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month” (Olympic Classes)

4th August 2017
The breezy weather of late July 2017 captured in one image – Aoife Hopkins flying on her way to winning the Euro Women’s Under 21 Laser Championship at Douarnenez. The breezy weather of late July 2017 captured in one image – Aoife Hopkins flying on her way to winning the Euro Women’s Under 21 Laser Championship at Douarnenez. Photo: Aoife Hopkins Sailing/Thomas Gauthier

When that definitive image of young Aoife Hopkins leppin’ her Laser with rocket power out of a breaking wave at the European Women’s Laser Radials Under 21 Championship 2017 (July 17th to 24th) at Douarnenez in Brittany went viral, we all knew something very special was going on.

But though the young Howth sailor clearly revelled in the heavy going, she proved well able for conditions of all sorts, and had the mental strength to withstand an entire crucial day lost to calm. With three races packed into the final day, she took three firsts to clinch the trophy by a country mile.

An outstanding Sailor of the Month for July among our potential Olympians.

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