Michael O’Connor of Royal St George YC is the Afloat.ie “Sailor of the Month (Inshore)” after celebrating September with the Corinthian Division overall win in the SB20 Worlds on the Solent early in the month and then, in an intense three day series of multiple sailing conditions at Howth from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September, he and his shipmates Davy Taylor and Edward Cook took the Irish title.
It speaks volumes for the quality of racing at the front of the contemporary Irish SB 20 fleet, that the winner of a major title at the worlds should have had to sail as hard and consistently as the crew of Sin Bin did at Howth. But they took the Irish title despite the best efforts of former Irish Champion Helm Stefan Hyde to deny them the prize. It all augurs well for a quality event when the SB 20 Euros come to the Royal Irish YC in Dun Laoghaire next year. But just for now, here’s to the Sin Bin, and all.