While the Afloat.ie 'Sailor of the Month' awards have been in being since 1996, the idiosyncrasies of the calendar can occasionally make selecting the monthly awardees a complex business. When September began on Saturday, September 1st, on that day we experienced a cascade of sailing Gold and Bronze for Ireland in Marseilles and Dun Laoghaire. But the Adjudicators had to remember that those achievements belonged very much in September - even if most days of the relevant events had been held in August - as August already had solid successes achieved clearly within the month, successes that deserved to be properly honoured.
But even here, wins such as the Kelly family’s victory (J/109 Storm, new Welsh IRC champions in August) are already on the podium, as they were SoM in May for successes in Scotland, while Dave Cullen, new Half Ton Classics Champion, was on the podium in June. So in both cases, further lustre is simply added to an established award.
Thus the three Awards for August 2018 provide an interesting trio of new names, well representative of the current Irish sailing scene:
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