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Selecting August’s 'Sailors of the Month' Was a Complex Affair

4th September 2018
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August Sailors of the Month: Ross Kearney (Royal North of Ireland YC), Darragh McCormack of Foynes YC and the National Yacht Club's Hugh O'Connor of the Topper class August Sailors of the Month: Ross Kearney (Royal North of Ireland YC), Darragh McCormack of Foynes YC and the National Yacht Club's Hugh O'Connor of the Topper class

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:

SAILOR OF THE MONTH August 2018: ROSS KEARNEY (Royal North of Ireland YC): Silver Medal in GP 14 Worlds, Irish GP 14 National Champion.

SAILOR OF THE MONTH (Classics) August 2018: Darragh McCormack (Foynes YC): Mermaid Class National Champion 2018 

SAILOR OF THE MONTH (Junior): Hugh O’Connor (National YC)  Second overall in International Topper Worlds, China.

For full details, please see individual stories on Afloat.ie by clicking on the links above

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