When the J/24 Headcase snatched the overall win in the final races of the J/24 Nationals 2019 on Lough Erne, inevitably it was a team effort with the boat carrying the usual complement of five. But as we have to narrow it down, the title goes to helmsman Cillian Dickson of Lough Ree and Howth. Yet it has to be said that he drives for a formidable and truly all-Ireland squad. Four of Headcase’s crew own her together – they are Cillian Dickson (LRYC & HYC), Sam O’Byrne, (HYC), and Louis Mulloy and Marcus Ryan, both of Mayo SC. As for the fifth hand, he is invariably Ryan Glynn of Ballyholme YC on Belfast Lough. A diverse crew perhaps, but they functioned together like clockwork to hit the bullseye twice, as the National title secured them a place in the conveniently-located Worlds in Poole in the south of England next year.
Cillian Dickson is 'Sailor of the Month (Keelboats)' for August 2019
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