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Peter Ryan of the National Yacht Club is "Sailor of the Month (Services to Sailing)" for December

1st January 2021
Peter Ryan at the helm of the J/109 Mojito in the 2013 Fastnet Race. An active offshore racer since the 1980s, he continues in the sport while making a significant contribution to its administration Peter Ryan at the helm of the J/109 Mojito in the 2013 Fastnet Race. An active offshore racer since the 1980s, he continues in the sport while making a significant contribution to its administration

Peter Ryan of Dun Laoghaire is a dedicated sailing enthusiast – particularly for offshore racing – whose affable exterior camouflages the fact that his brain is busily whirring with ideas for improving the sport. Thus when the challenges of pandemic shutdown arose, he grasped the opportunities provided by being Chairman of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association, and having access to a generously donated consignment of Yellowbrick trackers, to set about devising a programme which would comply with regulations while still providing good sport.

It may not have been offshore racing as we know it, as it lacked the post-race parties previously thought indispensable. But it was a proper coastal racing programme nevertheless, with an overall champion (Paul O'Higgins' JPK 10.80 Rockabill VI, RIYC) by the final race in September, while the general ISORA contribution to the legitimate continuation of the sport was also seen in the loan of the Yellowbricks for the excellent Fastnet 450 race in August, and the hugely successful Round Ireland Two-Handed Speed Challenge by Pam Lee of Greystones and Cat Hunt with the Figaro 3 Iarracht Maigeanta in October.

But then Peter Ryan is no stranger to success – he was Commodore of the National Yacht Club in 2011 when it became the Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year.

Responsibility worn lightly - Peter Ryan as Commodore of the National Yacht Club in 2011.Responsibility worn lightly - Peter Ryan as Commodore of the National Yacht Club in 2011.

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