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Micheal O Suilleabhain of Kinsale is Sailor of the Month (International Keelboats) for September

1st October 2022
Finishing on a high – the Kinsailor bronze-winning crew at the conclusion of the J/24 Euros at Howth with Micheal O Suilleabhain on the right
Finishing on a high – the Kinsailor bronze-winning crew at the conclusion of the J/24 Euros at Howth with Micheal O Suilleabhain on the right

Micheal O Suilleabhain may well be the name that goes into the records books.

But he will be the first to point out that not only was it a team effort, in fact, it was an entire Kinsale Yacht Club effort to start putting together an exemplary challenge – initially in times of pandemic and post-pandemic - for the J/24 Europeans 2022 at Howth, when the event itself was still a distant speck on the uncertain future horizon. But a widely-supported campaign on the ICRA K25 model was launched and maintained, gradually building momentum until they reached the big one itself.

There, many proven international stars were so busy keeping tabs on their familiar rivals that the rapidly-improving young Kinsale crew went into the final race with a fighting chance, and they emerged firmly in the podium frame, clearly also the best-placed Irish boat.

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