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Ger Owens (Dun Laoghaire) & Mel Morris (East Antrim) are Sailors of the Month for October

1st November 2022
2022 Champions of Champions – Ger Owens (RStGYC, left) with Ciara O’Tiarnaigh (Commodore, Sutton DC) and crew Mel Morris (Newtownards SC)
2022 Champions of Champions – Ger Owens (RStGYC, left) with Ciara O’Tiarnaigh (Commodore, Sutton DC) and crew Mel Morris (Newtownards SC) Credit: Andy Johnston

So many factors came into play for the 75th Anniversary of the Champions’ Cup (aka the Helmsman’s Championship or the All-Ireland) in GP 14s at Sutton Dinghy Club on October 8th/9th that its weather-imposed compression into a one-day series made for a very intense mix. It went right to the wire, but defending champion Ger Owens of the Royal St. George Yacht Club (who won in National 18s in Crosshaven in 2021).

His regular GP14 partner Mel Morris of East Antrim Boat Club (her father Curly Morris of East Antrim BC won in 1967) moved smoothly into their dynamic duo routine.

As the sun set on a deceptively gentle evening which was the calm before the storm, the salver that now thinks it’s a cup was theirs for the taking.

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