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Andy Thompson is "Sailor of the Month (Dinghies)" for September

1st October 2023
Tom Gillard (left) and East Antrim's Andy Thompson with their trophy haul after winning the Fireball European Championship at SC JK Pirat Portoroz Slovenia Credit: Frank Miller

For the second year in a row, East Antrim Boat Club top crewman Andy Thompson hit the sailing headlines by winning a major Fireball dinghy title with ace UK helmsman Tom Gillard. 

In 2022, Gillard and Thompson scooped the world title on the home waters of Lough Derg in County Tipperary, and this September, Thompson lifted the European title in Portroz, Slovenia, even after a black flag earlier in the championships.

The pair scored three bullets during the final day of racing in spectacular conditions and is a worthy winner of the Sailor of the Month title for September for a second year in a row. Team

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