At the annual announcement by the RORC to recognise the special achievements and efforts of special note, Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Anthony O’Leary Antix (Ker 39) was awarded the Red Funnel Prix D’Elegance Trophy. Another triumph to add to his hugely successful 2010 year of sailing.
The announcement yesterday that Piet Vroon’s Ker 46 Tonnerre de Breskens 3 is the 2010 Yacht of the Year also has special connotations for the Royal Cork Yacht Club.
Piet has been racing with the RORC for 50 years and is a very well known figure to the Irish sailing community. During that time he has achieved many notable successes including winning the Rolex Fastnet Race. Now 80 years of age, he competed in eight RORC races this season including the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race and Tonnerre was also the winner of the Conway Media Round Ireland Race 2010. Unfortunately illness prevented him from competing in Cork Week 2010 in which he had been entered and as a long time Patron of the event his arrival as always had been eagerly anticipated.
Tonnerre de Breskens 3 takes the Jazz Trophy for the overall winner of the Season’s Points Championship (when all races count); the Trenchemer Cup for winning IRC Zero; the Stradivarius Trophy for the best overseas yacht in IRC and also the Somerset Memorial Trophy for outstanding racing achievement by a yacht owned or sailed by a RORC member as voted for by the Main Committee. It was a spectacular season from a veteran campaigner and great supporter of RORC racing.
Another well known previous visitor to Cork Week, Niklas Zenstrom in JV72 Rán 2, was awarded the Dennis P Miller Memorial Trophy for a British Yacht Overseas. Rán travelled all over the world and has an impressive list of victories which included the Mini-Maxi Rolex World Championships, winning her divisions in the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race; Antigua Sailing Week; Newport Bermuda Race; Onion Patch Series and Copa del Rey.