Tonight (Mon) a very pleasant ceremony took place at the Royal Cork Yacht club when Admiral Peter Deasy was presented with a magnificent silver trophy by Mrs. Eithne Payne wife of the very well known sailor Somers Payne. This trophy will be sailed for by the National Eighteen Class and will go to the winner of the Overall League each season. The first winners of this superb and much coveted trophy were Stephen O’Shaughnessy and Mark and Clodagh O’Donovan.
The fascinating story starts as follows: In October 1924 Captain Jimmy Payne represented the Irish Free State in the first ever World Dinghy Championship organised by the Brussels Royal Yacht Club. In his first competition outside Cork, Jimmy Payne achieved a convincing victory against strong competition from France, Holland, England, Belgium and Italy and returned home to a hero’s welcome. Report published by Irish Times newspaper in October 1924
Payne’s victory meant that the club hosted the following World Dinghy Championship in August 1925. This time there were four competitors, representing the Irish Free State, Britain, Holland and Belgium. By the start of the third and last day Ireland and Holland were level pegging with seven points each. This time Payne won the deciding event by 29 seconds from Bokre of Holland to secure overall victory and a magnificent silver trophy.