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Magnificent Trophy for National Eighteen Class

Mrs. Eithne Payne presents Trophy to Admiral Peter Deasy

Mrs. Eithne Payne presenting the Captain J.W. Payne Trophy to Admiral Peter Deasy who accepted it on behalf of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. Picture Robert Bateman

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.

Group Shows L. to R. Stephen O’Shaughnessy, Admiral Peter Deasy presenting Mark O’Donovan with the Captain J.W.Payne Trophy and seated Clodagh O’Donovan and Mrs. Eithne Payne. Picture Robert Bateman

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

First Winning National Eighteen Crew

Stephen O’Shaughnessy With Clodagh and Mark O’Donovan. Picture Robert Bateman

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.

One Response to Magnificent Trophy for National Eighteen Class

  1. Kieran Dwyer August 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Cork Harbour National 18 Foot Class would like to sincerely thank Somers and Eithne Payne for the generous presentation of the magnificent Captain J.W. Payne Trophy to the RCYC. The class will be proud and delighted to sail for such a coveted trophy.

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