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NUI Galway wins ICRA’s Boat of the Year Award

Martin Breen's Reflex 38

Racing around the Fastnet Rock for the second time in 2012, this time to port, during Calves Week Regatta.Picture Robert Bateman

Martin Breen’s Reflex 38 NUI Galway has won the coveted title of Boat of the Year and was a very popular winner at the Annual ICRA Conference held in Kilkenny yesterday (Sat).  The Judges said the student based campaign embodied the spirit of ICRA.

Cork Week

Competing in Cork Week 2012.Picture Robert Bateman

Following the 2012 Round Ireland Race, for which event the boat was raced by a crew from NUI Galway,  she was then campaigned by a separate inshore crew for the ICRA Nationals in Howth. This was  followed by Cork Week 2012 at Royal Cork Yacht Club in July and finished off her 2012 season campaign competing in the Cork Dry Gin Calves Week at Schull in August.

Round Ireland 2012

The Student Crew from NUIGalway at the start of the Round Ireland Race 2012. Picture: Robert Bateman

Speaking with the crew during the Aprés Sailing at Schull one could not but be impressed with their  unbounded enthusiasm for the campaign they had undertaken and expected to be down south again in 2013 for the ICRA Nationals in Fenit and the Sovereign’s Cup in Kinsale.

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