The club house was packed to the rafters last Friday night for the annual junior laying up supper, with well over two hundred of our sailors and their parents celebrating a wonderful year for the Royal Cork across the dinghy fraternity.
Our hard working class captains and junior organiser gave a brief overview of their activity for the year by way of highlighting key events. This overview was punctuated by a number of special presentations ;
First up was the presentation of a beautiful oil painting from club member Ian venner on behalf of Ernst & Young, which will be displayed in the clubhouse.
Next up was the presentation of a wonderful trophy in memory of the late Frank Thompson, by Ailish Thompson. The very worthy recipient this year was Darren O’Keeffe (and the wider O’Keeffe family) for their selfless dedication to organising activity for our very young members over the last number of years.
A short overview followed by two time Olympian Ryan Seaton who has just teamed up with Seafra Guilfoyle to campaign for the 2020 olympics in a 49er dinghy.
Finally , the climax of the evening was the presentation of the magnificent pywacket trophy which is awarded to a dinghy sailor who excels in any one year. As always, the standard of nominees was very high from each class but the standout winner was Johnny Durcan for an exceptional year in the laser radial class across a series of regattas at home and abroad.
Thanks to all those who worked so hard to make 2016 the success it was for the Royal Cork junior dinghies and also to Bob Bateman for the attached photographs. We look forward to another action packed year in 2017.