Rohan’s prototype King 40, Blondie IV’s winning of the Class Zero Division at the O’Flynn Exhams Autumn League Regatta by 0.5 points, was enough to clinch the decision by the Judges in his favour to award him the title of Sailor of the Month for October.
To illustrate the thinking of the judges in their decision one can do no better than to quote W.M. Nixon in his sailing column from to day’s Irish Independent:
“It is Rohan’s perseverance and sailing management skills that are being celebrated this weekend. When the very new Blondie IV made her debut over two years ago, she was so fresh out of the box being the prototype of latest marks Mills 40ft design that teething problems were inevitable.
The concept was brilliant and the performance potential was always there. But getting all the bells and whistles to ring on time and in tune with a boat being built in early series production in Argentina posed mighty problems. Then too, there was the credibility factor – the challenge of assembling and keeping a crew of all the necessary talents while bringing the boat to full sea going and racing potential”.
All the problems were successfully overcome and so, this weekend, Eamonn Rohan has been honoured and he and his crew have the good wishes and congratulations of his fellow members of the Royal Cork Yacht Club.