Apparently, it’s Spring. The biting cold in Dun Laoghaire Harbour today would suggest otherwise!!
There has been much preparation put in by all our sailors ahead of Trials 2018. Some of these preparations included the long-standing tradition of presentation of trials jackets. Pictured over are Darragh and Rian Collins, Emmet Lucas, James Murphy (all first time triallists) and Jamie Venner, with Class Captain Ian Venner and Rear Admiral (Dinghies) Brian Jones.
9 of the Royal Cork squad also headed to the Brassed Off Cup in Howth YC on Good Friday. They were greeted with lovely
conditions on arrival, but the breeze lightened off considerably. The first race was abandoned, with our sailors well in contention. The second start proved to be the only race in the series, won by Ben O’Shaughnessy with Michael Crosbie 2nd. Patrick Bruen and Richard McSweeney made the top 10. Also included in the photo are Darragh and Rian Collins, Jamie Venner, Kate Horgan and Eoin Horgan.
Light conditions also plagued overseas events. Justin Lucas finished a superb 2nd at the Magic Marine Regatta in Brassermermeer, with Harry Twomey also well in contention until an early return home. James Dwyer Matthews made the trip to Garda, scoring a 2 and 11 amongst his results.
That’s not the whole story however – the Royal Cork are also represented at Trials by
Alana Twomey, Anna Keal, David McSweeney, Eva Spillane, George O’Keeffe, George Pritchard, Harry Pritchard and Simon Pritchard – a total of 22 club sailors. Also attending are dual-flag sailors Archie Daly (of the host club Royal St. G) YC and Eimer McMorrow Moriarty, TBSC.
A huge thanks to our coaches, Peter McCann and Eoin Lyden, along with Michal Gryglewski who have put in many long days to prepare our sailors. Finally, good luck to all our Optimist sailors, and good luck also to the many former Optimist sailors who are challenging for the ISA Youth Nationals in other classes!