The Awards are a celebration of the Royal St George Yacht Clubs Sailing Achievements of 2018, and of the members of the Royal St George Yacht Club. All nominations are encouraged and will assist the Sailing Committee in recognizing those RStGYC Sailors & Club members with significant achievements during 2018.
If you have nominations for any of the trophies or categories below please take a moment to nominate the person, boat, or crew so that their sailing achievements can be recognized. Click here to make your nominations now.
Commodore’s Cup (Best Offshore Performance)
Team Joshua Trio made up of the RSGYC boats Aurelia, Platinum Blonde and Windjammer which won the team prize with 3 IRC boats from different IRC classes in the Round Ireland Race.
CPS and Aurelia for outstanding results in ISORA and other wins.
Vice-Commodore’s Cup (Significant Dinghy Performance)
Shirley Gilmore- Laser Class
Shirley was the first ever Lady Radial sailor to win the overall trophy for the 2017/2018 DMYC Frostbite series. She was First Lady at the Irish Laser Master Nationals in May 2018. Finally, she was the only female qualifier for the Irish team for the Laser Master Worlds in September. She is inspiring many female Laser sailors to either enter or return to the sport and was profiled in an autumn feature by IS as a “Sailing Hero”.
Tom Higgins- Laser Class
Tom represented Ireland at the Laser Radial Youth Worlds in 2018. He finished 2nd U17 and 7th overall at the Championships
O’Hanlon Cup (Best Cruise of 2018)
‘Cevantes’ (Paul Conway)
Cevantes a Contessa 32 and her crew cruised from Dún Laoghaire to South Brittany over a number of weeks, changing crew and visiting many ports. Her owner kept a log and had had it published by the ICC
Enriquetta Cup (Significant Keelboat Performance)
Brendan & Sarah Foley aboard ‘Running Wild’
A great season and lots of fun racing the best quarter tonners in the country in a super competitive fleet. Their boat is family owned and crewed by family and friends. A particular highlight was winning the East Coast Championships which were sailed in 28kts plus. George members sailing include Brendan Foley, Mark Hennessy, Dave Fogarty, Sarah Fogarty, Ian Bell, and John Sheehy.
Causeway Trophy (For Sportsmanship)
Youth Award (Significant Contribution by a Youth to the sport of Sailing)
Alana Coakley- Laser 4.7
Alana was on fire in 2018 in her Laser. Her results below speak for themselves.
2nd 2018 national ranking, 1st girl
3rd Munster’s (1st F)
3rd Ulster’s (1st F)
nationals 6th Irish and 1st youth F
3rd Malta Euromed Regatta and 1st F Dec 2018
6th All Ireland junior sailing c/ships, 1st F
Waszp Nationals 2nd overall 1st Female
Grace O’Beirne & Kathy Kelly- 420
Grace O’Beirne and Kathy Kelly graduated from the Optimist and Feva classes respectively and started campaigning a 420 in April 2016. Their first outing was in the Munster Championships in Kinsale. Dedication and constant practice saw them consistently improve and in late 2016 they were invited to join the Irish Sailing 420 Academy.
They competed in Kiel Week in 2017 and represented Ireland at the European Championships in Lake Garda in 2017 and Sesimbra in 2018. Despite injury setbacks in the 2017 season they showed consistent improvements in 2018, placing third in the Youth Nationals in April and topped off a very successful season, winning the Irish 420 Nationals in Howth and were the Irish Sailing Gold Medal winners. The championship was decided on the last run of the last race and the girls held their nerve to see off some serious competition.
Their achievement was particularly significant as they were the first all girl crew to win for many years – girl power and much needed role models for girls in doublehanders.
Elysia O Leary & Lily Dwyer- RS Feva
In 2018 Elysia and Lily made a big commitment to attend all the RS Feva regional and national events around Ireland. Out of 44 boats they achieved 2nd Place in the overall ranking for 2018.
Northerns 1st Place
Westerns 1st Place
Royal Sprints 2nd Place
Southerns 3rd Place
Easterns 4th Place
Inlands 4th Place
Nationals 6th Place
St. Gerards School Regatta 1st Place
This pair are well known for the fun and giggles they have around the race course.
Best of luck to the two girls who are now helming their own 29ers where the giggles continue 😊
Emily Riordan- Optimist Class
Emily has had a very active and strong year in 2018:
Top ranked girl in 2018 in Optimist Class
Top girl at trials in 2018 for the second year in a row – qualifying to represent Ireland at the Europeans.
Top Girl at National Championships
Top 20 in gold fleet in European Championships at Scheveningen, Holland
Emily is a great ambassador for women in Irish sailing and has taken place in an interview and video with Annalise Murphy for the Sports Council of Ireland which has lead to some follow up activity with Sport Ireland.
Moss Simmington- Laser
Size finally put an end to Moss’s Oppie career in April. He has loved being a Laser sailor and getting back to hiking. He had a short stay in the 4.7 rig winning the Ulster Championships in April and coming 10th overall and 2nd U15 in the British Nationals in July. He was by then already too big for the 4.7 and entered the Irish Nationals as a Radial finishing 8th overall and 1st U15. A very enjoyable 2018.
Waterfront Award (Significant Contribution to the sport of Sailing)
Ross O Leary
For his excellent work as laser class captain. He has encouraged many new members to the laser classes and this in turn has resulted in new club members due to the training he has organised. Every sailor feels supported and encouraged with the training sessions. Most of all he ensured that everyone has fun both on and off the water. Also he is a talented dancer/ flosser on bars!! And runs a very entertaining WhatsApp group too!!
David chaired the Committee for the hugely successful Laser Master Worlds in 2018, attracting over 350 Lasers to Dun Laoghaire. The event ran extremely smoothly both on and off the water under his guidance. He pulled together a huge team of willing and capable volunteers, and provided the leadership to make the event the success it was.
For a wonderful addition to the club on and off the water with the rowing and row fit classes. It has brought in new people and potential members who have brought life to dark winter evenings.
There is still time for your nominations- Click here to make your nominations
Last year’s Sailing Oscars night was a full house with an enjoyable evening had by all involved, the 6th of April promises to be another great night.
We will look forward to receiving your nominations, please nominate any Club member that you feel is deserving of an award.