Damian Foxall – Barcelona Race Winner at the NYC

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailP1000716eOn the 24th April 2008 Damian Foxall gave an enthralling presentation to a packed house of members of the National Yacht Club. He was welcomed to the Club by Commodore, Peter Ryan , who is also Chairman of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA). He has 26 years of experience sailing all types of boats from 60 foot multihulls to small dinghies and competing in the America’s Cup to the Olympics, He has sailed over 275,000 miles having taken part in six round the world races, 17 trans-Atlantic crossings and was part of the record-breaking team that smashed the Jules Verne Trophy for the round the world speed record in 2004 with the late Steve Fossett on Cheyenne. On the 11th February 2008 along with his co-skipper Jean Pierre Dick he won the 25,000 mile Barcelona World Race in 92 day 8 hours and 49 minutes. He outlined the technology associated with the design and construction of the boat “Paprec-Virbac”, a Farr designed IMOCA Open60. He described the conditions they he and his co-skipper Jean Pierre Dick had to endure during the race. He also recalled some of the near disasters that befell them and in particular the failure of their forestay in the closing stages of the race. He finished by giving some plans for his future challenge in the Volvo Race. At the end of the presentation, Peter Ryan thanked Damian for the fantastic presentation and presented him with Honorary Membership of the National Yacht Club. Damian promised to return soon to the National to talk again to the Members and the Junior members of the National Yacht Club.