NYC Junior Awards Dinner 2014

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailtAnother great NYC junior awards dinner was celebrated in Saturday last when almost 200 parents, coaches and sailors aged 8 to 18 years gathered to mark the successes of 2014. It is a busy night at the club starting at 7pm when sailors dined with their summer friends and coaches while parents gathered in the JB room for a glass of wine and a brief overview of the junior section plans for 2015.  All then gathered upstairs in the dining room where many awards were made. We were delighted to welcome back our SI for 2014 Sara Quigley who presented the awards to sailors who participated with distinction in the NYC summer courses earlier this year acknowledging their hard work and improvement in their sailing skills.  Sara also presented Grainne Clarke and William Shanahan with the Summer Instructor Awards. The full fleet of 61 NYC juniors who competed in regattas in Ireland and abroad received awards in recognition of their success in competition in 2014. Individual awards were presented to the sailors who achieved the greatest success in their dinghy class events. 29er: Sean Donnelly 5th British Nationals and ISAF. Laser: Nicole Hemeryck 3rd British Nationals and Daniel Raymond, highest ranked Irish boy at Laser 4.7 Europeans Topper: Heather Spain Highest ranked Irish girl at Topper Worlds and Hugh Perrette ISA Youth National Champion Feva Graine Young Feva National Champion Optimist Senior Fleet Dara Donnelly highest ranked Optimist sailor and Clare Gorman highest ranked Irish girl at Optimist Europeans Optimist Junior Fleet Charlie Cullen ranked no 4 and Luke Rickard ranked no 11. Awards for excellence were given to a number of sailors as ‘ones to watch’ for the future given their high achievement in sailing events this year, Ella Hemeryck, Nicola Ferguson, Conor Kneafsey, Lorcan Tighe and Cian Murphy. Special mention was made for Dara Donnelly who is the Irish Optimist champion. This is the first time this award has come to NYC and we are very proud. There was a happy family moment when Dave Gorman presented the Irish  Optimist senior team of the year trophy, won at the Optimist National Championship in RCYC,  to Dara Donnelly, Ella Hemeryck and Claire Gorman. The last time this important trophy came to NYC was 31 years ago when Dave won it with his team. Finally the main award of the evening, The Cathy McAleevy trophy, for Cadet of the Year was presented by Cathy to Finn Lynch in recognition of his considerable achievements this year. Finn won the Irish Youth National Championship and was 10th at Spit Olympic week in Croatia last May, this result put him on the start line for the Olympic qualifier in Santander last September.  Finn is no longer a junior so this is the last time he can win this award. All NYC juniors wish him continued success and will follow his stellar career with pride.