Robin Eagleson of Lough Erne Yacht Club was elected World President of the International J/24 Class Association at the World Council Meeting held recently in Howth. His election represents a considerable honour for Ireland and Irish sailing, as the J/24 - the World’s largest keelboat class - normally elects its President from its North American fleets.
Outgoing President, Jim Farmer of the USA, stated that “It was the culmination of many years of dedicated work on the World Council by Robin, which began back in 2000 in Amsterdam”. Farmer further stated that “Robin’s persistence, diligence and superb communications skills enabled him to make major contribution to the International J/24 Class over the years and these skills would stand him well in his presidency”.
Robin had been largely instrumental in bring the BMW J/24 European Championships to Howth in 2011 and the World Championships – also sponsored by BMW - are coming to Howth in August 2013 when it is expected that circa 60 J/24s will attend, representing USA, Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Australia Germany, Sweden, Italy, France, Greece, Hungary, Holland, UK & Ireland.