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Victoria’s Sailing Ladies Raise Awareness for Local and National Charities

Moville Boat Club recently ran their third annual ladies yacht race in association with the ISA Women on the Water Ireland and Active Donegal in memory of a precious little local lady Victoria Thompson.

With atrocious weather conditions the past two years, the Moville Boat Club female crews were prepared for anything – except - no wind!  After a very slow start with only a light breeze and a frustrating first lap of the two-lap course, the wind picked up to around 18 knots and all six participating boats were flying – Aaroura, Dream Machine, First Mates, Guinevere, Halcyone and Magaera.

The all female crews paid €10 towards the ISA WOWI Action Breast Cancer campaign and raised €462 whilst also raising some money for a local disabled sailing initiative, Foyle Sailability through a nautical themed quiz after the race and before the dancing started!  

The success of the race is a testament to the efforts of Moville Boat Club over the last few years to promote the club and grow membership.

Kim Banks, the first female Commodore of Moville Boat Club said, “We have actively been trying to encourage people to try sailing through our ladies race, Wednesday night training sessions and our upcoming dinghy nights.  The ladies race has been one of our key successes, growing year on year.  The first year we did it, we had 25 women on 5 boats and through a huge effort from the club we managed to raise a significant amount of money for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice as we had a local child there at the time.  Last year the ladies unanimously decided to dedicate the trophy to baby Victoria Thompson’s memory and while this year we proudly remained attached to the ISA WOWI and joined forces Active Donegal ‘Come and Try it’, Victoria was very much in our thoughts with her Mummy sailing as a member of the First Mates crew.”

Kim continued “With over 35 women taking part on 6 yachts this year, we are delighted with the continued support of the boat owners, club members and wider community.  We have great fun organising and planning the event as well as taking part on the day.  We even had a mini hen party for one of our ladies , Yvonne Farren, in the run up to the race.”

Magaera proudly lifted the Victoria Trophy for the second year running. 

Sharon Thompson, mum of Victoria said, “I am very proud that Moville Boat Club ladies have embraced Victoria’s memory and continue to keep her present through their efforts to promote ladies sailing and to promote LauraLynn Children’s Hospice which was a lifeline to us when we needed it most.  This race brings a lot of joy to our local area but also helps to send out a wider message of what positive efforts can achieve.”

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