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Philip Bendon        David Kenefick 
Club: Glandore Harbour Yacht Club
Philip grew up in Glandore before moving to Cape Town. He started sailing Optimists before progressing to Laser 4.7s and Radials representing South Africa at multiple World and European championships. When Philip finished school he moved to Dublin before moving to Southampton to study Naval Architecture. He also spent time working for the Chicago Match Race Centre where he learned to Match Race from the world champion Taylor Canfield. In 2013 Philip and his team won the Youth European Match Racing Championship. Philip's personal long term goals include becoming the first Irish team to win the World Match Racing Tour and to one day compete in and win the Americas Cup.
      Club: Royal Cork Yacht Club
David Kenefick's introduction to the sea began at the ripe age of three in the Royal Cork Yacht Club where he progressed to sail for Ireland in the youth classes. He grew up across the river from the clubhouse so his only form of transport was a tender as a young child. At 16 he moved away from home and made the jump into keelboats were he worked for free for a Vendee Globe campaign and learnt the trade. In 2013 he put together his own path to the Vendee Globe start line by joining the tough French Figaro class and became the Rookie Champion of France of Offshore Racing. He’s now back in France working to build on the success of 2013.
 Annalise Murphy        
Club: National Yacht Club
Annalise Murphy had an extraordinary 2013. She kicked off the summer season with two Gold medals in as many weeks, first at the Italian Olympic Week and then in Holland at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. A month later she took Bronze at Sail for Gold in Weymouth, the home of her bitter disappointment 12 months prior. Up next was the Laser Radial European Championship in September but the pressure was really on for Annalise to perform. After all it was being hosted in her own club - the National Yacht Club. With all eyes on her she certainly didn't disappoint, scooping the Gold with a staggering 22 point lead. And to round off her year Annalise travelled to Hawaii to compete in the Moth World Championships where she continued to hone her skills and technique.


This award is presented by the ISA to recognise an outstanding achievement by an Irish sailor during the year.

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Last Year's Winner

Annalise Murphy

As the female star of Irish sailing, Annalise had both an extraordinary and heart-breaking year. The 22 year old began her 2012 Olympic season with a top 10 at the ISAF World Cup in Miami in January and finished her pre-London events with a bronze at Sail for Gold in Weymouth in June. Winning the hearts of the nation, Annalise had an incredible debut at the Games winning her first four races. Ultimately she returned home having finished in fourth place following one of the closest battles for the podium sailing has ever seen.


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