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Irish Sailing Awards, Royal College of Surgeons, Stephen's Green, Dublin 4/2/2016
National Yacht Club sailor Liam Shanahan was named the 2015 Irish Sailor of the Year today at the Irish Sailing Awards in Dublin - Shanahan had a remarkable year, including victory in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race in June on his boat Ruth with two miles to spare.
Kilkenny’s Doug Elmes and Malahide’s Colin O’Sullivan jointly took home the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Youth Sailor of the Year award. The Howth Yacht Club sailors were hotly tipped following their recent Bronze medal success at the 2015 Youth World Championships in Malaysia, where they took Ireland’s first doublehanded youth worlds medal in 19 years.
The Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year award was presented to the Royal Irish Yacht Club in honour of their success at local, national and international level.
Mullingar Sailing Club took home the ISA Training Centre of the Year award, having been nominated as winners of the western-region Training Centre of the Year.
Pictured are Liam Shanahan, centre, was named the 2015 Irish Sailor of the Year, presented with his award from Jon Treacy, Sport Ireland CEO, and ISA president David Lovegrove
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Irish Sailing Awards Winners


Liam Shanahan Wins Sailor of the Year Award

Youth Worlds Medalists Win Youth Sailor of the Year Award

National Yacht Club sailor Liam Shanahan was named the 2015 Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year today at the Irish Sailing Awards in Dublin. Drawn from a star-studded shortlist, which included Volvo Ocean race winner Justin Slattery; round-Ireland record-setting Sidney Gavignet; and 11-time Paralympian John Twomey amongst others, Shanahan had a remarkable year, including victory in the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race in June on his boat Ruth with two miles to spare.

Kilkenny’s Doug Elmes and Malahide’s Colin O’Sullivan jointly took home the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Youth Sailor of the Year award. The Howth Yacht Club sailors were hotly tipped following their recent Bronze medal success at the 2015 Youth World Championships in Malaysia, where they took Ireland’s first doublehanded youth worlds medal in 19 years. The shortlist for this tightly contested award included Tipperary’s Aisling Keller; Howth’s Aoife Hopkins and Ewan McMahon; and Waterford’s Geoff Power.

Howth Yacht Club’s Colin O’Sullivan and Doug Elmes with ISA President David Lovegrove

The Mitsubishi Motors Sailing Club of the Year award was presented to the Royal Irish Yacht Club in honour of their success at local, national and international level. The award also takes into account satisfaction of club members; the club’s impact in sailing development and training; the relationship with the local community, and relevant governmental and sporting bodies, both at local and national level.

Mistubishi Motors team with James Horan RICY Club of the Year

Mullingar Sailing Club took home the ISA Training Centre of the Year award, having been nominated as winners of the western-region Training Centre of the Year. Dun Laoghaire’s Royal Irish Yacht Club (eastern region winners), and Limerick’s Foynes Yacht Club (southern region winners) were also shortlisted.

Mullingar Sailing Club Crew - Training Centre of the Year 2015

Mullingar Sailing Club Crew – Training Centre of the Year 2015