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Awards 2024

Fitzpatrick Salver

Founder member Tom Fitzpatrick donated a silver salver to recognise significant cruising activities or significant contributions to the Association. This year the recipient is Leszek Wolnik.

In 2022 Leszek sailed his Vancouver 32 yacht MAIRIN from Ireland across Biscay and down to the Azores. During his preparations he used the Association’s discussion forums effectively to obtain information, validate his plans and inform us of his decisions and progress.

The following year he sailed across the Atlantic assisted by two crew including his young granddaughter. Again, he used the Association as a resource while entertaining and inspiring
us with his reports. In a winter club night talk he gave us an illustrated account of the adventure.

Leszek’s example demonstrates the value the Association offers to its members and to the sport, as well as the value an individual member can bring to the Association.

Slocum Cup

Dermot Reidy donated a silver cup to be known as the Slocum Cup. The award recognises a significant short-handed cruise by a new member. This year the recipient is Catherine O’Brien.

Starting sailing only a few years ago, Catherine bought a small cruiser and learned to sail with club members and friends. When crew weren’t available she took to sailing solo, first in company with other boats then alone.

In 2023 she joined the Cruising Association of Ireland’s summer cruise along the south coast and made several passages with and without crew as part of the fleet in difficult conditions.

Her ‘can do’ approach is a shining example to anyone considering taking up the sport, and especially to women who see the activity dominated by men.

Deep Water Cup

Dermot Reidy donated a second silver cup, also recognising short-handed sailing. This year the recipient is Andrew Kenny.

Andrew has inspired cruising sailors for many years with his solo exploits in the Irish Sea and beyond. Aboard his beloved Moody he ventures out alone in conditions that his peers would consider marginal.

He has also entertained us with his contributions on the discussion forums, not only text but images and videos too.