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Three ISORA sailors received awards in the Volvo ISA Sailor of the Year Ceremony in the RDS Dublin on Friday evening 27th January
Howth YC sailors Conor Fogerty for his global exploits on BAM and Dave Cullen on J/109 Euro Car Parks for the Class Win in the 2016 Round Ireland Race. The third was the 2016 ISORA Champion - Stephen Tudor
Read Winkie Nixon's article on the Award Ceremony in Afloat here
With so many visiting super-boats, it was quite something to get into the frame in any division, and only one Irish boat actually won her class.
This was the J/109 Euro Car Parks skippered by Dave Cullen of Howth, coming from behind to be outright winner of Class 3 after a very closely-fought race. You can read more about Dave's Roud Ireland Race here .
Stephen's award read : The Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association is in a healthy growth phase these days, and a key player is Stephen Tudor of Pwllheli in North Wales, where has also done much to re-vitalise his home port. Thus his overall win of the 2016 ISORA Championship in the final race of the season was hugely popular on both sides of the channel.
Stephen said 'It was a great honour to receive the ISA Sailor of the Month award in September 2016 following the ISORA overall win. To be nominated for the ISA Sailor of the Year Award was truly amazing. I was flattered by the support shown in the voting in AFLOAT and to receive an award in the #Volvo ISA Sailor of The Year Award Ceremony amongst so many distinguished sailors was a humbling experience.
For many yacht owners and crew the idea of racing offshore is daunting as they are concerned about applying navigational skills in unfamiliar settings and under race conditions pressure. Additionally, many are unsure of what preparation to take and may be concerned about doing the right thing in an emergency. We have developed two short courses that aim to build confidence and skills for those who want to race offshore, in particular, for those wishing to take part in the excellent Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association (ISORA) races.
The practical course will be dynamic and tailored to the direct needs of the participants. Our fundamental aim is to give you the confidence and ability to execute a typical ISORA race passage. This course is suitable for both skippers and their crew, and will take place on a race boat, such as our Reflex 38 Lynx
Full information including dates and pricing are available on our website here.