LOUGH Derg Yacht Club sailor Claire Lambert was named Instructor-of-the-Year at the Irish Sailing Association’s 7th Annual Awards Ball in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire. She received the award in recognition of her tuition in the Dromineer club.
Although hailing from Dublin, Claire spends her summers sailing on Lough Derg. She was nominated for this award by members of the public who have been instructed by her throughout the year. Claire only qualified as an instructor last year, so winning the award was a huge achievement and a credit to the wonderful work she has been doing in growing the sport of sailing.
ISA president and Lough Derg Yacht Club member Niamh McCutcheon from Nenagh remarked: “The ISA Awards Ball is the occasion for us to reminisce and celebrate 12 months of successes and also launch the new season in style. Last year was an incredibly successful year for Irish sailing. 11 sailors represented Ireland at both the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, dozens of medals were claimed at events around the world and we played host to such high profile events as the ISAF Youth Worlds, Volvo Ocean Race Finale and Tall Ships. As we reflect on the past 12 months I can’t help but feel immensely proud that I had the privilege to act as resident of the ISA through what was undoubtedly one of the most exciting years for our sports”.
The ISA 7th Annual Awards Ball was attended by over 250 supporters from all corners of the Irish boating community including Olympic sailors Ryan Seaton, Matt McGovern and Scott Flanigan, while RTE’s Bryan Dobson acted as MC.
The Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, who presented the awards, commented: “The Irish sailing community had a truly remarkable year in 2012 and I am delighted to have the opportunity to congratulate individual sailors who, apart from their competitive achievements, have also been exceptional ambassadors for our country. I also want to pay tribute to all those, whose efforts behind the scenes led to the huge success of events, such as the final of the Volvo Ocean Race and the World Youth Sailing Championships, which entertained so many and showed our country and its people at their best“.
The female star of Irish sailing Annalise Murphy won the coveted prize for Sailing Achievement of the Year, supported by BHP Insurance. Murphy fought off stiff competition from Volvo Ocean Race winner Damian Foxall and her fellow Olympic teammates Peter O’Leary and David Burrows to win the most sought-after award of the Irish sailing community for the second consecutive year. As she is currently competing at a regatta in Spain, Murphy was unable to accept the award in person but she thanked the association via video link.