YOUNG Lough Derg Yacht Club sailor Claire Lambert has been shortlisted for one of the Irish Sailing Association’s (ISA) prestigious annual awards. A total of 25 nominees have been announced across six categories with Claire earning her nomination in the Instructor of the Year category.
The winners will be announced at the ISA 7th Annual Awards Ball in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, on March 2 as hundreds of members and supporters of the Irish sailing community come together for one evening of celebration.
Claire, who hails from Dublin but she spends her summers sailing on Lough Derg out of Dromineer, has been nominated for this award by members of the public who have been instructed by her throughout the year. Claire’s “dedication and commitment” and “caring and compassionate manner” were among the traits that were recognised by the students of Lough Derg Yacht Club. Having sailed from the club for many years,
Claire qualified as a sailing instructor in 2011 at the age of 17. A natural on the water, she has earned the admiration from the many young children she has introduced to sailing as well as nurturing their love of the water. As the face of the sport to so many, the ISA feels it is important to recognise the wonderful work its instructors do in growing the sport of sailing across our island.
Other awards on the night include the premier accolade of the Irish sailing community; the ISA Sailing Achievement of the Year award. The female star of Irish sailing Annalise Murphy will go head-to-head against two other outstanding nominees for this award. Fellow ISA Olympic teammates Peter O’Leary and David Burrows earned their nod when they won gold at the pre-Olympic Sail for Gold regatta, which took place less than two months before the Games at the Olympic venue in Weymouth. But both contenders will face stiff completion from the third nominee; offshore sailor Damian Foxall who was Watch Captain on Groupama, winner of the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Yacht Race.
As the most exciting annual social event for the Irish sailing community, the ISA 7th Annual Awards Ball provides a platform for the ISA to officially acknowledge and commend some of the outstanding contributors to sailing over the past 12 months.
ISA chief executive Harry Hermon said: “We’re delighted to host this event for the seventh year to honour Ireland’s talented and dedicated sailors. 2012 was a phenomenal year for us, and we’re proud to publicly recognise the accomplishments made by some of our champions”.