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    Seascapes Friday 12 February 2016



    The maritime programme with Marcus Connaughton.

    Seascapes Friday 12th February 2016

    features the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Awards from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland with AFLOAT -Sailor of the Year - Liam Shanahan ;Editor of AFLOAT -David O ' Brien; Commodore James HORAN of RIYC and veteran journalist W M Nixon on his lifetime achievement award and much more.

    Hello and welcome aboard this week’s edition of your maritime programme SEASCAPES , this week we feature the Irish Sailing Association Annual Awards in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on St Stephens Green in Dublin   we heard last week from President David Lovegrove  and CEO  Harry Hermon  , so we’ll be talking to John Treacy of Sport Ireland ; veteran  Sailing journalist William N Nixon on his Lifetime Achievement Award ; AFLOAT editor – David O’ Brien ;  AFLOAT /SAILOR OF THE YEAR – Liam Shanahan of The National Yacht Club ; Paralympians John Twomey and Ian Costelloe on how schools can become involved in their campaign ; writer and broadcaster Norman Freeman author of  The Lure of Far Away Places  recalls the Haj and pilgrims making the voyage to  Mecca ; ............... first on Seascapes  this week  to  James Horan , Commodore of the Royal Irish Yacht Club who we met here on Seascapes a few weeks ago, the RIYC were recognised as the Mitsubishi Club of the Year  at the  ISA Awards in the Royal College of Surgeons in’s James Horan.....

           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.    Well From James Horan , Commodore of the Royal Irish Yacht Club to distinguished athlete and sporting icon John Treacy whom I last met in his home place of Villierstown on the banks of An Abhainn Mor over two decades ago ......John  is the  head of  Sport  Ireland......

    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.

             Next on SEASCAPES  from John Treacy of Sport Ireland to veteran sailing journalist , writer and blogger W M Nixon who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award  - Seascapes sought his reaction ....












    National Yacht Club sailor Liam Shanahan who  was named the 2015 Afloat Irish Sailor of the Year at the Irish Sailing Awards . 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.



    So to Paralympian’s  John Twomey and Ian Costelloe



    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 double handed 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....(pictured below..)









    Next on Seascapes to David O Brien , Editor of AFLOAT Magazine and his thoughts on the state of  sailing .....




















    Norman Freeman and that tale of a Pilgrim Ship from Arabia to Bengal , you can find a treasury of similar tales in Norman’s book  The Lure of Far Away Places – Maritime tales of adventure afloat and ashore published by The Liffey Press..........

    Next week here on your maritime programme  in a Seascapes exclusive we talk to Olympic sailor – Annalise Murphy about her training regime and the sailing conditions that await her in Rio de Janeiro in a few months time at this years Olympic Games  ......writer and broadcaster Hugh Oram on Athlone and the Shannon and its  riverine  heritage ; World Shipping and how the global economy is having a major impact on what is known as The Baltic Dry Index ....and how some ships can now cost  eight thousand dollars a day to run at sea ....  all that and much more , until next Friday night , tight lines and fair sailing.”.


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