Annalise Murphy was crowned the star of Irish sailing at an awards ceremony last night in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

The 22-year-old claimed the coveted prize for Sailing Achievement of the Year at the Irish Sailing Association’s prestigious Awards Ball in the Royal Marine Hotel.

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.

Speaking about her win Murphy said: “It's a huge honour to win the Sailing Achievement of the Year.

"I had a great year last year in 2012. Unfortunately my last day in the Olympics didn't quite got to plan but that's why I'm here training again to try and change that in four years’ time“.

The association awarded a total of seven awards and praised all 25 nominees for their achievements.  

Among the award recipients was 10-time Paralympian John Twomey.

Twomey sailed at the London 2012 Paralympics marking his 10th consecutive Games, a record for any Irish Olympic or Paralympic athlete.

Twomey was presented with the ISA President’s Award in recognition of his substantial contribution to sailing, not only by representing his country for the 10th time but for his efforts in developing sailing for people with disabilities.