Monday 24 July 2017

Joining the yachtie crew

Landlubber Liam Collins sails with Olympic medallist Annalise Murphy and finds that even she gets seasick

Maiden voyage: Liam Collins goes sailing with Annalise Murphy
Maiden voyage: Liam Collins goes sailing with Annalise Murphy
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Annalise Murphy is casually steering the 1720 yacht towards the mouth of Dun Laoghaire harbour, although to my mind we're coming up quite fast on a moored boat with a distinctive blue hull.

"Tack," says the Rio silver medallist and we pull a few ropes and suddenly we're going in the direction we're supposed to.

I've never been on a sailing boat before but I'm somewhat reassured that for the Wednesday afternoon cruise we amateurs are in the hands of Annalise, her coach Rory Fitzpatrick and some of the other Olympic sailing team.

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