Three Wicklow nominees on sailing award shortlist
Three Wicklow nominees have been shortlisted for this year's Irish Sailing Association Annual Awards.
The three nominees - Wicklow Sailing Club, Greystones Sailing Club and Dennis Noonan - will have to wait until March 2 for the 7th Annual Awards Ball in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire before finding out if they will be among the winners on the night.
Wicklow Sailing Club was nominated in the new ISA Mitsubishi Motors Club of the Year Award and earned its nod for hosting the 17th biennial Round Ireland Yacht Race, now on an equal footing to the famous Fastnet Race. The ISA commented,' the fact that Wicklow Sailing Club continues to be an active and hospitable place throughout the 24-month gaps between each Round Ireland speaks volumes for the enthusiasm of the club, and the fact that it is building a strong local base of sailing talent.'
Greystones Sailing Club competes for the title of ISA Training Centre of the Year 2012. This will be the clubs second consecutive year as a nominee for that particular award having established a reputation as one of the top dinghy sailing clubs in Ireland. Founded in 1968, the club today has over 350 members and an active training program providing instruction to 150 local children and adults every year.
Dennis Noonan has been nominated for the Volunteer of the Year award. He has been a volunteer for Wicklow Sailing Club for over a decade, acting as race director for the Round Ireland Yacht Race for the past 12 years. Now in his 70s, Dennis retired from the position of race director following the management of his seventh successful race last summer.