Huge CONGRATULATIONS to our 2018 NATIONAL MERMAID CHAMPIONS Darragh McCormack, Mark McCormack and Johnny Dillon on 188 Innocence.
This is the first time since the Dublin Bay National Mermaid Championships started in 1953 that a Foynes boat has claimed the Mermaid National Title, needless to say, the onshore welcome party didn’t hold back with hooters, champagne, family and friends coming to greet the NEW CHAMPIONS as 188 Innocence came back to the slip!
The Championship came to a close on Sunday evening after four great days of racing in a very competitive fleet. Race Officer for the event, Scorie Wall, perfectly executed the scheduled racing with ten races and one crew race, all in the bag as planned. Scorie was complemented throughout the event for her excellent race management and fantastic attitude and support of the class.
A prizegiving dinner was held at the Clubhouse on Sunday evening with over 100 people attending. It was great to see so many from the local community and fellow sailors taking part in the celebrations and showing their support for these well deserved winners Darragh, Mark and Johnny. Celebrations continued into late Monday morning with the song “We are the Champions, and we’ll keep on fighting to the end” chanting in the background, and that’s exactly what they did, they never gave up, and fought hard over the years to win this title, coming close on a few occasions but this weekend all their efforts paid off.
A very proud day for Foynes Yacht Club and for James – Commodore and his wife Patricia to see their sons Darragh and Mark and their good friend Johnny to win this title.
Overall it was a very enjoyable Championship with great, close racing. A number of new boats, in particular, young helms did themselves proud. A new Best U/25 Helm Perpetual Cup was donated by the Finucane Family to the MSA in honour of Michael Finucane who died earlier in the year, a life long member of Foynes Yacht Club.
The overall Daphne went to 185 The Message (SSC) Ross Galbraith and Crew, the overall Designer went to 121 Red Seal (NYC) Darrach Dineen and Crew, and Best U/25 Helm went to Oisin Finucane (FYC).
In the overall Championship 2nd place went to 77 Tiller Girl (NYC) Jonathan O’Rourke and Crew and 3rd place went to 177 This Is It (SSC) Mark Boylan and Crew.
And the winners of the 2018 National Mermaid Title ( for the first time ever since the National Mermaid Championships started in 1953) are: “188 INNOCENCE” helmed by Darragh McCormack and crew Mark McCormack and Johnny Dillon.
A proud day for Foynes Yacht Club!
A huge THANK YOU to Principal Race Officer – Scorie Wall and her husband Michael who assisted her, Commodore – James McCormack, Class Captain – Bev Lowes, Safety Officer – Tom Murray, Committee Boat – Ray McGibney and Crew, Mark Laying Boats – James McCormack, John Paul Buckley and their Crews, Safety Boats – Patrick Finucane and Crew, Blog – Elaine O’Mahoney, Photographer – Ted Kelly, Club House – Patricia McCormack and Crew, and Trevor Browne, for all his help and encouragement given to our Mermaid sailors before and during the event. Last but not least thank you to our Sponsors for their continued support to Foynes Yacht Club.
As it is impossible to name everybody please accept our thanks and gratitude to all who made huge efforts in giving their voluntary time, both on and off the water.