CIT Sailors Compete in Los Angeles

cit sailing 2Cork Institute of Technology, as lead partner in the Cool Route wish safe travels and fair winds to the CIT Sailing Club members,  who tomorrow begin their long journey to Los Angeles!

This Thursday, led by 29er dinghy ace and CIT Sports Scholarship recipient Harry Durcan of Crosshaven on the helm and captain and Club Chairperson Grattan Roberts from Carrigaline, will be competing in the Port of Los Angeles Harbour Cup Invitational Regatta. The prestigious event, is hosted by Los Angeles Yacht Club (LAYC) and Cal Maritime Sailing. CIT Sailing Club is honoured to have been chosen to represent Ireland again this year .

Given the importance of this event, all the best sailing colleges in America apply for an invitation but only a handful get invited. CIT will be racing against the top five west and top four east coast American Universities that include the Naval and Coast guard academies over the course of a competitive 3-day event from the 8th to the 10th March (training on the 7th).

Training has been taking place in Crosshaven’s “Royal Cork Club” 1720s over the past few weeks. After placing tied for 5th last year including a few race victories, along with four returning crew members, CIT is really looking forward to returning to Los Angeles to have another shot at a great event and compete  again for a 2019 podium finish.

Being awarded this unique opportunity to represent Ireland is a great honour for the sailors in CIT and the club itself. The invitation is as a result of our participation at last year’s event and our members’ sailing achievements. It is the nature of sailing that some of the most noteworthy international events are organised on a ‘by invitation’ basis.

There is no equivalent to this event in Irish varsity sailing and it is unlikely there ever will be. The opportunity to represent CIT and Ireland in this high profile event is a reason for sailors to consider coming to study in CIT. We wish Harry, Ronan, Scott, Grattan, Anna, Morgan, Georgia, Jack and Mark every success as they fly the CIT flag on the world stage. The Club is also delighted to have secured Coach Adam Hyland,  whose vast experience includes coaching Irish Olympic teams.

BEST wishes to everyone- Fair Winds – STAY COOL and Bring Home the Medals.

CIT Team:

Role                       Name                             Home Yacht Club             CIT Course

Helm                     Harry Durcan                    RCYC/BSC                            Business 1
Tactician               Ronan Cournane              KYC                                        Engineering 1
Main-trim            Scott O’Sullivan                KYC                                         Interior Architecture 2
Trim 1                    Grattan Roberts               RCYC                                      Mechanical Engineering 2
Pit                           Anna Carthy                     BSC                                         Tourism 3
Pit assist               Morgan McKnight           FMOEC                                  Nautical Science 1
Float                      Georgia Keating               RCYC                                      Nautical Science 1
Mast                      Jack Stoat                          CSC                                         Nautical Science 1
Bow                       Mark Murphy                   SHSC                                      Business 1
Coach                 Adam Hyland


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