A new annual award to recognise the outstanding contribution by junior sailors was launched yesterday by Bob Geldof KBE at the DYMC. The DMYC “Bob Geldof Spirit of Sailing” Memorial Award is named in honour of the late Bob Geldof, father of Bob Geldof KBE. Bob Geldof senior was a founding member of the DMYC, and passed away in 2010. The first recipient of the Award was Conor Ryan (age 17) from Dalkey.

Liam Owens, our Commodore, had this to say

“The late Bob Geldof was an avid and accomplished sailor. He was a founding member of our Club back in 1965 and always encouraged and nurtured young people who wanted to gain experience and enjoy our sport. He was a much loved member of the DMYC from its earliest years until his death. The Geldof family mindful of his close connections with our Club has donated this new annual award to commemorate his memory and to inspire a new generation of junior sailors at the DMYC.

This award is particularly apt, as we are actively seeking to promote the fun, energetic and thrill of sailing to young people. We want to encourage more people to embrace the sport and get out on the water and to help people in these recessionary times we are offering free membership to 16-19 year olds. New members do not need to have their own boat and existing members are always delighted to welcome newcomers to crew on their boats”.