Many of our members will remember very fondly Mrs. Sue McDonnell who joined the Club in 2002 when she and John Hall bought their Beneteau 31.7 ’30 Something’.
In 2007 having sold the Beneteau she also co-owned the very successful J109 ‘Something Else’ until her untimely death in 2014.
Sue started sailing out of Bray Sailing Club in the early sixties and was for many years, and still is, a role model for gender equality and active women participation in our sport.
In honour and in memory of his late wife and of her deep attachment to the Club, Mr. John McDonnell is presenting a new perpetual trophy to the NYC which, after an immediate unanimity between the Club’s Committee and Sue’s family and in a very befitting manner to her example, will now be presented to ‘the Female club member who has contributed most to the advancement of women in sailing’
This new award is extremely timely as the NYC was selected to host the inaugural Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta this year and also the reconfirmed host in 2020.
To nominate a fellow member for the new ‘Sue McDonnell Trophy’ or for any other existing Club Sailing Award, please click here