The planning and preparation for an event like this was “a bit more than we expected, however it holds nothing in comparison to an actual Olympic campaign” says young Colm Roche, chief organiser of the recent 24 hour marathon held in Broadmeadows in support of the Dickson Waddilove 49er Ireland Olympic Fund. Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove are pictured first and second from the RHS of the photo. Colm is centre stage!
Colm and several other Malahide sailors are involved in DCU Surf ‘n’ Sail Club. He also says “that as a club, to have completed a new challenge such as the 24hr sail is an achievement that we will remember past our college days, especially when it was to help one of our own sailors campaign to the top”. To this end they even paid a visit to the Friday Night diners in SJT on the Friday evening to persuade them to support the raffle they ran in conjunction with the event. David Haisley, Michael Arthurs and Padraig Somers took home some nice prizes.
DCU Surfn’Sail acknowledge the support and generosity of Malahide Yacht Club and all its members. A special thank you goes to Deirdre, Matt, Niall and Therese, as without their support this event could not have come together. Thanks is also due to the great shore and rescue teams and also the sailors themselves who took part in particular to the Malahide members who aren’t DCU students at all but still offered a helping hand – Cara McDowell, Sarah Gallagher, Alex Shackleton, Lizzy McDowell and Colum McCaffery. The club’s aim was to not only fundraise for the boys campaign but to give something back to the juniors of the MYC (which they did in spades), with some introduction to team racing and a chance to try out a 49er!
They were blessed with the weather, the club facilities and the support of several sponsors.
Sincere thanks to
- The Grand Hotel of Malahide,
- Red Bull,
- Nickys Plaice of Howth,
- Bank of Ireland,
- Firehouse and
- Dickson Bearing and Transmissions ltd.
Due to the success of this fantastic event the team raised a total of €3,635! While short of their target they recognise that this is a phenomenal achievement and are leaving the online donation page open for another while.