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Colman Grimes of Skerries is “Sailor of the Month (Services to Sailing and Dinghy Racing)” for September

1st October 2022
Event Organiser Colman Grimes and crewman Ross Gingles finishing fifth in Entry #1 in the GP14 Worlds at Skerries
Event Organiser Colman Grimes and crewman Ross Gingles finishing fifth in Entry #1 in the GP14 Worlds at Skerries

There can have been few things more dispiriting in recent years than being in the key role in organising a major international sporting event in Ireland as it hung in the balance in the face of changing pandemic restrictions. Yet Colman Grimes, the central figure in staging the GP14 Worlds in Skerries, kept everyone’s sprits up despite uncertainties and changes of date from pre-2020 onwards. And when the dates were finally set for the latter half of the 2022 season, he was first to step up to the plate, putting in his own boat in as Entry #1.

It’s not unknown for an organiser to take part in the racing, but it’s very rare with a fleet of 106 boats putting pressure on venue and organisers alike. Yet he had great support in his crew Ross Gingles, and this big event not only dealt successfully with some difficult racing days, but the Grimes-Gingle combo worked so well afloat that they came in fifth overall, first of all the Irish boats and ahead of other impressive opposition up to Olympic standard. It was a remarkable performance afloat and ashore.

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