The Royal Alfred Yacht Club held its Annual Black Tie Dinner and Prize-giving on
Friday 21st in the RIYC, Dun Laoghaire.
A packed dining room was treated to an excellent meal, fine wines and after the prize-
giving a short presentation by Liam Coyne of his incredible round Britain and Ireland
odyssey in which he came first in the two-handed class and came sixth overall.
The Alfred’s Trophies, some of which date back to the mid 1800s, were presented by
Commodore Barry MacNeaney. He paid tribute during his speech to the late, and
much missed, Henry Robinson: he also toasted one of his distinguished guests Hal
Bleakley who had announced his retirement from DBSC race officer duties at the end
of the 2014 season.
The Royal Alfred is one of the very few Clubs to award crew prizes as well as those to
the skipper – this for the Superleague. And these prizes were very well received by the
many crew who attended the Dinner.
The success of the evening may be judged by the lateness of the hour that the last
revellers left the Royal Irish!