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Prestigious sailing prize for the fabulous Baker boy

Published 28/11/2015

Northern Ireland's most talented sailors and dedicated volunteers have been honoured in celebration of their huge contribution to sailing and boating at the prestigious RYA NI annual awards at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners last night.

Among the award recipients was 25-year-old Hammy (Andrew) Baker who received a special International Achievement Award.

Hammy, who hails from Quoile Yacht Club and Ballyholme Yacht Club, is the first person from Northern Ireland to complete the Solitaire du Figaro, a gruelling 2,015 mile race between five European ports - the unofficial world championships of solo offshore sailing. He received RYA NI's Special Award for his success over the last year.

Baker commented: "I feel very privileged to have received this award, it's very humbling. I started sailing with RYA NI when I was younger and that's how I became interested.

"Living and training away from home, it is very special for me to know that people appreciate and follow what I'm doing."

Other winners: Special Award: Kelley Rushton

Young Volunteer of the Year: Cameron Date (Carrickfergus Sailing Club).

Young Powerboater of the Year: Finlay McLees (Ballyholme Yacht Club)

Club Race Coach Of The Year: Alistair McCarlie (County Antrim Yacht Club)

Instructor of the Year: James Campbell (Coleraine Yacht Club).

Volunteer of the Year: James Ogg (Donaghadee Sailing Club).

Club of the Year: Belfast Lough Sailability.

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