Port Out, Starboard Home for St. Conleth’s Sail Team!

Conlethians have been sailing for generations.  It just kind of goes with the ‘sons and daughters of Catholic gentlemen’ territory.  And Conlethians have been sailing competitively just as long: one of our early alums, Archibald ‘Archie’ Winslow-Wilson, actually sailed with the famous skipper Briggs Cunningham on the Columbia when he wrenched the America’s Cup from colonial hands in ’58.  And throughout the subsequent years, individual Conlethians such as Cian Cahill have parted the winds and wave with skill and style en route to sailing glory.  But over this Easter break, St. Conleth’s and sailing were linked in a new and exciting way as a mixed-age team from the school competed in its first ever race and finished tied for third in the Leinster Schools Sailing Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.   On the ‘count-back’, we slipped into fourth but it truly was an amazing finish for a group of youngsters competing as a team for the first time.  Old salts from Sixth Year, Paddy Cahill and Richard Hogan, were joined in this maritime endeavour by the powerful Pettitt brothers, Sean and Simon, and eager youngsters Harry and Trevor.  It is perhaps no coincidence that under Head of Sport Gavin Maguire sailing has become a mainstay of both the Junior and Senior Schools’ extracurriculars (Sr, Jr).