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Bateman brothers scoop award

Thursday, 2nd January, 2020 9:39am

The Bateman brothers have been recognised for their outstanding achievements on the water this year.

The sailing duo, Chris and Olin, have both enjoyed a remarkable 2019 and capped it off by being named the Cork City and County Youth Award winners for November. Chris (aged 18) of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club and Royal Cork YC won this year’s Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships in Schull with his younger brother Olin (aged 9) as crew.

Olin was the youngest competitor at the championships where the Batemans had a decisive victory, winning four out of the nine races, and finishing with 22 points at Schull Harbour.

Chris and Olin started sailing in similar ways, both relatively young by Irish standards, both at the end of a long rope tied into an optimist dinghy and both had their father Rob standing in water up to his waist while holding the rope bellowing instructions and encouragement. The most significant difference between them was the location; Chris on the tidal water off the Sandquay in Monkstown and Olin on the waters of Lough Mask in Co. Mayo.

Sailing is certainly in the blood for the brothers with mother Marcia an accomplished dinghy and classic boat sailor herself while both parents went through the Eddie English sailor production line. Older sister Ethel also sails out of the RCYC.

Olin and mother Marcia accepted the award on behalf of the brothers at a ceremony held by sponsors The Metropole Hotel while John Buckley of John Buckley Sports, who also sponsor the award, was in attendance on the day.

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