Local ladies sail in memory of Victoria

Five crews of eager ladies took to Lough Foyle recently in memory of a much-missed little local girl.

Moville and Greencastle Ladies Yacht Race, in memory of Victoria Thompson, was a great success on Saturday, June 20th last.

The five crews took to the Foyle for the fourth year in order to race for the Victoria Thompson trophy.

A spokesperson told how, with adequate wind and splashes of sunshine, the sailing was “fast and competitive.”

The owners of ‘Magaera,’ ‘Halycone,’ ‘First Mates,’ ‘Dream Machine’ and ‘Guinevere’ yachts, accompanied the women, but they took a back seat where tactics were concerned. Moville Boat Club commodore, Kim Banks, told the ‘Journal’: “This is the fourth year the Moville and Greencastle ladies sailed in this special race, to remember Victoria.”

Victoria’s dad Brian Thompson also paid tribute to all involved in honouring young Victoria.

He said: “The race started while Victoria was cared for in LauraLynn, Ireland’s only children’s hospice, in Dublin.

“This race keeps Victoria’s memory alive.

He added: “It is lovely to watch the sails filling in her honour every year. We wish to thank everyone involved.”

Later in the evening, all involved attended a buffet meal in The Castle Inn and a presentation in Kealey’s Bar, with music by ‘The Falcor’, ensuring the day sailed into the night.

The winning Megara crew, are the proud recipients of the molten glass trophy.

The crew took the accolade for the third year running and plans are already underway for next year.

“Already, the ladies are gearing up for their practice sessions, on Wednesday evenings, for next year’s race,” added commodore, Kim Banks,

“Moville Boat club are honoured to organise this annual, memorial, yacht race.”