Conversations with…


November 16, Thursday, 2:00 pm

Conversations with… Sean McDermott
“Sailing the World’s Iconic
Sailboat Races”

2017 marks the 50th year that Sean has been racing sailboats. From early campaigns in 420s, 470s and Fireballs he then moved on to small keelboats like the J22, Sonar and finally the J24 where he enjoyed many successes at National and International levels. He has raced J105s internationally as well and currently owns one-half of the Squadron-based McMac, a J105. While cruising has usually taken the form of boat deliveries as well as one epic Arctic adventure, his focus of late has been big-boat offshore racing. As primary helm and watch captain he has been part of the Triple Lindy adventure for several years now and has introduced several other Novi sailors to the New York based Swan 44 Mk II campaign. This has resulted in his racing in many Newport-Bermuda races, a Marion-Bermuda, Marblehead to Halifax Races, Swan Sardinia Cup (Swan 60 OD), RORC Caribbean 600, Les Voile de Saint Barth as well as Key West and Charleston Race Weeks and most recently, the 2016 RORC Sydney-Hobart Race and the epic 2017 Fastnet Race. In the immediate future, he will be racing the RORC Middle Sea Race (Malta) in October and back to Sydney for the 2017 Sydney to Hobart Race aboard the new Triple Lindy, an all-carbon Cookson 50. There are several other major events planned by Triple Lindy’s owner in the coming years such as a Transatlantic, Transpac and many more, that will see a continuation of this level of racing.

When not racing, Sean’s professional career takes him to frontier areas like Kazakhstan, Russia, the US and Canadian Arctic regions as well as Norway and NE Greenland, as an ice management expert. In this role he spends much of his time in either helicopters or on ice breakers or even icebergs. Sean is a past and present
Squadron sailing committee member and former Member at Large as well being a past Vice-Commodore of Sailing. Sean and his wife Carla Dale co-won RNSYS Sailor of the Year honours many years ago.