Sailing legend Jerry Kirby to visit Galway
The official pouring rights partner for the Volvo Ocean Race Galway is set to be announced this Friday, when sailing legend Jerry Kirby will visit the city.
Regarded as the ‘Superman’ of ocean racing, the American sailor’s ability, determination and attitude towards the sport that he loves is highly respected among his peers.
A veteran off shore sailor and trusted bowman, Mr Kirby sailed aboard Puma in the 2008-2009 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race and on the Pirates of the Caribbean in 2005-2006.
Referred to as part man, part machine and 100 per cent big kid, Jerry is also known for being one of the most approachable “rock stars” imaginable.
His oldest son Rome, an outstanding bowman in his own right, is currently racing aboard the Puma boat as Helmsman/trimmer in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011/2012.
Although he is obviously in peak physical shape with a gruelling gym schedule, at 55 years of age, Jerry is described as the ‘world’s oldest bowman’. “It’s not news to me,” he said. “I’ve been known as the oldest bowman since I was 35!”
In sailing, as in most sports, there are those who do, and those who talk. Kirby falls in the former camp, having sailed in six America’s Cups, three Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Races, at least a dozen Bermuda Races, and six or seven Transpacs, to name a few events.
John Killeen, President of Let’s Do It Global, said the team are absolutely thrilled to welcome Jerry Kirby to Galway. “He is a true racing legend with a fantastic can-do attitude,” he said.
Jerry’s most recent trip to Ireland was also filled with adventure, when he was one of the crew members onboard the Rambler 100 rescued off the Cork coast during the Fastnet Race in August.