The Pathfinder was competed for in navigation trials, these are night time events where skills in map reading and other route defining methods determine the winner.
Initial research has found these events if anyone has more please contact the website at email address shown on home page.
The club organised many open and closed navigation trials from the 1950s onwards.
27 November 1976 date in RIAC calendar for closed navigation trial
25/26 November 1977 the event was held on a Friday night/Saturday morning in the Barnath Mountains. The run was over 80 miles and the conditions were extremely tricky because of ice. Of an entry of 25, only 17 started and less than a quarter of this number managed to finish.
1 Pat Maloney and Eddie McCourt (Autosave Imp) 87 points 2 Donal Griffin and Shawn Wall (Commodore Hotel Twin Cam) 113 points 3 Tom Casey and Catherine Casey (Imp) 156 points
24/25 November 1978 Winners Sam Hawkins and Michael Daly, Cork, (Ford Escort) Class I: 1 I Wren and E Griffin, 2 P Sheppard and M Sheppard. Class II: 1 Tony O'Mahoney and Vincent Coughlan, Cork, (Dowling Chevette), Novice: John Walsh and Billy Brett
26/27 November 1982 140 miles of mostly tarmac surfaced roads starting at 10pm finishing 5:30am. 1982 saw the introduction of a silver perpetual trophy presented by Tadhg Kearney, Jeweller. Regulations for the event were available from Clerk of Course Pat Neville, Mungret with an entry fee of £15.
The event was held in terrible conditions with fog and ice throughout the whole route which went through Ballyneet, Crecora, Curragh Chase, Croagh (rest halt) Meanus, Hospital with a finish at the Parkway.
Result first overall James Doherty/Paddy McDonnell
Class 1 1. C McNamara/J Hynes 2. J O'Mahoney/M Fitzgerald 3. M Roberts/K Hynes
Class 2 No finishers
Class 3 1. L Lynch/J Creed 2. K Lyons/Paddy Kennedy 3. J Butler/E McCourt
Class 4 Novices 1. J Moloney/M Purcell 2. M O'Connor/ J Dunne
Class 5 1. T Harkin/D Harkin
3 October 1984 Bernard Kelly planned to run classes at the Boat Club, Limerick for four weeks as a lead up to the Pathfinder Nav trial in November
Former club member Wolfgang Schnittger recalls winning the event three times in a row in the 1980s and was made CoC for the next year.
14/15 November 1987 Scheduled in RIAC calendar
24/25 February 1996 The Pathfinder was given to Novice winners Ed O'Callaghan and Gerard O'Connor (Austin Montego). Barry Tobin was Clerk of Course assisted by Paddy McDonnell
Photograph taken at the 1998 50th anniversary dinner