South coast youth sailors took to the podium in style at the ISA All Ireland Junior Sailing Championships prizegiving this afternoon securing the top three places overall in the 16-boat invitational fleet.
It is the third year in a row that Royal Cork sailors have retained the youth sailing trophy.
Despite much of the rest of the country being either battered by gales or beset by rain, on the West Cork Riviera they managed to find sailable conditions yesterday and today to put in eight good races rounded out by a Medal Race with the sixteen crew in competition in Fastnet Marine & Outdoor Centre’s special fleet of David Harte-devised competition dinghies.
Crewed by Florence Lyden, the pair give allegiance to both Royal Cork Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire’s National YC, Johnny Durcan was on top of his form in Saturday’s moderate sou’sou’west wind and today’s more challenging gusty conditions.
The cup of success was overflowing and then some for the Durcan family, as the Medal Race was won by Johnny’s twin brother Harry crewed by Noah McCarthy, but Johnny was second and could comfortably carry the double points of 4 as his scoreline in the preliminaries was 2,1,3,1,2,2,1.
Rising Waterford star Geoff Power of Dunmore East, crewed by James McCannn of Crosshaven, was second overall, but fetched up well down as he posted 29 points to the remarkable 16 of the new champion, while Harry Durcan was back at 33.
1 Laser Radial Johnny Durcan Florence Lyden RCYC & NYC
2 420 Geoff Power James McCann Waterford Harbour Sailing Club
3 29er Harry Durcan Noah McCarthy Royal Cork Yacht Club
4 420 Kate Lyttle Niamh Henry Royal St George Yacht Club
5 Optimist Tom Higgins Henry Higgins Royal St George Yacht Club
6 Topper Jack Fahy Eoghan Byrne Royal St George Yacht Club
7 Laser 4.7 Peter Fagan Ross Morgan Royal St George Yacht Club
8 Laser 4.7 Clare Gorman Ella Hemeryck National Yacht Club
9 Optimist Harry Twomey Charlie Moloney RCYC & CHSC
10 Topper Sophie Crosbie Caoimhe Foster Royal Cork Yacht Club
11 RS200 Junior Toby Hudson Fowler Greg Arrowsmith Royal St George Yacht Club
12 Mirror Sarah White Eoghan Duffy Sligo Yacht Club / Lough Ree Yacht Club
13 RS Feva Henry Start Morgan Devine Royal St George Yacht Club
14 Topaz Adam Byrne Ciaran MacGearailt Dingle Sailing Club
15 Optimist Leah Rickard Luke Rickard National Yacht Club
16 Topaz Dylan Reidy Killian Reidy Foynes Yacht Club
Downloadable scoresheet below