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Tralee Bay Sailing Club in County Kerry will host this year's ILCA/Laser National Open Championship from this Thursday 18th, to Sunday 21st of August.

Eleven races are scheduled for each of the three fleets over the four-day event, and the weather forecast suggests there should be no problem completing a full programme.

The large entry includes a number of very successful sailors from the class who are sure to be at the sharp end of the fleet when the event finishes.

There is also a large entry of local sailors who have been training very hard for the event in a bid to do their home club proud.

The principal race officer is John Leech, who is well known to the class.

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Sam Ledoux and Sienna Wright of the National Yacht Club and Howth Yacht Club, respectively, were the leading Irish boats at the Laser/ILCA 4 World Championships in Villamoura, Portugal.

Two races were completed yesterday in each fleet.

All 426 boats launched efficiently in under 45 minutes for a smooth start to the day.

The venue produced champagne sailing conditions, with 14–20 knots of wind building throughout the afternoon.

Some of of the Irish sailors at the ILCA 4 Worlds Opening Ceremony in PortugalSome of of the Irish sailors at the ILCA 4 Worlds Opening Ceremony in Portugal

Sam picked up a 14th and an 11th place in the first two races, while Sienna did even better with two 11th places. Christian Ennis sailing under the burgee of the Royal St George Yacht Club in currently lying in the top 100 and Daniel Palmer from Ballyholme Yacht Club is not much further back.

In the girls, Lucy Ives of Carlingford Sailing Club also had a good day, and she also lies in the top 100 but again, compatriot Ava Ennis from the Royal St George Yacht Club isn’t far behind.

The most notable performance today came from the Italian sailing team, which has sailors leading both divisions after the first day of the world championship.

In the boys' division, Italian Massimiliano Antoniazzi leads the way after sailing two bullets in the green fleet. Israel’s Omer Vered Vilenchik and Greece’s Panagiotis Spanos, each sailed a first- and second-place finish in the red fleet to sit in second and third overall.

In the girls' division, team Italy continues to lead. Maria Vittoria Arseni and Ginevra Caracciolo hold first and second after today’s races. Arseni, like Antoniazzi, scored two bullets to start the championship at the top. Caracciolo had two top-three finishes today. In third overall is Annemijn Algra from the Netherlands, tied with Slovenia’s Alenka Valencic with six points.

There are two more qualifying races today and tomorrow and with a good breeze forecast, it’s going to be a challenge.

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The final day of racing at the ILCA 4/Laser World Championship Pre-Event in Portugal started off with a postponement for 1 hour to allow the thermal breeze to settle.

In the end, the Race Officer managed to get two races in, and when the final points were tallied, the two Cypriot sailors were in the top 2 places.

Sienna Wright of Howth YC finished as the first female sailor and in 10th place overall, which is a super result for the 14-year-old and something she will be hoping to build upon next week once the World’s proper begin.

Daniel O'Connor 13th

Daniel O’Connor of the Royal St George YC finished the regatta in 13th place overall. This was only Daniel’s second international event, having competed in 2021 at the World Championships in Dun Laoghaire in the same boat, so he too will be very pleased with this result.

Krzysztof Ciborowski finished the regatta with one of his better performances in the last race and climbed up to 43rd overall in the 59-boat fleet.

Registration for the World’s opens today and there is a practice race on Sunday before the opening ceremony.

Racing proper starts on Monday and the first 6 races scheduled are the qualifiers that will determine what fleets the boys and girls will sail in. With 278 boys entered and 159 girls it is possible that there will be up 6 fleets of boats so qualifying will be difficult. There are 10 Irish boats entered.

Full list of entries here and the results are here

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Day Two (Tuesday) at the warm-up event for the Laser/ILCA 4 World Championships proved to be a tricky one for most of the sailors with consistency hard to find in a fickle 4-5 knots of wind.

On the positive side, the fleet was joined by four more sailors providing extra competition and bringing it up to a total of 56 boats.

Sienna Wright (HYC) scored a 22nd 17th and 26th in what were very difficult conditions. She’s currently discarding the 26th place but she has slipped to 11th overall and is now the 2nd placed girl behind Talia Hamlin of the USA.

Daniel O’Connor (RSGYC) slipped from 11th place overnight to 13th place with a 23rd place in the first race of the day, followed up by a 12th and a 17th. Krzysztof Ciobrowski (RSGYC) had the toughest day and slipped to 45th place overall.

The final day’s racing is scheduled for today, Wednesday with the first of two races scheduled to start at 2 pm. The regatta has been the ideal preparation for next week's World Championships.

Results here

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The first of the Cork Laser/ILCA Tri Series Sprints took place last Sunday at Bantry Bay Sailing Club in West Cork.

Race officer Deirdre Kingston delayed first gun by an hour to 12.55 pm to allow for a strong sea breeze to fill in before starting the first of five short sprints.

The format was an all-in start of 19 boats, both ILCA4 and 6 on a trapezoidal course in 12 to 14-knot winds with the backdrop of Bantry Bay.

The Tri Series Sprints sailors gather at Bantry Bay for a pre-race briefingThe Tri Series Sprints sailors gather at Bantry Bay for a pre-race briefing

The racing was very tight, with the ILCA 6s going down to the last race as the battle of the Daniels, where both Daniel O'Keeffe (Bantry) and Daniel Mallon (Royal Cork) were on two wins a piece. Daniel Mallon won the last race to finish first on the day, Daniel O Keeffe second and Joe O Sullivan (Royal Cork) third.

There were 12 to 14-knot winds on Bantry Bay for the first leg of the Tri-SeriesThere were 12 to 14-knot winds on Bantry Bay for the first leg of the Tri-Series

Isabel Mc Carthy was first in ILCA4, with Ethel Bateman second and Eve Mc Carthy third (All Royal Cork).

Bantry Bay Sailing Club pulled out all the stops to make everyone very welcome at the barbeque afterwards.

There were 12 to 14-knot winds on Bantry Bay for the first leg of the Tri-Series

As Afloat previously reported, the Tri-Series is open to all, with the next event being Sunday the 4th of September in Inniscarra Sailing and Kayaking Club.

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The Irish ILCA 4/Laser Squad have finished their preparations ahead of the ILCA 4 world championships next week.

The team will travel to Villamoura in Portugal accompanied by world-ranked number 1 ILCA 6 sailor Basileia Carahaliou who will be on the water with the team for the event.

The squad of seven were selected following on from their performances earlier this year at the ILCA Munster Championships and the Youth Sailing National Championships in Ballyholme.

All of the squad are under 17 years, with some being as young as 14.

The squad comprised of five boys and two girls are Daniel Palmer (Ballyholme Yacht Club), Seth Walker, Krzystof Ciborowski, Max Cantwell, Daniel O’Connor, Ava Ennis (all from Royal St George Yacht Club), and Lucy Ives (Carlingford Sailing Club).

They are also being joined by ILCA 6 Squad member Sam Ledoux (National Yacht Club) for the event, along with Sienna Wright (Howth Yacht Club), and Christian Ennis (Royal St George Yacht Club).

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This Sunday sees the first of three ILCA (Laser) Sprint Regattas being held in Cork by Bantry Bay Sailing Club, Inniscarra Sailing and Kayaking Club, and the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

This Sunday's Sprint event is in Bantry Bay Sailing Club in West Cork with the first gun at 11.55 am.

RCYC Laser Class Captain Tim McCarthy says, "there will be five short (Sprint) races each day with entry open to all here on for both ILCA 4 (Laser 4.7) and ILCA 6 (Laser Radial)". 

three ILCA (Laser) Sprint Regattas being held in Cork

Sunday, September 4th, Sprint is in Inniscarra Sailing and Kayaking Club, on the outskirts of Cork city.

Prizes will be awarded on the day and for the series at the series end on Sunday, September 18th in Crosshaven at RCYC.

The event schedule is as follows:

  • Bantry Bay Sailing club August 7th
  • Inniscarra Sailing & Kayaking Club Sept 4th
  • Royal Cork Yacht Club Sept 18th
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Fresh from winning two major international championships in Europe already during July, Howth's Eve McMahon (17) has launched her campaign in the Laser Radial/ILCA6 Youth Worlds at Houston in Texas in appropriately rocket-assisted style with four bullets in a stellar fleet of 50.

And while clubmate Rocco Wright (15) has been mixing it among the numbers in the Men's Divisions, he has recorded a best result of 2nd and currently lies 14th overall with Ireland's Fiachra Mcdonnell lying third.

Latest results from Houston are below

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This weekend saw a record turnout at the ILCA/Laser Ireland Leinster Championships 2022 hosted by the Royal St. George Yacht Club in association with MGM Boats.

90 sailors entered the ILCA/Laser fleet’s Leinster Championships in Dun Laoghaire this weekend making it the largest event so far this season for ILCA Ireland, the new name for the Irish Laser Association. With challenging conditions on both days for both the race management team and sailors alike, this turned out to be quite an eventful competition.

Chris Bateman (157561) and James Murphy racing in the ILCA 7s at the Leinster Championships 2022 on Dublin BayChris Bateman (157561) and James Murphy reaching in the ILCA 7s at the Leinster Championships 2022 on Dublin Bay

All the signs were that Howth’s Jamie McMahon would dominate the ILCA 7 (Standard) fleet, taking a bullet on both race one and two in 30-knot gusts on Saturday. However, an injury saw him retire on race three and cede the lead to Royal Cork’s Jonathan O’Shaughnessy who had achieved two seconds and a third. Dun Laoghaire’s Dan O’Connell won the third race and Saturday having scored a 6 and a 7 in the first two races. However, Dan continued his form into Sunday completing the hat-trick with two more bullets, giving him the championship.

Dan O'Connell ILCA 7 Leinster Champion (centre) with Royal St. George Yacht Club's Richard O'Connor (left) and Ross O'Leary of MGM BoatsDan O'Connell ILCA 7 Leinster Champion (centre) with Royal St. George Yacht Club's Richard O'Connor (left) and Ross O'Leary of MGM Boats

O’Shaughnessy, who only recently moved from the ILCA 6 (Radial) into the ILCA 7, finished one point behind and took the prize for first Under 30 and second overall. Daragh Kelleher of Skerries finished two points behind to take third overall.

Dan O'Connell leading the ILCA 7 fleetDan O'Connell (219127) leading the ILCA 7 fleet

In the ILCA 6 fleet, it was a weekend for the ladies. The event saw entries from Howth’s Aoife Hopkins plus guest appearances from the world’s number one ranked female ILCA 6 sailor Vasileia Karachaliou plus Ukraine’s Sofiia Naumenko. These three took the top spots in all races across the weekend bar two; with the National Yacht Club’s Benjamin Reeser taking third in race one and the Royal St. George Yacht Club’s Sean Craig taking third in the last race of the event. Hopkins started well with a bullet in the first race of the weekend however Vasileia soon showed why she is the world’s top sailor, taking all bullets for the remainder of the weekend and winning the championship. Aoife finished second overall and Sophia took third place for Ukraine.

Aoife Hopkins (left) and Vasileia Karachaliou (centre) and Sofiia Naumenko Aoife Hopkins (left) and Vasileia Karachaliou (centre) and Sofiia Naumenko

Benjamin Reeser, a USA athlete now sailing from the National Yacht Club dominated the male fleet across the weekend and was followed in the U30 category by East Antrim’s Tom Coulter and Tom Fox from Skerries. Meanwhile, Sean Craig who finished fifth overall led the Masters fleet. He was challenged by Australia and Royal Cork’s Robert Jefferies with just five points separating them at the end of day Saturday. However, Craig’s consistency on Sunday meant the trophy had his name on it by the time prizegiving came round. Conor Clancy of the Royal St. George Yacht Club was third master.

Sean Craig - Leinster Champion - ILCA 6 MasterSean Craig - Leinster Champion - ILCA 6 Master

The ladies masters fleet had a tough weekend with the strong winds. Alison Pigot of the National Yacht Club took the honours, followed by Shirley Gilmore of the Royal St. George Yacht club.

Vasileia Karachaliou Leinster ILCA 6 Champion 2022Vasileia Karachaliou Leinster ILCA 6 Champion 2022

Sofiia Naumenko of Ukraine - Third ILCA 6 ChampionSofiia Naumenko of Ukraine - Third ILCA 6 Champion

The ILCA 4 (4.7) fleet was led from the outset by Ballyholme Yacht Club’s Hannah DadleyYoung from Belfast Lough, securing two bullets and two firsts across the weekend to secure the championship.

Hannah Dadley Young Leinster ILCA 4 Champion 2022Hannah Dadley Young Leinster ILCA 4 Champion 2022

Second girl in 8th overall was Royal St. George’s Ava Ennis with third taken by Aisling Kelly of Rush Sailing Club who finished in 11th overall. The boys fleet was less clear-cut across the weekend. By the end of racing on Saturday Daniel O'Connor and Max Cantwell both of the Royal St. George Yacht Club were tied in second place on equal points. However, a second and first place in Sunday’s racing by their clubmate Krzysztof Ciborowski, saw him taking the boy’s category by just one point from Daniel with Max in third.

ILCA 4s Racing in Leinster Championships 2022Seth Walker of the Royal St. George YC competing in the ILCA 4s division of the Leinster Championships 2022

The dominant feature of the weekend was the wind, creating a unique challenge for the race team lead by the compelling triumvirate of Harry Gallagher, Richard Kissane and Liam Dineene. Relatively consistent southerly breezes on Saturday meant that three races were delivered in quick succession. Sunday was a different story with 75-degree wind shifts after race 2. This meant that laying a proper course was extremely difficult with race officers and mark layers thwarted at every turn. The ILCA 7 fleet’s first attempt at a third race had to be abandoned. Finally, after some relaying of course and false starts, the race team decided they were beat and sent everyone home for prizegiving.

Richard Kissane, Harry Gallagher, Liam Dineen, Vincent Delaney were part of the ILCA 7 Laser Leinsters race management team at the RSTGYC Richard Kissane, Harry Gallagher, Liam Dineen and jury member Vincent Delany (right) were the ILCA 7 Laser Leinster Championship race management team at the RSTGYC

Event supervisor, Kevin Doyle, praised the entire race team saying “We were privileged to have such a competent race management team led by three national race officers. It is a testament to their good race management that our national jury Vincent Delany had no hearings to deal with after racing. The event team at the Royal St. George Yacht Club has proven once again that Dun Laoghaire is the premier location in Ireland for national events.”

Full results are available below.

Next up for the ILCA fleet is the 2022 National Championships this year being held at Tralee Bay Sailing Club from August 18-21

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Royal Cork Yacht Club's Jonathan O'Shaughnessy leads Skerries Daragh Kelleher in the ILCA 7 division of the ILCA/Laser MGM Boats sponsored Leinster Championships at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay. Third in the 18-boat ILCA 7 fleet is Cork Harbour's, Chris Bateman.

Three races have been sailed so far in the six-boat series. 

Leading in the 34-boat ILCA 6 division is Portuguese visitor Vasileia Karachaliou from C.N.Cascais with Howth's Aoife Hopkins lying second. Third is Ukraine's Sofiia Naumenko from OSHVSM. 

Hannah Dadley Young from Ballyholme is at the top of the 23-boat ILCA 4 fleet followed by Daniel O Connor of the host club.

Results are below. Racing continues on Sunday.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland and internationally for many years, with his work appearing in leading sailing publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been a regular sailing columnist for four decades with national newspapers in Dublin, and has had several sailing books published in Ireland, the UK, and the US. An active sailor, he has owned a number of boats ranging from a Mirror dinghy to a Contessa 35 cruiser-racer, and has been directly involved in building and campaigning two offshore racers. His cruising experience ranges from Iceland to Spain as well as the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and he has raced three times in both the Fastnet and Round Ireland Races, in addition to sailing on two round Ireland records. A member for ten years of the Council of the Irish Yachting Association (now the Irish Sailing Association), he has been writing for, and at times editing, Ireland's national sailing magazine since its earliest version more than forty years ago

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