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#isafyouthworlds – Ireland's Laser Radial Boys racer Seafra Guilfoyle was all smiles after the first day of racing at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Tavira in Portugal today with good reason, he holds the lead in the 57-boat fleet.

Royal Cork's Guilfoyle revelled in the breeze and took the first bullet. A fifth place followed and he leads on six points, tied with Denmark's Patrick Dopping.

After racing Guilfoyle said, "It's been really good. Everyone is a brilliant sailor and it's not been easy and you always have to claw for every point. I can't complain about a one and a five from today. The wind was really nice and picked up which is what I like. The conditions are a lot less complicated than a lot of other places. Once you know which way the current is going it's easy enough because there's not many wind shifts that pay off."

The camaraderie at an ISAF Youth Worlds is unique and Guilfoyle is making the most of his surroundings, "I've made a lot of friends already and I know they'll be friends for life. It's been a great event so far and I'm hopeful for more this week and hopefully we'll have a few more days with wind like this."

Brazil's Martin Lowy completes the Laser Radial Boys podium after the opening racing day.

Ballyholme's Sarah Eames is ninth in her Laser Radial Girls fleet wrapping up an excellent first day for Irish Laser sailing at a record breaking youth worlds where 370 sailors are representing 68 countries.


Published in Youth Sailing

#youthsailing – In a major boost for Irish Laser youth sailingSeafra Guilfoyle finished in sixth place from 155–starters at the European Laser Youth Championships in Denmark yesterday. The result is a promising indicator of form for this month's ISAF Youth Worlds in Portugal, in which Guilfoyle will represent Ireland also in the Laser class.

There were other top Irish results at the Danish venue too in both the boys and girls fleets.

Five Irish girls finished in the top 30. The girls, all under 19 years, completed 12 races over the week and finished in strong conditions with winds over 20 knots.

Erika Ruigrok finished in 10th position followed by 6 other girl sailors Aisling Keller 14th, Sorcha Ni Shuilleabhain 23rd, Sorcha Donnelly 27th, Sarah Eames 29th & Laura Gilmore 40th out of a fleet of 77 boats.

In the larger boys fleet of 155 boats. Guilfoyle was followed by Cian Byrne 20th, Liam Glynn 27th & Conor O'Beirne. 56th.

Published in Youth Sailing

#lasersailing – Four race wins from six sailed at the Ulster Laser Championships at East Antrim Boat Club gave 2016 Olympic contender Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club a clean sweep of the 15–boat standard fleet. It's the 17–year–old's second regional title this season he picked up Munster honours at Baltimore a month ago.  

In the 15–boat radial division, youth national champion Seafra Guilfoyle of Royal Cork went one better to seal the title with five race wins.

In the 4.7s, there was a similar domination as Guilfoyle's club mate Johnny Durcan took four wins. His twin brother, Harry, was also in winning form at the weekend at the Optimist Connaughts.

Full results are available to download below. 

Published in Laser
The National Champion is Seafra Guilfoyle (Royal Cork YC). Second is Darragh O’Sullivan (Kinsale YC). Third is Finn Lynch (NYC/Blessington SC) The first Girl is Sian Kneafsey (National YC. Laser 4.7 CLASS Sailed: 8, Discards: 1, To count: 7, Entries: 42,
1st199421Seafra GuilfoyleRoyal Cork YC
2nd189216Darragh O'SullivanKinsale YC
3rd182600Finn LynchNational YC/BSC
4th196981Sian KneafseyNational YC
5th200637Ruairi FinneganWaterford Harbour SC
6th198561Tadgh DonnellyNational YC
7th198552Ryan GlynnBallyholme YC
8th189215Eoin CurranEast Down YC
9th197315Cillian McGreerHowth YC
10th198518Dara O'SheaKinsale YC
11th190759Conor MurphyKinsale YC
12th188016Patrick YoungNational YC
13th188084John DurcanRoyal Cork YC
14th198555Cian ByrneRoyal Cork YC
15th183948Ross O'SullivanKinsale YC
16th180596Katherine GeogheganRoyal Cork YC
17th196982Emma CooneyNational YC/LDYC
18th166433Max van der LeeRoyal St George YC
19th198551Alex DelamerHowth YC
20th173059Michael MagowanTralee Bay SC
21st192852Rónan JonesWexford Harbour BTC
22nd184757William ShanahanNational YC
23rd195271Vikki CudmoreRoyal Cork YC
24th191306David HopkinsCushendall S&BC
25th198435Sorcha Ni ShuilleabhainKinsale YC
26th193591Susie O'NeillNational YC
27th183231Dan O'BeirneRoyal St George YC
28th198563Dara O'ConnorCarlingford Lough YC
29th198562James EggersRoyal St George YC
30th174830Helen Mc ParlandCarlingford Lough YC
31st193531William PottertonWaterford Harbour SC
32nd197894Nathaniel GillettRoyal St George YC/LDYC
33rd180353Patrick CahillRoyal St George YC
34th192861Andrew LevieLough Derg YC/KYC
35th190758Julie PowerRoyal St George YC
36th190584Luke, MurphyWicklow SC
37th196741Claire LambertNational YC/LDYC
38th196732Cliodhna O'ReganKinsale YC
39th175654Laura McGettiganRoyal Irish YC
40th178694Florence LydonBaltimore SC/Schull CC
41st180324Tallula DunneNational YC
42nd31908Roddy FitzpatrickRoyal St George YC
Published in Youth Sailing
Over the next few days hundreds of boats will arrive in Dun Laoghaire in preparation for the Mitsubishi Youth National Championships over the May Bank Holiday weekend (29 April – 02 May).

Over 300 sailors will compete in Dublin Bay in seven different classes (Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, Feva, Topper, SL16 and Optimist). For youth sailors, this event is the most important in the annual calendar as it is the decider for the top Irish sailors to compete internationally during 2011 and is the pathway for future Olympic sailors. Podcast with Olympic Team Manager James O'Callaghan here.

The 420 fleet is already in situ as the Leinster Championships were held over Easter and the girls team Emma Geary and Niamh Connolly won the event in style. This team is the only 420 crew to qualify internationally for a place on the Irish team to compete in the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia and will be looking to win next weekend to secure this honour.

Dublin Bay will host the 2012 ISAF Youth World Championships and this year's ISA Mitsubishi Youth National event is an important test event with representatives from the international sailing authority visiting Dun Laoghaire to view plans and test logistics.

In addition to the 420 fleet the Laser radial fleet will also be competing to qualify to represent Ireland in Croatia. Philip Doran aged 17 from Courtown in Wexford is the current former under 17 World Champion in the Laser Radial fleet although the National title has eluded him so far. In the girls fleet it will be a toss up between Saskia Tidey (RIYC) and Sophie Murphy (Quoile YC) as both already have a national title each under their belts.


A fleet of top Optimists are expected. Photo: Bob Bateman

The younger Optimist fleet is also celebrating this week after two top 5 positions at the Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, the Netherlands. In fact an Irish team has competed at this event for 23 years and this is the first time that Ireland has won the country prize. Sean Donnelly from Dun Laoghaire who finished fourth in Braassemermeer is also leading the Optimist fleet in the trials and will be anxious to hold on to first position during the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals.

In other fleets, the laser 4.7 fleet is enjoying record numbers with many ex-Optimist and Topper sailors choosing this boat. Finn Lynch from Blessington and Seafra Guilfoyle from Cork will be firm favourites to win the class.

Overall Dublin Bay will be a spectacle of sail over the May Bank holiday weekend with light winds forecast.

Mitsubishi Motors have been a proud supporter of junior sailing in Ireland for the last 7 years. In recent years Ireland has had successes at youth level with winner of the girls under 21 Laser World Championships and a top 10 at the 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds and wins at the British National Optimist Championships.

Published in Youth Sailing
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