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A £500,000 plan geared towards the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the formation of the next Olympic sailing team will be top of the agenda at the Irish Sailing Association's Olympic forum next week. Hosted by Richard Burrows, chairman of…
PLANS to introduce a week long regatta on Dublin Bay to be known as Dun Laoghaire Week - hinge on the readiness of Dun Laoghaire's 500 berth marina promised for the 1997/98 sailing season. The co ordinated plan to host…
SYDNEY-BASED champion Skiff sailor David Cummins has been having discussions with ISA officials about a place in the Irish Olympic team. Cummins is said to be keen to secure the nomination in the new Julian Bethwaite-designed 49er Skiff dinghy discipline…
IN A season remembered partly for disputes over professional eligibility, the Royal Alfred Yacht Club made a fitting confirmation of its allegiance to amateur sailors when it named Cracklin' Rosie as yacht of the year for its 1996 performances over…
A RECORD turnout to compete in the 26th DMYC Frostbite series and the announcement of a new high performance Olympic dinghy provided a shot in the arm for Irish dinghy racers this week. There were few more pleased than Howth's…
THE sixth, and final race of the Nissan Autumn League brought little in the way of surprises for the 211 competitors assembled off Ireland's Eye on Saturday. Most of the leading contenders in the 22 racing divisions clung on to…
AZTEC will have to shake off a challenge from Tommy Murphy's Midnight Express before seizing gold in class one of the Nissan Autumn league. The league's penultimate race gets under way tomorrow at 10.00 a.m., with Peter Beamish's 1996 Carlsberg…
THIS weekend's Church and General ISA Helmsman Championship at Ballyholme Yacht Club looks set to be a closely fought affair at the top ranks of the 18 boat fleet of Lasers II dinghies. While the event draws on representatives from…
TWO European champions will compete in tomorrow's national dinghy match racing championship at the Royal St George YC. Laser II European champions Tom Fitzpatrick and David McHugh, defend their ISA title from a field of 16 invited helmsmen drawn from…
SAILMAKER Philip Watson blazed a trail through the 21-boat Class Three CHS fleet in his Bolero Pathfinder for his second win yesterday. It was the second outing of the Nissan Autumn League at Howth that has so far seen some…
OLYMPIC STAR helmsman Mark Mansfield and his crew lead out an 18 strong 1720 keelboat class for the first outing of the Nissan autumn league at Howth Yacht Club this weekend. Mansfield will be attempting to regain his number one…
HALF of the Olympic sailing team rejoined the domestic circuit at the weekend, racing over windward leeward courses on Dublin bay. On Saturday, the 1996 Carlsberg Royal Alfred YC season for ten keelboat classes concluded on Dublin bay. Sarah J…
TOM FITZPATRICK and David McHugh, who this month won the National Laser 2 title with a race - to spare, have made Irish sailing history this week by winning the European championship at a Dutch venue by a similar margin.…
A HICCUP for the class zero fleet leaders, who sailed the wrong course in the penultimate race of the series and retired, means the winner of the RAYC Superleague will not he known until the final race on September 7th.…
THE protest committee of the Cork Dry Gin Round Ireland race has decided to drop proceedings against the Galway yacht Joggernaut this week after it retired from the race. Class four winner Joggernaut, skippered by Donal Morrissy, took the decision…
SUPERIOR boat speed enabled Zuleika, helmed by Derek Joyce of Wexford Sailing Club, to claim her third win in race four of the Carlsberg sponsored Mermaid national championship at Skerries yesterday. The win gives Joyce and his crew, Des Tyrrell…
OVERALL victory has escaped the strong Irish Mirror team competing at the European championships, but the 25 boat squad can take satisfaction in capturing eight of the top 10 places at the Swedish venue. Top ranked Irish pair Ross Killian…

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