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Youth Champs wrap up in Dublin Bay

4th May 2010
Youth Champs wrap up in Dublin Bay

Despite losing one day of racing to light wind, the 256 sailors entered for the Mitsubishi Motors Youth Championship in Dun Laoghaire enjoyed near-full race series and perfect conditions on their final day on Dublin Bay.

Sailors from 26 clubs in eight classes competed over three courses, with final decisions being made on trials for both the ISAF Youth Worlds and the Optimist Worlds and European squads.


The biggest fleet was the 66-strong Optimist trials fleet.

Crosshaven sealed a one-two-three at the top of Ireland's Oppies this weekend, with Cork sailors rounding out the podium at the final leg of the Optimist trials. Peter McCann, 13 years of age, notched up four wins and four seconds in the 13-race series, only dropping out of the top three on two occasions. Seafra Guilfoyle, in second place, also scored four bullets and their club-mate Patrick Crosbie finished third. Sean Donnelly, of the National Yacht Club, was the only non-Cork sailor to penetrate the top five in fourth place, with John Durcan of Crosshaven in fifth.


Jane Butler and Jenny Andreasson made short work of taking the 420 title, dropping only one race, a disqualification, on an otherwise perfect scorecard. Meanwhile, in the Radials, home sailor Matty O'Dowd was made work harder, taking the gold by just three points in the end from Blessington sailor Rory Lynch. The Radial class was wide open after day one with any one of the final top five in with a shout. O'Dowd found his stride on Monday with a 1-2-1 run to the finish.

 

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore. 

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.