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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