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Top of the Oppies get the nod

6th May 2008

The pick of Ireland's Optimist fleet have finally completed trials to select teams for this year’s World Championships in Turkey and European Championships in Italy’s Lake Garda.

Ireland's top 69 sailors in the world's premier junior class faced off over three weekends, which were blighted by bad weather from the start.

The first three days were blown out due to persistent easterly winds at the Howth, but last weekend Kinsale proved to be better favoured by the weather gods and over three and half days of compact racing 12, races were held to determine the World and European Teams

The successful sailors are:

Worlds Team: Katie Gambier Ross KYC; Jamie Aplin RStGYC; Colm O'Regan KYC; Killian O'Keeffe RCYC; Alan Kingston KYC

Europeans Team: Kirsti O'Flynn RCYC; Richard Harrington RCYC; Guy Aplin RStGYC; Aodh Kennedy KYC; Alexander Rumball RStGYC; Ali Dix HYC; Katie Matthews KYC

Subs: Eoghan Cudmore KYC; Patrick Daly TBSC; Tara Flood HYC

The Following younger sailors have been invited to form an Under 12 Squad to travel to the UK Optimist Nationals in Pwllheli in August:

Under 12 Squad: Phoebe Tyrell HYC; Sandy Aplin RStGYC; Alexander Delamer HYC; Jack Brien RNIYC; Tiernan Dickson LRYC; Mark Bolger RStGYC/BSC/RCYC; Louise Magowan TBSC/CHSC; Robert Ferris HYC; Sean Gambier Ross KYC; Craig Campbell RNIYC/HYC; Ben Hunt KYC; Daire Cournane KYC; Cian Byrne RCYC; Erica Ruigrok SSC; Cliodhna O'Regan KYC; Patrick Crosbie RCYC; Peter McCann RCYC; Sophie Browne TBSC/RCYC; Conor Murphy KYC; Ruairi Finnegan WHSC; Seafra Guilfoyle RCYC; Philip Brownlow RCYC

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