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Peelo secures slot for Ireland in Laser class

29th November -0001
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Sarah Steyaert of France has won the 2008 Women’s Laser Radial World Championship after a sensational finish to the regatta, when Lijia Xu of China was disqualified from the final race, ultimately costing her the world title.
The six-day regatta concluded off Takapuna, Auckland in March and with it a place for Ireland on the start line of the women’s radial class in Beijing.

Howth’s Ciara Peelo secured the final place available at the Olympic regatta with a 29th overall in New Zealand after a poor start.

Anna Lise Murphy of the National Yacht Club finished fifth overall at the Laser radial youth worlds at the same venue a week later.

Selectors will now make a decision to send Peelo or rival Debbie Hanna of Belfast Lough, who finished 52nd, to the Games.

England’s Matt Mee and Richard Wagstaff won the 2008 Fireball World championships in Thailand, where ten countries participated. Best of the Irish boats taking part was Noel Butler and Seamus Moore in 15th place. The ten race series was sailed in fantastic conditions with typically 12–18 knots of wind.
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