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All Ireland champs becomes family affair

5th October 2008

A father and two sons make up three of eight finalists racing in the Eurocar parks All Ireland Sailing Championship 2008 this morning at Howth Yacht Club.

Winds have moderated from yesterday's near gale conditions that forced the cancellation of the Junior and Girls competition. Racing is expected to start on schedule at 11am. 

Yesterday Cork’s Anthony O’Leary showed his small boat prowess with two race wins to secure his place in the finals and he joins sons nicholas and Peter.

In Flight Two Anthony O’Leary and Nigel Biggs both automatically secured a place in Sunday’s final of the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship 2008 when they placed 1st and 2nd respectively.

In Flight Three Peter O’Leary and Simon Brien also secured their places in Sunday’s final when they placed 1st and 2nd respectively.

On Friday, in flight One Tim Goodbody and Stefan Hyde secured their places in Sunday’s final following a first and second.

This fills six of the eight places in tomorrow’s final. The remaining two places are filled by the two best 3rd place finishers across all three groups.

Third in Flight Two, Nicholas O’Leary qualifies for the finals following his 2nd, 5th and 2nd race results.

Third in Flight Three, Gareth Flannigan qualifies for the finals following his 5th, 2nd and 4th race results.

The eight qualified finalists are:

Tim Goodbody

Stefan Hyde

Anthony O’Leary

Nigel Biggs

Peter O’Leary

Simon Brien

Nicholas O’Leary

Gareth Flannigan

The flights results yesterday were as follows:
Flight Two

1st Anthony O'Leary (Wild Card Nominee), Ross McDonald & Robert O’Leary

2nd Nigel Biggs (ICRA Class 1), George Rile & Tino Hyland

3rd Nicholas O'Leary (Match Race), Mark O’Leary & Dara O’Connor

4th David Burrows (Etchells), Richard Burrows & Raz Beshoff

5th Noel Butler (Fireball), Hugh Butler & Ismail Inan

6th James Espey (Laser), John Driscoll & ANO

7th David Dickson (Shannon One Design), Anna Leech & Dara McCarthy

8th David Dwyer (Wild Card Nominee), Maurice O’Connell & Dave O’Reilly

Anthony O’Leary, Nigel Biggs and Nicholas O’Leary qualified for Sunday's Final.

 Flight Three
1st Peter O’Leary (Olympic), Ciara Peelo & Joss Walsh

2nd Simon Brien (RS Elite), Stephen Milne & Bob Espey

3rd Gareth Flannigan (Laser SBS3), Jeremy Tomalin & David Nelson

4th Flor O’Driscoll (ICRA 3), Marty Maloney & O O’Farrell

5th Martin Bryne (Dragon), Con Byrne & Brian Matthews

6th  Adrian Allen (Multihull), Michael Allen & Andrew Gallagher

7th Mary O’Loughlin (Match Race), Karena Knaggs & Katie O’Dwyer

8th Derek Mitchell (Ruffian 23), Robert Mitchell & Shane Mitchell

Peter O’Leary, Simon Brien and Gareth Flannigan have automatically qualified for Sunday's Final when they placed first and second.


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