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Nicholas O’Leary is All Ireland Champion at first attempt

5th October 2008

Match Racing champion Nicholas O’Leary added the All Ireland title to his 2008 haul this evening after a weekend event the O'Leary's made their own.

His father Anthony finished  second, his brother Peter third. Peter, a Beijing Olympic sailor, previously won the event in 2006 and 2000 but this was 'Nin's' first attempt.

In the Junior & Girl’s competition four races were sailed to provide a clear winner in Philip Doran from Courtown Sailing Club. Discarding a 5th place he counts two race wins and a 2nd place.

Doran smiled, “Brilliant! Before the weekend I didn’t expect it. We had good sailing with a range of conditions and I got consistent results.

Tiffany Brien (Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club and Ballyholme Yacht Club) was second overall but as the highest placed girl is also the ISA All Ireland Girl Champion.

Tiffany explained, “This is my last Junior & Girls. I’m both surprised and delighted to win the Girls Trophy. I’m aimed to be competing against my Dad (Simon Brien) next year.”

Final Results

1st N O'Leary (Match Race), M O’Leary & D O’Connor

2nd A O'Leary (Wild Card Nominee), R McDonald & R O’Leary

3rd P O’Leary (Olympic), C Peelo & J Walsh

4th Gareth Flannigan (Laser SBS), Jeremy Tomalin & David Nelson

5th S Hyde (2007 Defending Champion), D O'Reilly & D McManus

6th T Goodbody (Olympic Nominee), M O'Leary & R O'Sullivan

7th S Brien (RS Elite), S Milne & B Espey

8th N Biggs (ICRA Class 1), G Rile & T Hyland

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