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O’Leary and Goodbody are May's Sailors of the Month

30th May 2009

Peter O’Leary of Cork and Tim Goodbody of Dun Laoghaire share the honours as the Irish Independent/ “Sailors of the Month” for May after their fabulous victory this week in the Olympic Star Class Eastern European Championship in breezy weather at Hyeres in France.

O’Leary and Goodbody have shown over the past 18 months that, as a team, they have what it takes to compete realistically with the top sailors in these exceptionally demanding boats. Until this week, however, their performance had been one of flashes of promise rather than a single outstanding result. But this time round, they’ve hit the target spot-on.

Second overall was eight times World Champion and multiple Olympic Medallist Robert Scheidt, who rivals current Volvo Ocean Race overall leader Torben Grael as the top sailor in Brazil. The Irish crew came through in the final race to have a total score of 24 pts to Scheidt’s 26, while Szabo of the US was third on 30 and Rohart of Switzerland was fourth on 34. This is a formidable lineup of global Star class talent, and the buildup to the 2012 Olympics is now well launched for the Irish crew. Team

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