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#lasersailing – Four race wins from six sailed at the Ulster Laser Championships at East Antrim Boat Club gave 2016 Olympic contender Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club a clean sweep of the 15–boat standard fleet. It's the 17–year–old's second regional title this season he picked up Munster honours at Baltimore a month ago.
In the 15–boat radial division, youth national champion Seafra Guilfoyle of Royal Cork went one better to seal the title with five race wins.
In the 4.7s, there was a similar domination as Guilfoyle's club mate Johnny Durcan took four wins. His twin brother, Harry, was also in winning form at the weekend at the Optimist Connaughts.
Full results are available to download below.
|1st||199421||Seafra Guilfoyle||Royal Cork YC|
|2nd||189216||Darragh O'Sullivan||Kinsale YC|
|3rd||182600||Finn Lynch||National YC/BSC|
|4th||196981||Sian Kneafsey||National YC|
|5th||200637||Ruairi Finnegan||Waterford Harbour SC|
|6th||198561||Tadgh Donnelly||National YC|
|7th||198552||Ryan Glynn||Ballyholme YC|
|8th||189215||Eoin Curran||East Down YC|
|9th||197315||Cillian McGreer||Howth YC|
|10th||198518||Dara O'Shea||Kinsale YC|
|11th||190759||Conor Murphy||Kinsale YC|
|12th||188016||Patrick Young||National YC|
|13th||188084||John Durcan||Royal Cork YC|
|14th||198555||Cian Byrne||Royal Cork YC|
|15th||183948||Ross O'Sullivan||Kinsale YC|
|16th||180596||Katherine Geoghegan||Royal Cork YC|
|17th||196982||Emma Cooney||National YC/LDYC|
|18th||166433||Max van der Lee||Royal St George YC|
|19th||198551||Alex Delamer||Howth YC|
|20th||173059||Michael Magowan||Tralee Bay SC|
|21st||192852||Rónan Jones||Wexford Harbour BTC|
|22nd||184757||William Shanahan||National YC|
|23rd||195271||Vikki Cudmore||Royal Cork YC|
|24th||191306||David Hopkins||Cushendall S&BC|
|25th||198435||Sorcha Ni Shuilleabhain||Kinsale YC|
|26th||193591||Susie O'Neill||National YC|
|27th||183231||Dan O'Beirne||Royal St George YC|
|28th||198563||Dara O'Connor||Carlingford Lough YC|
|29th||198562||James Eggers||Royal St George YC|
|30th||174830||Helen Mc Parland||Carlingford Lough YC|
|31st||193531||William Potterton||Waterford Harbour SC|
|32nd||197894||Nathaniel Gillett||Royal St George YC/LDYC|
|33rd||180353||Patrick Cahill||Royal St George YC|
|34th||192861||Andrew Levie||Lough Derg YC/KYC|
|35th||190758||Julie Power||Royal St George YC|
|36th||190584||Luke, Murphy||Wicklow SC|
|37th||196741||Claire Lambert||National YC/LDYC|
|38th||196732||Cliodhna O'Regan||Kinsale YC|
|39th||175654||Laura McGettigan||Royal Irish YC|
|40th||178694||Florence Lydon||Baltimore SC/Schull CC|
|41st||180324||Tallula Dunne||National YC|
|42nd||31908||Roddy Fitzpatrick||Royal St George YC|
Over 300 sailors will compete in Dublin Bay in seven different classes (Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, Feva, Topper, SL16 and Optimist). For youth sailors, this event is the most important in the annual calendar as it is the decider for the top Irish sailors to compete internationally during 2011 and is the pathway for future Olympic sailors. Podcast with Olympic Team Manager James O'Callaghan here.
The 420 fleet is already in situ as the Leinster Championships were held over Easter and the girls team Emma Geary and Niamh Connolly won the event in style. This team is the only 420 crew to qualify internationally for a place on the Irish team to compete in the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia and will be looking to win next weekend to secure this honour.
Dublin Bay will host the 2012 ISAF Youth World Championships and this year's ISA Mitsubishi Youth National event is an important test event with representatives from the international sailing authority visiting Dun Laoghaire to view plans and test logistics.
In addition to the 420 fleet the Laser radial fleet will also be competing to qualify to represent Ireland in Croatia. Philip Doran aged 17 from Courtown in Wexford is the current former under 17 World Champion in the Laser Radial fleet although the National title has eluded him so far. In the girls fleet it will be a toss up between Saskia Tidey (RIYC) and Sophie Murphy (Quoile YC) as both already have a national title each under their belts.
A fleet of top Optimists are expected. Photo: Bob Bateman
The younger Optimist fleet is also celebrating this week after two top 5 positions at the Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, the Netherlands. In fact an Irish team has competed at this event for 23 years and this is the first time that Ireland has won the country prize. Sean Donnelly from Dun Laoghaire who finished fourth in Braassemermeer is also leading the Optimist fleet in the trials and will be anxious to hold on to first position during the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals.
In other fleets, the laser 4.7 fleet is enjoying record numbers with many ex-Optimist and Topper sailors choosing this boat. Finn Lynch from Blessington and Seafra Guilfoyle from Cork will be firm favourites to win the class.
Overall Dublin Bay will be a spectacle of sail over the May Bank holiday weekend with light winds forecast.
Mitsubishi Motors have been a proud supporter of junior sailing in Ireland for the last 7 years. In recent years Ireland has had successes at youth level with winner of the girls under 21 Laser World Championships and a top 10 at the 2010 ISAF Youth Worlds and wins at the British National Optimist Championships.