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Two Dublin Laser sailors are into the gold fleet of their respective fleets at the World Championships at Aarhus, Denmark but Finn Lynch and Aoife Hopkins will both will need to up their game if Olympic nation qualification is to be achieved next week.

Gusting winds at the Hempel Sailing World Championships at Aarhus, Denmark today saw the sailors deliver qualification into their respective Gold fleets. The progress keeps alive the promise that Ireland can deliver at least two nation places at this championships.

After six races over the past three days in the 165-boat Men’s Laser event, Rio 2016 veteran Lynch, who is a full-time sailor, comfortably reached the Gold fleet after posting 18th and 13th places for the day.

Howth Yacht Club’s Hopkins, who is a Trinity College Maths Student, matched her opening day form which was also enough to qualify for the Gold fleet.

Over 1,500 athletes are competing in all 10 Olympic classes for the first opportunity to qualify their nations for Tokyo 2020. 

The top 14 by nation is proving elusive however for Lynch and the National Yacht Club single-hander will need a step-up in form when racing resumes on Tuesday and Wednesday following a well-earned rest day. 

World U21 Bronze medallist Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club was unlucky to miss the cut for Gold fleet after posting his best day of the series with a 12th a 17th. He was just five places off the cut and will now start in the Silver fleet on Tuesday.

In the Womens’ Laser Radial event Hopkins matched her opening day form with a 33rd and 35th for the day which was enough to qualify for the Gold fleet. Lough Derg Yacht Club’s Aisling Keller was unlucky in the second race of the day when she was disqualified after starting early and she slips to the Silver fleet at 105th overall.

The Mens’ 49er skiff event will be the only Irish-interest qualification series continuing on Monday for the final three races of the round. London and Rio veteran Ryan Seaton from Ballyholme, now paired with Séafra Guilfoyle of the Royal Cork Yacht Club posted their best day today when they scored top results for the two races. Three races remain on Monday with an improvement from their current 41st overall to 29th or better needed to make the Gold fleet.

Published in Tokyo 2020

Liam Glynn of Ballyholme is July’s “Sailor of the Month” (Olympics) after taking the Bronze Medal in the U–21 World Championship in Poland.

Glynn was Topper World Champion in France aged 13 in 2013, now at 19 he has demonstrated the success of his transfer to Lasers with this very competent third place in difficult sailing conditions, racing against a fleet of 133 boats from 40 nations.

Published in Sailor of the Month

Light and challenging conditions greeted the 95 entries for the Leinster Laser Championships at Howth Yacht Club over the weekend. Local Howth sailor Ewan McMahon took the honours in the Standard fleet, Peter Fagan (RStGYC) won the Radials and Alana Coakley ((RStGYC) won the 4.7 title.

The Radials were the largest fleet with 40 competitors taking to the water with the title undecided going into the last race. Peter Fagan (RStGYC) won out from a very tight grouping with single points separating Aisling Keller ((LDYC/RIYC) in 2nd (also 1st Lady) and Aoife Hopkins (HYC) in 3rd place. All three sailors shared all but the last finishing gun with the last race being won by Nicholas Reeser from Lauderdale YC/ NYC. In the Master category Sean Craig ( RStGYC) took 1st prize. Jess Winton (Ballyholme) won the Silver fleet.

Aoife Hopkins Leeward MarkAoife Hopkins rounds a leeward mark

The 4.7 fleet of 29 sailors was also as competitive with 6 individual race winners. Alana Coakley (RStGYC) took the Leinster title (and 1st Lady) from Dylan McEvoy (HYC) with Emily Riordan (RStGYC) in 3rd. The Silver fleet prize was won by Aoife McMahon (HYC).

Radial Weather Mark PhotoLaser Radials round a weather mark

Ewan McMahon (HYC) dominated the Standard rig with 4 wins and a 2nd place. Ronan Wallace (Wexford HBTC) was very consistent with a string of 2nds and 3rds and a final race win to finish 2nd overall. There was a great tussle for 3rd place with David Quinn (HYC) in 3rd holding off the challenge from Paul McMahon (HYC/ KIORA) in 4th. David Quinn won 1st Master with Ross O’Leary 2nd Master and John Simms 3rd.

Excellent race management under PRO David Lovegrove ensured 3 races on the Saturday despite the tricky conditions which included one wind shift of 180 degrees. All 6 of the scheduled races were completed.

The organisers were most grateful for the huge turnout at the BBQ on Saturday evening. A free raffle for competitors saw Dylan McEvoy (HYC) win a voucher for boat insurance from CraftInsure with delighted Glen Fisher (RSTGYC) winning the top prize of a new Radial sail. 

Peter Fagan Laser Radial WinnerPeter Fagan Laser Radial winner

The event concluded with a prize giving. After some short speeches, the main prizes were presented by Vice Commodore Ian Byrne. The prizes were sourced from local artist Carol O’Mara which were much appreciated. Silver fleets prizes sponsored by CH Marine for the Radial and 4.7 fleets were highly sought after.

Alana Coakley 1st 4.7Alana Coakley was the Laser 4.7 rig winner

HYC and the competitors are most grateful to the generous sponsors who were BKS & Co, CH Marine, CraftInsure, Gallagher Quigley Estate Agents, Investwise and McMahon Design & Management who ensured a successful event.

Full results here.

Published in Laser

A fourth scored by National Yacht Club's Nell Staunton in race eight moves the Dubliner up to eighth overall in the Laser Radial Girls class of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships at Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas with a single race left to sail today.

The Dublin school girl had another solid performance yesterday with her best result of the week, counting all her results to date in the top 13. 46 are competing in the girls class.

"The Dublin school girl had another solid performance yesterday"

Six classes have been clinched with a race to spare in this year's championships.

In the boys Laser Radial class, Jack Fahy of Lough Derg and the Royal St. George Yacht Club is 20th from 58.

The fourth day of the 48th Youth Sailing World Championships saw six class winners crowned gold medalists.

The Youth Worlds has become the pinnacle sailing event for teenagers aged 16-18. Past gold medalists have gone on to very successful careers in the upper echelons of the sport.

Whether American Geronimo Nores (Boys’ RS:X), Islay Watson of Great Britain (Girls’ RS:X), Argentinians Teresa Romairone and Dante Cittadini (Nacra 15), Josh Armit of New Zealand (Laser Radial Boys’), Charlotte Rose of the U.S.A. (Laser Radial Girls’) and Joseph Hermus and Walter Henry (USA) (Boys’ 420) follow in those footsteps remains to be seen.

Tonight they’re revelling in the fact that they’ve won a gold medal at a world championships with one race to spare.

Friday is the final day of competition in Corpus Christi where the remaining podium positions will be decided. Racing starts at 12:00 local time with one race scheduled per fleet. -- Sean McNeill

Published in Youth Sailing

The Laser dinghy league was run over the three consecutive Saturdays during the National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Royal St. George YC Regattas.

A total of 28 Lasers participated over the 6 races – 16 in the standard Laser rig and 12 in the Laser Radial rig. 

The largest fleet of 23 Lasers competed on the last Saturday in a challenging but rewarding course off Seapoint in Dublin Bay.

"A total of 28 Lasers participated over the six races"

The hour-long races provided great racing for all levels with great competition and provided a great experience for some newcomers to the fleet.

Overall Results: 

RADIAL RIG FLEET

  1. Sean Craig
  2. Judy O’Beirne
  3. Shirley Gilmore

STANDARD RIG FLEET

  1. Ronan Wallace
  2. Ross O’Leary
  3. Eoin Delap

In the Awards section of the prizegiving, BEST NEWCOMER went to Ali Robinson, MOST IMPROVED went to Richard Tate and BEST ATTITUDE went to Michael Delaney!

Ross o leary shirley gilmoreThere were a range of prizes presented for the inaugural league

The most Coveted Award for the Best ‘FEIC UP CUP’ went to Marc Coakley, with Theo Lyttle and Damian Maloney not far behind.

  1. Marc Coakley – for launching the wrong boat from the dinghy park – Marc was just about to push off the slip when he realised he launched some kids 4.7 rigged Laser while his own STD Laser was still on its launching trolley in the dinghy park!
  2. Theo Lyttle – for mixing up his 'Port' and 'Starboard' and hitting a few boats on the racecourse on one Saturday. ‘Jetlag’ was the excuse as he had an expensive evening buying apology pints.
  3. Damian Maloney – for the most spectacular downwind capsize you will ever see in 8 knots of wind on the last Saturday racing! But he rebounded with a spectacular bullet in the following race.

DBSC Laser fleet race on Tuesday evenings during the summer with training on Sunday morning for newcomers. Open to new and returning Laser sailors – it provides great racing for all levels and regular training that suits all abilities.

Thanks to the NYC, RIYC and RstGeorge YC for supporting the Laser League initiative.

Full results can be found here

Published in Laser

In a month, where Irish Laser sailors are celebrating a U21 World bronze medal, the Class returns to Howth Yacht Club for an open event after a long absence. HYC will host this two-day event which kicks off on Saturday 21st July.

For the almost 40 sailors competing in HYC's own Frostbite Series, it will be a welcome change to enjoy some Howth racing in warm conditions! Race management will be of the usual high standard with PRO David Lovegrove and team in charge. The race area is second to none, with a short sail to the race track between Ireland's Eye and Lambay Island which typically offers perfect downwind wave conditions for the Laser and fair winds across the course.

Howth boasts several very talented contenders, some of whom should feature on the leaderboards

Although the competition will be of the highest calibre, Howth boasts several very talented contenders, some of whom should feature on the leaderboards so watch out for Crawford, Hopkins, McEvoy, McMahon, and Wallace. Of note is Ewan McMahon in the Standard Rig and Aoife Hopkins in the Radial rig. Both are aspiring Olympic candidates and this event is a great warm-up before the World Championships in Aarhus, Demark in August.

As this is one of the last championship events for the Masters sailors before the World Championships in Dun Laoghaire, competition for the coveted ‘first master’ will be fierce. As some places are still available for the World Championships, and the entry deadline for the event is August 1st, this event may also be a final chance for Irish Laser Masters to qualify for the big event in early September. Given the number of Masters sailors in Howth, this could be a prime opportunity to get a late place. There may not be another Laser Masters Worlds in Ireland for 20 years!

Shortly after racing there will be a BBQ to help refuel competitors and give everyone time to catch up and recall the events of the day.

The event has several sponsors which will ensure some great prizes and après sailing. So a much-appreciated thank you goes to BKS - Brendan O’Brien, CH Marine, CraftInsure, Investwise – Dave Quinn and MDM – Jim and Tom McMahon for supporting this event.

Early entry cost is €50 and is available until midnight on 13th July. Full entry cost of €75 will then apply until 2100 hours on 18th July and the online entry will close.

Registration will be available at the event on Friday night and Saturday morning. Online entry and all relevant documents can be found here

Published in Laser

As Afloat.ie reported earlier, at the U21 Laser World Championships in Poland today 19-year-old Ballyholme Yacht Club Sailor Liam Glynn from Bangor, Co. Down in Northern Ireland took a bronze medal from a fleet of 133 competitors spanning forty countries. The result adds to Ireland's youth medal haul in the Laser class over the past decade.

Glynn secured the medal in difficult shifty conditions on the Baltic Sea. On an outstanding penultimate day, scoring two third places, put him in pole position coming into the final day. A strong charge today by the two German sailors ultimately meant he missed the title but such was the strength of his series he still took the bronze medal.

As a junior, Glynn won the Topper World Championships in 2013. This second World Championship medal bodes well for his future potential in the Olympic discipline, where his main rival for the single Tokyo place is Dun Laoghaire's Finn Lynch a sailor who also performed at U21 level.

As Afloat.ie readers will recall, Ireland has previous success at World Radial youth level. Nine years ago, Wexford’s Philip Doran took the Under 17 world championship title in Japan in 2010. A year earlier he won the Under 16 title. In that same year, 2009, Annalise Murphy, then aged 19, won the Under 21 world title. 

Glynn's rival Lynch took bronze in the Men's Radial Worlds, silver in the Europeans and gold in the U21 category at the Laser European and World Championships in 2013 on his home waters of Dun Laoghaire. 

Today's qualifies Glynn for the Irish Sailing Senior Team in 2019, and he will now join this team to compete at the Olympic qualifier in Aarhus, Denmark in August

Published in Tokyo 2020

The Dublin Bay Laser fleet is making a push for more entries for the Laser fleets in the forthcoming Dun Laoghaire Regattas starting this weekend with the National Yacht Club fixture.

Laser Class Captain Ross O'Leary has come up with a 'Laser League' concept over six races for the three consecutive Saturdays of the National Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club & Royal St. George Yacht Club Regattas.

The regattas are the highlight of the Dun Laoghaire sailing season. You can read more about the NYC regatta here and the RIYC regatta date here.

Along with the usual prize for overall winner in Radial and Standard rig - the new league will have prizes for the most improved Laser sailor, wobbler for best capsize or mess-up, best newcomer to the fleet, Golden – oldie prize for fastest–oldest Laser sailor and a youth prize for the best young sailor that 'annoys an old fella on the course!'

With a discard of two races, one regatta may be skipped by a league entrant.

Entrants have to enter each separate regatta online:

NYC Regatta – 23rd June here

RIYC Regatta 30th June here

Royal St. George YC Regatta 7th July - details to follow

The league prizegiving and get–together will take place after the R St George YC Regatta on the 7th of July. 

Online entry (at €15) is here

Published in Laser

Kinsale Yacht Club's Darragh O'Sullivan (Standard), Howth Yacht Club's Jamie McMahon (Radial) and Lough Ree's James Delaney (4.7) were the three division winners of the Laser Connacht Championships held in Cork Harbour at the weekend.

Although there were no Royal Cork Yacht Club winners in any of the three divisions, host club sailors did feature prominently in the results and Crosshaven solo sailors occupied the bulk of the podium places after six races sailed off Cuskinny.

Full results in each division are downloadable below. See our day one photo gallery here.

Kinsale's O'Sullivan was two points ahead of Johnny Durcan of the host club with Nick Walsh also of RCYC third. Download provisional results below.

Jamie McMahon Laser Radial Howth(Above and below) Radial winner Jamie McMahon of Howth in the breeze Photo: Bob Bateman

Jamie McMahon

In the Radial Division, Howth Yacht Club's McMahon bested the 23-boat fleet eeked out a five-point margin over RCYC's Chris Bateman. One point behind in third was Waterford Harbour's Geoff Power. Download provisional results below.

In the 4.7 fleet, the biggest fleet of the weekend James Delaney of Lough Ree was four points clear of second-placed Cathal O'Regan of RCYC with club mate Rory O'Sullivan third. Download provisional results below. 

Lough Ree James Delaney Laser 4.7 WinnerLough Ree's James Delaney was the Laser 4.7 Winner Photo: Bob Bateman

Published in Laser

Munster sailors are in control of the 14-boat Standard Rig fleet after three races sailed on the first day of the Irish Laser Connacht Championships 2018 at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Kinsale Yacht Club's Darragh O'Sullivan leads the host club's Nick Walsh in second overall with club mate Johnny Durcan in third place. Download provisional results below.

See our Laser Connacht Photo Gallery by Bob Bateman below

Medium to strong westerly breezes greeted the 65 Lasers from over 30 clubs around the country across three fleets – 4.7’s, Radial and Standard Rigs for the Championships in Cork Harbour this weekend. Racing is taking place on the
Eastern Bank in Cork Harbour  between Aghada and Cuskinny.

In the Radial Division, Howth Yacht Club's Jamie McMahon leads the 23-boat fleet but only just. The Dublin youth, who so narrowly missed out on overall honours in the youth championships in March, is on the same eight points as RCYC's Chris Bateman. Third is Waterford Harbour's Geoff Power. Download provisional results below.

In the 4.7 fleet, the biggest fleet of the weekend is led by James Delaney of Lough Ree. Second is Cathal O'Regan of RCYC with Alanna Coakley of Royal St. George third. Download provisional results below.

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