Menu

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Marine Clothing

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.

Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1Laser dinghy racing RCYC1

Published in Royal Cork YC

65 Lasers from over 30 clubs around the country across three fleets – 4.7’s, Radial and Standard Rigs are heading for the Connacht Championships in Cork Harbour this weekend.

Twelve Masters have signed up to hone their racing skills at the Royal Cork Yacht Club before this September’s Laser Master Worlds in Dun Laoghaire following May's staging of the Irish Masters at the Royal St. George Yacht Club. 

Race Officer Ciaran McSweeney and Assistant David O’Brien will hold racing at Cuskinny.

Published in Laser

RYA Master Laser Sailor Mike Matan made clear his intentions for September's World Championships on Dublin Bay taking a clean sweep of the Irish Masters Open at the Royal St George Yacht Club at the weekend. In a fleet of 31, Matan counted three wins in a range of conditions from 30–knots on Saturday to 12 knots or less on Sunday. 

In a show of strength for the 2018 World Championship race track, Dublin Bay produced true championship conditions, if not a little too tough for local sailors at times.

Laser Masters start Dublin Bay 2189A fine turnout of 44 boats in two fleets for the Irish Laser Masters on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat.ie

Laser Masters Dublin Bay irelandMalahide's Dave Kirwan (419), Howth Yacht Club's Mark Kennedy (590) and Ballyholme's Francis Kennedy (885) neck and neck in breeze during the first reach  of race three of the Laser Masters Championships on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat.ie 

"Dublin Bay produced true championship conditions"

Finishing second to Matan in the full rig division – to claim the Irish Masters Champion title – was Daragh Kelleher of Skerries Sailing Club who outwitted some favourites (previewed here) to take the overall win in the Lennon Racewear sponsored event. 

Laser Theo Lyttle 2380Royal St. George's Theo Lyttle Photo: Afloat.ie

Laser Radial Masters start Dublin Bay 2412Conor O'Leary of the Royal St George YC

Laser Mike Matan 2215Irish Masters Open Champion Mike Matan on his way to victory on Dublin Bay (above) and below collecting his trophy from Royal St. George's Peter Bowring (below)

Laser Matan

Laser KelleherDarragh Kelleher (left) was the second in the full rig overall and winner of the Irish Masters Championships

In the Radial division, Sean Craig of the Royal St George YC  had four wins to easily claim the Irish title ahead of Chris Boyd of Ballyholme Yacht Club. Third was Craig's clubmate Marco Sorgassi.

Laser Radial Masters start Dublin Bay 2447Howth's Troy Hopkins leads Ballyholme's Chris Boyd by a boat length into the top mark of Race three in the Radials Photo: Afloat.ie

Additional reporting via Laser Class:

After a season of mainly light winds so far, competitors gathered in gorgeous sunshine on Saturday morning, buoyed by a promising forecast that did not disappoint over the two days. While the sunshine gave way to grey skies on Sunday, a fresh Southerly provided wind and wave to give challenging conditions, ranging from 12-25 knots throughout.

In the Full rigs after Day One, a breakaway group of three sailors threatened to sew up the podium early, despite intense competition throughout a home fleet literally chomping at the bit for the Worlds in September. Manhattan-based Mike Matan, sailing under the burgee of the RYA, claimed the second and third bullets of the day. Whether starting at the pin or the Committee Boat, Matan often seemed quickest away early on port, which was favoured all day as the starboard layline offered up good gains versus those tucked in just below or approaching on port. Daragh Kelleher from Skerries Sailing Club had taken Race One after diving early to that favoured side of the first beat. Corkman Nick Walsh also sat pretty overnight with 4,2,2. Only Gareth Flannigan (Ballyholme Yacht Club, reigning champion) and Howth’s Dave Quinn managed individual races in the top three.

Day Two dawned with a similar forecast and the fleet moved to a different track. The Race Officer made good on his promise to use both of the general race areas that will be employed at the Worlds, where the turnout of 350+ will require two race courses.

More lessons were learnt on flatter, less confused water but again with thrilling offwind legs as the breeze touched 20 knots once more. Up front in the Standards, however, it was business as usual as the same three dominated. Matan took his third win in the final, fifth race to take the overall win and First Master (45-55). Taking the silver medal was Apprentice Master Kelleher, just ahead of Walsh. This made Daragh Kelleher First Irish Master, well-deserved after taking two race wins and using up his discard with a DNC when feeling unwell for Race 3. John Simms from Ballyholme Yacht Club showed he’s lost none of his heavy weather prowess and took the top Grand Master award, finishing a highly creditable 5th overall. Sweden’s David Bourghardt from Kullavik KK rounded off the top 10, just ahead of David Hillmyer from Sarasota in Florida, competing in his second Irish Nationals (he took a race win in 2016).

The Irish Laser Masters scene has finally woken up to the attraction of the Radial rig for older and/or lighter racers. It was great to see 15 entries here after also getting good Master turnouts of a dozen boats with the smaller sail, joining in with our youth sailors at early season regional events. The potential for further growth here looks promising.

Sean Craig of the host club tended to pop out in front and ended up with five bullets but on Sunday he was pushed and headed for long periods by Chris Boyd from Ballyhome Yacht Club, ex Finn Olympian who, like Craig, has recently transitioned to Radial rig. Also new in the division is Dublin-based Italian Marco Sorgassi, from RStGYC, who came 3 rd overall behind Boyd after a consistent showing, holding off the likes of Troy Hopkins (Howth Yacht Club), Ian Magowan (Tralee Bay Sailing Club) and Dragon Champion sailor Neil Hegarty of RStGYC/Baltimore SC. Shirley Gilmore (RStGYC/Kinsale YC) defied her light stature in the strong winds and placed a very respectable 7 th overall, claiming the Top Lady award amongst four female sailors in total.

Sailors enjoyed an excellent three course Regatta dinner on Saturday, after which Irish Sailing High Performance coach Rory Fitzpatrick spoke for almost 90 minutes. A Laser Olympian himself (Athens, 2004) he focused mainly on his role as Coach to our “Radial Queen” Annalise Murphy, chronicling all the highs and lows. We heard about the lows and the soul-searching debrief after the London Olympics and that heartbreaking 4th place finish.

Then on to the next Quadrennial and a fascinating insight into the meticulous preparations that brought Annalise her silver medal in Rio, a period which also included a glorious win at the European Championships in Dun Laoghaire in 2013.

This Masters regatta was run faultlessly on the water by Race Officer Harry Gallagher, supported by his usual Flagship team and a hardworking team of Dun Laoghaire mark layers and RIB drivers. Start lines were square, courses were fair and race turnaround time was instant. Onshore, a compact but very able team kept the show on the road and we would like to thank the Royal St George Yacht Club for looking after the class so well. It augurs well for the Worlds when the neighbouring National Yacht Club comes onboard as co-host.

Thanks also to Open Full rig Champion Mike Matan for his kind words at the Prizegiving. He got his gold medal and Lennon voucher, but that Irish Masters trophy stays in the country with top Irish finisher. 

Radial Fleet

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 15, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet Class SailNo HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st Radial Master 206943 Sean Craig Royal St George YC (1.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 4.0
2nd Radial Great GM 200435 Chris Boyd Ballyholme Y C 2.0 (4.0) 2.0 2.0 2.0 12.0 8.0
3rd Radial Master 211811 Marco Sorgassi Royal St.George 3.0 2.0 3.0 (4.0) 3.0 15.0 11.0
4th Radial Master 211115 Troy Hopkins Howth Yacht Club (5.0) 3.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 19.0 14.0
5th Radial Grand Master 173059 Ian Magowan Tralee Bay Sailing Club/RIYC/CHSC 4.0 6.0 (7.0) 5.0 6.0 28.0 21.0
6th Radial Master 188347 Neil Hegarty Royal St George YC/BSC (7.0) 5.0 5.0 6.0 5.0 28.0 21.0
7th Radial Master 204762 Shirley Gilmore Royal St George YC/Kinsale YC 9.0 (16.0 DNC) 8.0 8.0 7.0 48.0 32.0
8th Radial Grand Master 213957 Paul Ebrill WHBTC 6.0 (16.0 DNC) 16.0 DNC 7.0 8.0 53.0 37.0
9th Radial Master 21010 Glen Fisher None 10.0 (16.0 DNC) 9.0 9.0 9.0 53.0 37.0
10th Radial Grand Master 155919 David Cahill National Yacht Club/Dublin Bay SC 8.0 (16.0 DNC) 6.0 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 62.0 46.0
11th Radial Master 198518 John Sisk RIYC 11.0 (16.0 DNF) 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 75.0 59.0
12th Radial Grand Master 202051 Mary Chambers DMYC 12.0 (16.0 DNC) 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 76.0 60.0
13th Radial Apprentice 179037 Patricia Kelly INSC 13.0 (16.0 DNC) 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 77.0 61.0
14th Radial Legend 178148 Denis O’ Sullivan Monkstown Bay Sailing Club (16.0 DNC) 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 80.0 64.0
14th Radial Grand Master 171911 Joan Sheffield INSC (16.0 DNF) 16.0 DNS 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 80.0 64.0

Standard Fleet

Sailed: 5, Discards: 1, To count: 4, Entries: 31, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet Class SailNo HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st Standard Master 208838 Mike Matan RYA (3.0) 1.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 8.0 5.0
2nd Standard Apprentice 213141 Daragh Kelleher Skerries SC 1.0 3.0 (32.0 DNC) 1.0 3.0 40.0 8.0
3rd Standard Master 210258 Nick Walsh Royal Cork YC (4.0) 2.0 2.0 3.0 2.0 13.0 9.0
4th Standard Apprentice 208319 David Quinn Howth Yacht Club 2.0 9.0 (32.0 DNC) 4.0 4.0 51.0 19.0
5th Standard Grand Master 198554 John Simms Ballyholme YC/Royal Ulster YC 5.0 6.0 (11.0) 5.0 6.0 33.0 22.0
6th Standard Apprentice 201365 Damian Maloney Lough Derg Yacht Club/ RSGYC 9.0 4.0 4.0 6.0 (10.0) 33.0 23.0
7th Standard Master 208855 Gareth Flannigan Ballyholme YC/Royal Ulster YC 6.0 5.0 3.0 12.0 (16.0) 42.0 26.0
8th Standard Grand Master 185032 Charles Taylor Ballyholme Yacht Club/RUYC 10.0 8.0 5.0 (13.0) 5.0 41.0 28.0
9th Standard Master 211463 Edward Rice Royal Cork YC (11.0) 10.0 7.0 10.0 8.0 46.0 35.0
10th Standard Master 210351 David Bourghardt Kullavik KKK 7.0 12.0 (32.0 DNC) 7.0 11.0 69.0 37.0
11th Standard Apprentice 210648 David Hillmyer Sarasota Sailing Sqaudron 14.0 (18.0) 9.0 8.0 9.0 58.0 40.0
12th Standard Master 211129 Theo Lyttle Royal St George YC 12.0 11.0 8.0 9.0 (15.0) 55.0 40.0
13th Standard Grand Master 201829 Chris Arrowsmith Royal St George YC 13.0 17.0 (32.0 RET) 15.0 7.0 84.0 52.0
14th Standard Master 174419 Dave Kirwan Malahide YC/HYC (24.0) 16.0 10.0 14.0 13.0 77.0 53.0
15th Standard Grand Master 201364 Gary O’ Hare Royal St George YC (20.0) 14.0 14.0 11.0 17.0 76.0 56.0
16th Standard Master 171885 Francis Kennedy Ballyholme YC/Baltimore SC 19.0 (23.0) 15.0 18.0 12.0 87.0 64.0
17th Standard Master 181670 John Marmelstein National Yacht Club (28.0) 20.0 13.0 17.0 14.0 92.0 64.0
18th Standard Apprentice 212521 Ross O’ Leary Royal St George YC/ Courtown SC 15.0 13.0 6.0 (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 98.0 66.0
19th Standard Master 204187 Dan O’ Connell ISA 8.0 7.0 19.0 (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 98.0 66.0
20th Standard Grand Master 194648 Conor Costello Malahide Yacht Club 17.0 15.0 16.0 (32.0 DNC) 19.0 99.0 67.0
21st Standard Master 187590 Mark Kennedy Howth YC 23.0 19.0 12.0 (32.0 DNC) 18.0 104.0 72.0
22nd Standard Grand Master 192324 Richard Tate Royal St George YC 16.0 (32.0 DNF) 18.0 20.0 21.0 107.0 75.0
23rd Standard Grand Master 210334 Marc Coakley Royal St George YC/RVYC 22.0 22.0 20.0 16.0 (32.0 DNC) 112.0 80.0
24th Standard Master 177844 Alex Fernie Galway Bay SC (27.0) 24.0 17.0 21.0 22.0 111.0 84.0
25th Standard Grand Master 190745 Conor O’ Leary Royal St George YC (26.0) 21.0 21.0 22.0 20.0 110.0 84.0
26th Standard Master 173110 Ian Simmington Royal St George YC 25.0 25.0 (32.0 DNC) 19.0 23.0 124.0 92.0
27th Standard Apprentice 151399 Marius Fedotovas Kauno Zalgirio Yacht Club, Lithuania/Roy (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNF 32.0 DNC 23.0 24.0 143.0 111.0
28th Standard Master 193264 Paul Keane Royal Irish YC 18.0 (32.0 DNF) 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 146.0 114.0
29th Standard Master 172297 Emmett O’ Sullivan Monkstown Bay Sailing Club/RCYC 21.0 (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 149.0 117.0
30th Standard Master 201375 Aidan Geraghty Greystones Sailing club (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 160.0 128.0
30th Standard Apprentice 173062 Gavan Murphy Royal St George YC (32.0 DNC) 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 160.0 128.0

Published in Laser

After three races sailed in strong and testing southerly winds and big seas, the Irish Laser Master Championships at the Royal St.George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is led overnight by the RYA's Mike Matan in the 29–boat standard class. The 14-boat Radial Rig division is lead by Sean Craig of the host club. 

As Afloat.ie reported previously, the promise of some pre–event training on the world championship race track has produced a bumper entry for the Lennon Racewear sponsored event. 44 boats are entered with sailors from across Ireland as well as the UK, USA, Sweden, Italy and Lithuania.

Laser masters dublin bay 2190Ideal conditions for today's first three races of the Laser Master Championships Photo: Afloat.ie

Second in the standard rig fleet is Ballyholme Yacht Club's Chris Boyd who is five points off the leader with Royal St.George's Marco Sorgassi third. 

Laser masters dublin bay sean Craig 2436Sean Craig of the host club leads at the top mark of the Radial fleet of the Laser Masters on Dublin Bay. Photo: Afloat.ie

Results are below. 

Racing continues tomorrow.

Radial Fleet

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 15, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet Class SailNo HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st Radial Master 206943 Sean Craig Royal St George YC 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 3.0
2nd Radial Great GM 200435 Chris Boyd Ballyholme Y C 2.0 4.0 2.0 8.0 8.0
3rd Radial Master 211811 Marco Sorgassi Royal St.George 3.0 2.0 3.0 8.0 8.0
4th Radial Master 211115 Troy Hopkins Howth Yacht Club 5.0 3.0 4.0 12.0 12.0
5th Radial Grand Master 173059 Ian Magowan Tralee Bay Sailing Club/RIYC/CHSC 4.0 6.0 7.0 17.0 17.0
6th Radial Master 188347 Neil Hegarty Royal St George YC/BSC 7.0 5.0 5.0 17.0 17.0
7th Radial Grand Master 155919 David Cahill National Yacht Club/Dublin Bay SC 8.0 16.0 DNC 6.0 30.0 30.0
8th Radial Master 204762 Shirley Gilmore Royal St George YC/Kinsale YC 9.0 16.0 DNC 8.0 33.0 33.0
9th Radial Master 21010 Glen Fisher None 10.0 16.0 DNC 9.0 35.0 35.0
10th Radial Grand Master 213957 Paul Ebrill WHBTC 6.0 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 38.0 38.0
11th Radial Master 198518 John Sisk RIYC 11.0 16.0 DNF 16.0 DNC 43.0 43.0
12th Radial Grand Master 202051 Mary Chambers DMYC 12.0 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 44.0 44.0
13th Radial Apprentice 179037 Patricia Kelly INSC 13.0 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 45.0 45.0
14th Radial Legend 178148 Denis O’ Sullivan Monkstown Bay Sailing Club 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 16.0 DNC 48.0 48.0
14th Radial Grand Master 171911 Joan Sheffield INSC 16.0 DNF 16.0 DNS 16.0 DNC 48.0 48.0

Standard Fleet

Sailed: 3, Discards: 0, To count: 3, Entries: 31, Scoring system: Appendix A
Rank Fleet Class SailNo HelmName Club R1 R2 R3 Total Nett
1st Standard Master 208838 Mike Matan RYA 3.0 1.0 1.0 5.0 5.0
2nd Standard Master 210258 Nick Walsh Royal Cork YC 4.0 2.0 2.0 8.0 8.0
3rd Standard Master 208855 Gareth Flannigan Ballyholme YC/Royal Ulster YC 6.0 5.0 3.0 14.0 14.0
4th Standard Apprentice 201365 Damian Maloney Lough Derg Yacht Club/ RSGYC 9.0 4.0 4.0 17.0 17.0
5th Standard Grand Master 198554 John Simms Ballyholme YC/Royal Ulster YC 5.0 6.0 11.0 22.0 22.0
6th Standard Grand Master 185032 Charles Taylor Ballyholme Yacht Club/RUYC 10.0 8.0 5.0 23.0 23.0
7th Standard Master 211463 Edward Rice Royal Cork YC 11.0 10.0 7.0 28.0 28.0
8th Standard Master 211129 Theo Lyttle Royal St George YC 12.0 11.0 8.0 31.0 31.0
9th Standard Apprentice 212521 Ross O’ Leary Royal St George YC/ Courtown SC 15.0 13.0 6.0 34.0 34.0
10th Standard Master 204187 Dan O’ Connell ISA 8.0 7.0 19.0 34.0 34.0
11th Standard Apprentice 213141 Daragh Kelleher Skerries SC 1.0 3.0 32.0 DNC 36.0 36.0
12th Standard Apprentice  14.0 18.0 9.0 41.0 41.0
13th Standard Apprentice 208319 David Quinn Howth Yacht Club 2.0 9.0 32.0 DNC 43.0 43.0
14th Standard Grand Master 201364 Gary O’ Hare Royal St George YC 20.0 14.0 14.0 48.0 48.0
15th Standard Grand Master 194648 Conor Costello Malahide Yacht Club 17.0 15.0 16.0 48.0 48.0
16th Standard Master 174419 Dave Kirwan Malahide YC/HYC 24.0 16.0 10.0 50.0 50.0
17th Standard Master 210351 David Bourghardt Kullavik KKK 7.0 12.0 32.0 DNC 51.0 51.0
18th Standard Master 187590 Mark Kennedy Howth YC 23.0 19.0 12.0 54.0 54.0
19th Standard Master 171885 Francis Kennedy Ballyholme YC/Baltimore SC 19.0 23.0 15.0 57.0 57.0
20th Standard Master 181670 John Marmelstein National Yacht Club 28.0 20.0 13.0 61.0 61.0
21st Standard Grand Master 201829 Chris Arrowsmith Royal St George YC 13.0 17.0 32.0 RET 62.0 62.0
22nd Standard Grand Master 210334 Marc Coakley Royal St George YC/RVYC 22.0 22.0 20.0 64.0 64.0
23rd Standard Grand Master 192324 Richard Tate Royal St George YC 16.0 32.0 DNF 18.0 66.0 66.0
24th Standard Master 177844 Alex Fernie Galway Bay SC 27.0 24.0 17.0 68.0 68.0
25th Standard Grand Master 190745 Conor O’ Leary Royal St George YC 26.0 21.0 21.0 68.0 68.0
26th Standard Master 193264 Paul Keane Royal Irish YC 18.0 32.0 DNF 32.0 DNC 82.0 82.0
27th Standard Master 173110 Ian Simmington Royal St George YC 25.0 25.0 32.0 DNC 82.0 82.0
28th Standard Master 172297 Emmett O’ Sullivan Monkstown Bay Sailing Club/RCYC 21.0 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 85.0 85.0
29th Standard Master 201375 Aidan Geraghty Greystones Sailing club 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 96.0 96.0
29th Standard Apprentice 151399 Marius Fedotovas Kauno Zalgirio Yacht Club, Lithuania/Roy 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNF 32.0 DNC 96.0 96.0
29th Standard Apprentice 173062 Gavan Murphy Royal St George YC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 32.0 DNC 96.0 96.0

Published in Laser

Finn Lynch narrowly missed out on Gold fleet racing overnight – by a single place – after three days of qualifying races at the Laser European Championships in La Rochelle, France.

While Ireland's three boat Olympic Laser sailing team competing in France have all dropped back after a 'steady start', Lough Derg's Aisling Keller, who was as high as 13th after day one, lies 47th in the 93–boat Radial fleet and makes the Gold fleet.

After six races sailed, the National Yacht Club's Lynch, who was 37th after day one, now lies 55th, one place off gold fleet standard.

Ballyholme's Liam Glynn is 88th from 160 entries and will also race in the 53–boat silver fleet.

Maeve Leonard will race in the Radial silver fleet.

Howth Yacht Club's Aoife Hopkins is not competing due to exams.

Ireland has a single entry in the Mens Radial division with Wexford Harbour's Ronan Wallace lying eighth overall from 59.

New Zealanders Sam Meech and Andrew McKenzie continued their charge at the Laser European championships in La Rochelle overnight (NZ time) but things are about to get a whole lot more difficult as all the other top sailors join them in gold fleet.

Meech is second and McKenzie third after three days of qualifying. Meech added a second and fourth overnight and is now one point behind Australia's Matthew Wearn and McKenzie banked two third-placed finishes to be another five points behind.

The complexion of racing will change tonight as the top 54 sailors compete over three days in gold fleet, including a third New Zealander George Gautrey who qualified in 42nd. The first three days saw the 160 competitors split into three fleets, which saw some very low scoring from many in the top 20.

Susannah Pyatt is the best placed of the trio of New Zealanders in the Laser Radial in 19th with Olivia Christie 39th.

Results and standings after the thrd day of the Laser European Championships at La Rochelle, France, overnight:

Laser (160 boats)
1. Matthew Wearn, AUS, 5 points
2. Sam Meech, NZL, 6
3. Andrew McKenzie, NZL, 11

Laser Radial (93 boats)
1. Maxime Jonker, NED, 5
2. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 10 
3. Emma Plasschaert, BEL, 14

Full results: eurilca.org

Published in Tokyo 2020

After a busy start to the Laser sailing season at Baltimore for the Munster Championships and then last weekend's Ulsters at Ballyholme, all before the first weekend of May, next up for the senior Irish Laser fleet is the Lennon Racewear sponsored Irish Laser Master National Championships hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club on 19th and 20th May. 

Over 40 entries are expected with confirmed entrants from the UK, Sweden and the USA as they also prepare for the for 2018 Laser Master Worlds on Dublin Bay in September. The new lease of life for Dublin Laser interests has meant the local DBSC fleet has swelled to 30 boats for regular club racing and that is discussed in an article in the Irish Times here.

Among the favourites for the Master Standard Rig title in a fortnight are reigning champion Gareth Flannigan, Nick Walsh, Darragh Kelleher and Dave Quinn.

For the Radial Rig title, a number of strong performers are returning to the scene including Thomas Chaix, Chris Boyd and Sean Craig – all of whom have finished in the top three at the Full Rig Masters in recent years.

"For the Radial Rig title, a number of strong performers are returning to the scene including Thomas Chaix, Chris Boyd and Sean Craig"

The host club has a proven track record of running major Laser events having run both  World and European Championships in recent years as well as the ISAF Youth Worlds in 2012.

This Irish Laser Master National Championships have been running for 30 years and is open to over 35s. Online entry closes on 16th May, with discounted early online entry closing on 11th May. This year, there will be an after-dinner talk on Saturday night from Rory Fitzpatrick who coached Ireland’s Annalise Murphy to Silver at the Rio Olympics.

Published in Laser

The busy season for DBSC  Laser Fleet kicked off last Tuesday with 2 short sharp races in the Harbour in light conditions. With an entry of over 30 Standard and Radial rigs this year will be action packed with Laser Regional Championships each month, Laser Class starts in the Dun Laoghaire Club regattas and the pinnacle of the Laser sailing year for many with the Laser Master’s World Championships in September in Dun Laoghaire.

A travelling group of 14 DBSC Laser sailors moved North over the weekend to the Ulster Championships in Ballyholme and returned with impressive results. Well done to Shirley Gilmore - 1st Lady Master, Mary Chambers – 2nd Lady Master in her first regional event!, Sean Craig 2nd Master in the Radial Fleet. In Standard Fleet, well done to Ross O’Leary – 2nd Master & 4th Overall, Damien Maloney 6th Overall and Gavan Murphy in 10th Overall in tough and very competitive racing on Belfast Lough.

"A travelling group of 14 DBSC Laser sailors raced at the Ulster Championships in Ballyholme and returned with impressive results"

The DBSC Laser Masters Coaching Programme is open to all levels of Laser sailors, newcomers, returning laser sailors and experienced veterans. 'The programme for May is online now for Standard & Radial Rigs for all club or non-club sailors, ' according to Laser Class Captain Ross O'Leary.

Run from the Royal St George Yacht Club these 3 hour sessions on Friday evenings [6-9] and Sunday mornings [9.30-12.30] are family friendly and lead by experienced Laser Coaches to cater for Laser sailors of all levels and to answer any of your questions.

If you feel you need to gain more confidence or experience or get rid of those bad habits - BOOK ONLINE NOW here

If you want to come and join the racing enter now for Tuesday evening  here. It is suitable for all levels of ability with racing in the harbour or in Scotsman's Bay depending on conditions with full rescue boat cover. 'Guaranteed banter with food is available in the RSt George YC bar after racing each Tuesday – all welcome!', according to O'Leary.

Lady Masters ULSTERSLady Masters Shirley Gilmore (left) and Mary Chambers at Laser Ulster Championships

Published in Laser

Ballyholme's Olympic trialist Liam Glynn won the CH Marine Ulster Laser Championship title last weekend on Belfast Lough counting five race wins.

Royal St George Yacht Club sailors did the double by securing the 4.7 and Radial titles. The Radial winner was Henry Higgins with the 4.7’s won by newcomer to the class, Moss Simington.

A large number of laser sailors from around the country headed northwards last Friday night to compete in the Championships.

The regatta was hosted this year by Ballyholme Yacht Club and entries were significantly increased given it was the last qualifying event for Irish masters who wished to get on the ranking ladders. Ninety seven competitors were ready to race early on Saturday morning.

"The regatta was hosted this year by Ballyholme Yacht Club and entries were significantly increased given it was the last qualifying event for Irish Masters"

The fleets launched in 8 -10 knots of breeze on Saturday with PRO Robin Gray and his team completing 3 races for all fleets after a long day on the water. Alana Coakley, Henry Higgins and Liam Glynn led the 4.7, radial and standard fleets respectively.

Sunday morning the sailors were greeted with glorious sunshine and a breeze of 6-10 knots. Another 3 races were secured for all fleets completing a full series. This weekend gave great light weather practice for our international event sailors travelling away this Summer.

There was a change in the 4.7 fleet overnight standings with newcomer Moss Simington - Royal St George YC scoring a 3, 1 and 2 on Sunday to take the 4.7 title by one point. Atlee Kohl - Royal Cork YC had to be happy with 2nd after his recent wins at the Munsters and Youth Nationals. Alana Coakley - RStGYC/RVYC was third and First Lady.

After the successful introduction of the Silver Fleet at the recent Munster Championships, the 4.7 silver fleet prizes went to - 1st Joseph Karauzum County Antrim YC, 2nd Jennifer O'Shaughnessy Royal Cork YC and 3rd Jamie McDonnell Lettice Royal Cork YC.

Henry Higgins of the Royal St George YC retained his overnight lead and took the Radial Title. Chris Bateman of the Royal Cork revelled in the conditions on Sunday with two bullets and secured 2nd ahead of Jack Fahy - RStGYC/RCYC/LDYC 3rd. The first Radial Master was local sailor and former Olympian Chris Boyd.

The Radial Silver Fleet prizes were awarded as follows - 1st Howard Massie Ballyholme YC, 2nd Ella Hemeryck NYC/HYC and 3rd Russell Finlay Ballyholme YC.

Liam Glynn’s performance in home waters was superb with five bullets counting to win the Standard Fleet. Fionn Conway from Killaloe/NYC who was competing in his first standard event, was second overall and David Quinn - Howth YC third overall and first master. This podium finish for Dave Quinn was a great reward for a lot of hard work over the winter months as he has returned to the fleet after a 20 year absence. Also notable in the standard fleet was that 26 of the 29 competing were Masters with another 11 racing in the Radial Fleet.

This was a great event to see ahead of the Lennon Racewear Irish Laser Master Nationals in Dun Laoghaire on the 19th and 20th May. Online entry is now open here. This will be a great opportunity for sailors to experience racing in Dublin Bay ahead of the Master Worlds in September. Event Organiser Sean Craig advises that a number of international sailors are travelling to compete in May.

Full Ulster Championship results can be found here

Published in Laser
Page 1 of 34

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

DBSC
Howth Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
ICRA
isora sidebutton

Featured Events

corkweek sidebutton
tokyo sidebutton
roundireland sidebutton
wave regatta

Featured Chandleries

chmarine sidebutton
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating