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Irish Laser sailor Conor Quinn, from Rostrevor and a member of Carlingford Lough Yacht Club (CLYC) and Rush Sailing Club (RSC) is on his way to China this December as the as the sole Irish Laser Radial representative at the Under–19 Youth Sailing World Championships in China in December.

Part of the RYANI Performance Academy, Quinn also trains with the Irish Sailing (ISA) Youth Academy.

Further to Quinn’s impressive sailing efforts this summer, he also secured a place at Newcastle University to study Accounting & Finance, a course in which he embarks on in the coming weeks.

Receiving the prestigious nomination for China tops a successful summer for the young sailor, having also represented Ireland at the European Championships in Gdynia, Poland and the World Championships in Medemblik, Holland, at which he finished 31st and 32nd place respectively in a highly competitive field from over 50 countries.

“I hope to continue my good run of form into China and am hungry for further success on the international stage, Quinn told Afloat.ie

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As the Irish Laser Championships started so did it end with consistent sailing rewarding day one leaders with overall victory at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon.

Scroll down for Bob Bateman's prizegiving gallery.

A mix of mist and downpours brought the championships to a close at Crosshaven, where the prizegiving marked the special contribution of Belfast's Ron Hutchieson who retired as Class Secretary after forty years service to the class. 

Two final races were sailed outside Cork harbour today. However, the Radial fleet's second race was abandoned as the wind died. It was expected to fill in again but did so from a different direction thereby bringing backmarkers up to the leaders and so it was abandoned.

The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch put Tokyo 2020 rival Liam Glynn, the former Topper World Champion, to the sword in the standard division with a string of wins. Third was Ronan Walsh of the host club. See the standard rig results here

Royal Cork's Luke McGrath stayed top of the Radials and he had 22–point margin over Sean Craig, a recent Radial rig convert, who took second place. The Royal St. George multi–champion was seven points clear of Dingle Sailing Club's Cunnane. Read the Radial results here.

In the 4.7 fleet, Jack Fahy also maintained his overall lead with a five point cushion and in a show of strength for the Royal St. George Yacht Club, another George helmsman, Tom Higgins, was second overall. Third was Michael Carroll from Kinsale YC. 4.7 results are here.

Laser Nats 17 PG 6072(Above and below) Bowing out – Ron Hutchieson (right) bids farewell to the Irish Laser class after forty years serviceLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Laser Nats 17 PG 6072A Laser Championships raffle prize was presented by Conor Mowlds of the National Maritime College to winner Cathal O'Regan

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Laser Nats 17 PG 6072Eddie Rice was the Standard Fleet Master winnerLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Royal Cork's Nick Walsh was second in the Master divisionLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Ronan Walsh was the standard youth winner and third overall Laser Nats 17 PG 6072Ballyholme's Liam Glynn Standard was runner up in the Standard RigLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Royal St. George's Tom Higgins was second in the 4.7 FleetLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Kinsale's Michael Carroll was third in the 4.7 fleetLaser Nats 17 PG 6072The National Yacht Club's Clare Gorman was the 4.7 Lady winner and fourth overall

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There was no change at the top of the leaderboard at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Laser National Championships after two more races were sailed in Cork Harbour today, bringing the total to five races of the Championships sailed so far.

Olympian Finn Lynch maintains a perfect scoreline of five wins in the standard rig. See the standard rig results here

The host club's Luke McGrath stays top in the Radial rig. Read the Radial results here.

In the biggest fleet of the Championships, Jack Fahy of the Royal St.George YC also stays in front of his 42–boat 4.7 fleet. 4.7 results are here.

By the end of the second race today, winds hit 28–knots on the race course, bringing to an end a hectic second day of the championships for Race Officer Peter Crowley.

Racing continues tomorrow. Scroll down for photo gallery by Bob Bateman.

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Ideal championship sailing conditions in Cork Harbour led to clear leaders emerging after day one and three races of the Laser National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club

As expected, Rio rep Finn Lynch, Team Ireland's only sailor at the World Cup Finals in Santander, Spain in June has stormed into the lead in a less than stellar turnout of 14 standard rig Lasers. The National Yacht Club ace has three straight wins, and that's something in common with the leaders in both the Radial and 4.7 divisions too.

Admittedly, there are a number of international Laser events running concurrently and this has robbed the Crosshaven event of some Irish Laser stars including Crosshaven's own Johnny Durcan who is attending the youth European championships. Also absent are U21 stars Aoife Hopkins, who was recently crowned U21 European Radial Champion in Douarnenez, France, and Lough Derg's Aisling Keller, who are both competing at the Laser World Championships in Holland. 

Tokyo trialist Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club, who was so close to making Gold fleet at June's Kiel Week, is second to Lynch with three seconds and Royal Cork's Nick Walsh is third.  See the standard rig results here.

In much better turnouts in the 32–boat Radial, Walsh's club–mate Luke McGrath is tops with three firsts. Chris Bateman is second with Royal St. George's Patrick Cahill third. Read the Radial results here.

In the biggest fleet of the Championships, Jack Fahy of the Royal St.George YC also counts three wins to lead a 42–boat 4.7 fleet. Second is the National Yacht Club's Clare Gorman, and third is Kinsale YC's Michael Carroll. 4.7 results are here.

Also not competing in Cork Harbour is Olympic Laser Silver Medallist Annalise Murphy. Ireland's sailing star has a 'serious' knee injury that forced her withdrawal from Medemblik, but not it appears – as reported – from a passage from Portsmouth to Ireland on Nin O'Leary's Vendee Globe entry Hugo Boss next week. 

Meanwwhile, tonight's Irish Laser Class Association agm will be held at Royal Cork.

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Current Youth Sailing Champion Ewan McMahon may be in the superstar role in Irish junior sailing, but the Sutton, County Dublin family who sail out of Howth Yacht Club have a new wave of talent coming along. This was shown in strength at the UK Laser Open & Nationals 2017 which concluded this weekend across channel in Wales at Abersoch.

While there no doubting the weekend competition this side of the Irish Sea for Laser Leinster honours in Rush, there was also a strong Irish showing on the Llyn Peninsula.

Young Jamie MacMahon counted scoreline of first Radial Junior, first Junior boy, first Irish Radial boy, and seventh overall out of 74.

Meanwhile his sister Eve, was carving out her own line of success, which amounted to first Lady, first Junior girl, first Irish 4.7, and fourth overall in a feet of 49.

Full results. including all other Irish results here.

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East coast sailors emerged top of the three Laser divisions after a very tricky day at sea at the Rush Sailing Club hosted Leinster Championships writes our special correspondent.

Three races sailed bringing in a discard. Overall results, subject to protest, are downloadable below. 

2020 Olympic campaigner Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club, a former Topper World Champion, was the winner by four points of the 19–boat standard rig division when he overtook the host club's overinght leader Alan Ruigrok. 

In the Radial division, Wexford Boat Club's Ronan Wallace was the winner. The 4.7 division was won by Tom Higgins of the Royal St. George Yacht Club.

Today's breeze was shifty with very strong rain squalls. There was a good 15–18 knots of mean wind with gusts past 23-25 knots. There was a 'nasty' sea state and a swell, not the same direction as the breeze. A wind blown chop on top of the swell made it 'like a washing machine', according to one competitor.

Rush race management was generally good but a little bit slow between races, according to some sailors. Organisation ashore was excellent, however.

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The Irish Laser 4.7 ISA squad have arrived home from the World Championships in Belgium.

It proved to be a great learning experience for the Irish team many of whom were competing in their first international Laser event.

The wind conditions ranged from light to windy and the sailors had to contend with large sea's and strong tidal flows. Both girls qualified for the Gold fleet and produced strong overall results with Clare Gorman 16th overall and Eve McMahon 19th (8th under 16) in the fleet of 115 Girls.

Two of the boys, Tom Higgins and Michael O'Suilleabhain qualified for the gold fleet and both recorded top three individual race finishes, the highlight of which was Tom's win in race six.

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With a first overall for Aoife Hopkins of Howth, a second overall for Aisling Keller of Lough Derg, and a seventh overall for Sally Bell from Belfast Lough, Ireland has made pretty much of a clean sweep of the Laser Radial Under-21 Women’s Euros in Douarnenez writes W M Nixon.

Hopkins won it, with a trio of wins in yesterday’s packed schedule, and she comes home with just 10 points against her, having discarded a 3rd and a 4th to give her a scoreline of seven wins and a third.

Keller had a second and two thirds today, while Bell had a BFD, a sixth and eighth. With all of yesterday’s racing lost in a damp calm, it was a tense final day. But in a series which has seen everything from no wind at all up to the very edge of sailability with people racing among Atlantic breakers, it has ended on a real high for the Irish squad.

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Aoife Hopkins and Aisling Keller have strengthened Ireland’s dominance of the U21 Women’s Laser Radial Europeans at Douarnenez in Brittany today writes W M Nixon. With one race still to sail in the ten-race series, Hopkins has taken two more firsts to put her clear ahead on only 12 points (she discarded a 4th), while Keller logged a second and third and sits second overall on 21pts, with her discard being an 8th.

Third placed Clementine Thompson of GB is back on 32 points, so the two Irish sailors really have worked out a substantial breathing space. As for the rest of the Irish squad, Sally Bell has had best places of a 3rd and a 4th, and lies 7th overall on 48pts.

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Ireland’s Aoife Hopkins of Howth and Aisling Keller of Lough Derg hold the lead going into today’s final racing in the Laser U21 European Championship at Dournenez in Western Brittany writes W M Nixon.

The French race officers are hoping to squeeze in three races, as all of yesterday’s programme was lost to calm. This was in marked contrast to conditions earlier in the series, when the big southwest to west winds on Thursday - which caused the giant catamaran Spindrift 2 to call off her round Ireland challenge a hundred miles to the north as she approached Land’s End – were providing just-about-sailable conditions of 25 knots-plus-plus in Brittany, with a huge sea sweeping into the Baie de Douarnenez.

The Irish girls revelled in the conditions, with Hopkins in particular providing some great photo-ops in sailing which she said reminded her of what it’s like in a strong easterly back home at Howth. Not everyone else enjoyed it so much, but it gave Hopkins a lead of 10 points to the 14 of Keller, with the next-in-line, Clementina Thompson (GB) on 20 while Russia’s Marita Kislukhina is fourth on 23 with todays racing getting under way.

Conditions in Douarnenez are currently recorded as a moderate nor’wester, and the pressure is on at the front of the fleet.

howth seventeen breaker2A brisk easterly at Howth. The 1898-vintage Howth 17 Aura can’t quite fly like a Laser, but Aoife Hopkins says that sailing in conditions like this helped her to deal with the big seas off Douarnenez. Photo: Jaimie Blandford

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