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uly will see three significant milestones and firsts in Irish match racing. The month starts with the first Irish team to enter the World University Match Racing Championships in Crete on the 5-11th. On the 20-26th a team from Howth Yacht Club will take on the under 21s Governers Cup in Newport Beach, California. The Royal St George Yacht Club will run the first Ireland vs The World match between 6 Irish and 6 International teams on the 24th and 25th.
The World University Match Racing Championships is now in it’s 5th year attracting teams from all the European countries in which match racing is well established together the USA and Singapore. The Irish Universities Sailing Association is sending over a team based around the DIT team that dominated this winter team racing and won the IUSA Student Match Racing Championships. Marty O’Leary will skipper the team with Simon Rattigan at sheet hand, Richard Bruton at Pit & Trim and Teddy Byrne on the bow. The team have had access to Flour O’Droscols J24 in the run up to the event and took part in the Leinster Match Racing Open, placing 4th.

In it’s 44th year the under 21 Governors Cup is run by Balboa Yacht Club and is seen a major indicator of up and coming keelboat talent. Previous winners include the likes of Terry Hutchinson and the keelboat development programs in the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand all send teams. Currently in New Zealand attending the Royal New Zealand Yacht Club Sailing Academy Ryan Scott has entered the event under the burgee of Howth Yacht Club. Codie Banks and Daniel Pooley make up the rest of the team.
As this will be the first time that Irish teams have attended these events it’s difficult to gauge how well they will do. As these are certainly events that Irish teams will do again in future bringing home the experience and what it will take to succeed in future will be as important as the result.
Coinciding with the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures the Ireland vs The World international sailing challenge will be the flagship event of the Irish match racing calendar. World No. 2 Misrky Racing will captain an international side made up of teams from France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, England and Gurnsey. The Irish team will be captained by Irish No. 1 John Sheehy and will be made up of 3 teams from the Irish Match Racing Tour and 3 from qualifying events to be held over the next week.
The two sides look well balanced and at this stage it is anyones guess who will win.

July will see three significant milestones and firsts in Irish match racing. The month starts with the first Irish team to enter the World University Match Racing Championships in Crete on the 5-11th.

On the 20-26th a team from Howth Yacht Club will take on the under 21s Governers Cup in Newport Beach, California.

The Royal St George Yacht Club will then run the first Ireland vs The World match between six Irish and six International teams on the 24th and 25th.

The World University Match Racing Championships is now in its fifth year, attracting teams from all well-established European match racing countries and the USA and Singapore. The Irish Universities Sailing Association is sending a team based around the DIT team that dominated this winter team racing and won the IUSA Student Match Racing Championships. Marty O’Leary will skipper the team with Simon Rattigan at sheet hand, Richard Bruton at Pit & Trim and Teddy Byrne on the bow. The team have had access to Flor O’Driscoll's J24 in the run up to the event and took part in the Leinster Match Racing Open, placing fourth.


In its 44th year the under-21 Governors Cup is run by Balboa Yacht Club and is seen a major indicator of up and coming keelboat talent. Previous winners include the likes of Terry Hutchinson and the keelboat development programs in the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand all send teams. Currently in New Zealand attending the Royal New Zealand Yacht Club Sailing Academy, Ryan Scott has entered the event under the burgee of Howth Yacht Club. Codie Banks and Daniel Pooley make up the rest of the team.


As this will be the first time that Irish teams have attended these events it’s difficult to gauge how well they will do. As these are certainly events that Irish teams will do again in future bringing home the experience and what it will take to succeed in future will be as important as the result.


Coinciding with the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures the Ireland vs The World international sailing challenge will be the flagship event of the Irish match racing calendar. World Number Two, Misrky Racing, will captain an international side made up of teams from France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, England and Gurnsey. The Irish team will be captained by Irish Number One John Sheehy and will be made up of three teams from the Irish Match Racing Tour and three from qualifying events to be held over the next week.


The two sides look well balanced and at this stage it is anyone's guess who will win.

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Andrew Fowler and Team Lazarus won the Weir & Sons Leinster Match Racing Open held by the Royal Irish Yacht Club over the weekend, the second event win in a row for the Royal St George sailor.

Mixed weather conditions led to racing being held outside the harbor and by the end of day one Fowler had pulled out into what had turned out to be a decisive lead with six wins. Having missed the previous leg of the Tour 2009 Tour Champion John Sheehy got off to a difficult start and defeats to Fowler, Marty O'Leary and Laura Dillon left his Royal St George team on 4 wins. O'Leary and Sam Hunt filled joint second on 5 wins each.
As normal racing moved up a gear on the second day a strong come back from Sheehy, with 7 wins out of 7, was only enough to claw back into 2nd. With only 1 loss to John, Team Lazarus closed out the event to maintain their pole position in the tour rankings.
The Leinsters formed an unofficial indicator event for the Ireland vs The World event to be hosted by the Royal St George Yacht Club on the 24th and 25th of July. Mirsky Racing, the worlds no. 2 match racing team, will be in Dublin to captain a World team consisting of world top 100 ranked teams from Australia, New Zealand, England, the USA and Switzerland. These six teams will take on 6 Irish teams to be selected and captained by John Sheehy.
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The Final Placing were as follows:

1st - Team Lazarus (Andrew Fowler, Tim Goodbody, Guy O'Leary and Rory Fitzpatrick) 12 wins
2nd - Royal St George Yacht Club (John Sheehy, Rory O'Sullivan, Paddy Kirwan and Nick Smith) 11 wins
3rd - Sam Hunt (Sam Hunt, Richie Murphy, Paddy Blackely and John Downey) 10 wins
4th - Marty O'Leary (Marty O'Leary, Richard Bruton, Nicholas O'Leary and Simon Doran) wins
5th - Aiden McLaverty (Aiden McLaverty, Ross Hamilton, Alister Kissane and Darragh Kinsella) wins
6th - Casey Racing (Conal Casey, Graham Elms, Simon Mitton and Ronan Hannon) 4 wins
7th - Team Dillon (Laura Dillon, Geraldine Eickhold, Kevin Johnson, Rebecca Killian and John White) 3 wins
8th Alex Barry (Alex Barry, Sandy Remmington, Patrick Good, and Cian Martin) 2 wins

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The Weir & Sons Leinster Match Racing Open, to be hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club on June 12th and 13th, looks like it will see a real influx of talent from the college team racing scene. Rick Morris caught up with Marty O’Leary.

 

IUSA Student Match Racing Champ, captain of the dominant DIT team on the student team racing circuit, on the winning team at the ITRAs and quarters at UKTRA and the Wilson. That’s some year already before the rest of us have got the boat in the water. I know you’re a pretty laid back guy but you must be pretty happy?

 

Ah yeah, fairly happy alright, I have been very lucky with the standard of sailors that I have been able to race with, both with DIT and the George team. The IUSA circuit is also brilliant craic, doesn’t matter if your winning or losing, there is 200 - 250 students competing in each event, with them kind of figure you cant go wrong.

 

The Royal St. George has great ties with West Kirby Sailing club too, which has helped us greatly, as we have been able to train and compete in both the Wilson and the UKTRA's which were held in West Kirby.

 

DITs support towards sailing has also been great awarding 4 or 5 sports scholarships last year alone to the Sailing club and lots of funding and support on top of this too.

 

We’re pretty keen to have people coming out of team racing and into match racing in their early to mid 20s. Aiden McLaverty did the Dublin Open and should stay on Tour and now you are having a crack at the World University Match Racing Champs and entering the Match Racing Tour for the Leinster Open. How can we help make the link between the two disciplines seamless?

 

Yeah its good to see Students entering it as helms, a lot of the crews are made up of students who regularly team race. DIT are sending us over to compete in the Word University match Racing Champs in Crete in July, so it would be mad not to go. The Leinsters will be used to get some training in and learn as much as we can.

 

As it is now, you have John Sheehy, Nick Smith, Andrew Fowler, Conal Cassey, Graham Elms and a few others all on the Tour regularly; these have all done a lot of team racing. The problem isn’t to do with ability. Maybe some lower grade events should be run, grade four or five that teams can progress together just like the above teams did last year. It can be very hard to enter the Tour when everyone is that much further ahead of you already.

 

That looks to be something the clubs with access to the J80s are starting to do. Lough Derg has the Portroe Cup, the Irish are talking about a similar event and there will be an evening of match racing at Howth later this month. May be you’ll see some space open up on the Tour as the better teams move on to do more grade 3 events here and abroad too. Cost is the other thing we need to keep working on. It sounds like things are getting interesting with the development of team racing too. Munster has a really strong thing going on through the schools. Tell us what’s going on at the George?

 

There is alot of team racing going on during the summer in the George, Tuesday night leagues where you just arrive with ur crew and are assigned a team for the night should be up and running again last year after having around 20 full crews each week last year.

 

Oppies are doing some 4 boat team racing too most likely on Wednesdays coached by myself and a few of the other older team racers. We also ran a 2 week team racing course last year in that was a uge success so maybe that will be repeated again.

 

And we hope the get the George Invitational back up and running, this was the Irish Version of the Wilson Trophy, maybe not as big as the Wilson is now, but same idea, with many teams coming overseas to compete in it, so hopefully we will get that up and running again.

 


 

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Confirmation has been received from  Dun Laoghaire Harbour  that the Irish Match Racing has the green light to hold the Weir & Sons Leinster Match Racing Open in side Dun Laoghaire harbour. So with plenty of wind shifts to contend with and a constrained starting area it’s likely that racing will be extremely tight with plenty of boat on boat action.

Arrangements are still being made for a live PA commentary. After the grand job he did with the Howth Club Champion of Champions event we are hoping Noal Davidson will come down to MC and do a live Internet feed of the event. The hope is to beam this back to the Royal Irish with racing shown on big screens in the bar all day. Together with a pig roast on the Saturday evening there should be some buzz around the club.

Weir & Sons of Grafton Street have kindly agreed to provide prizes. We’re not sure that they will quite stretch to the Rolex we asked for but having this kind of support for the event does mean that we can properly recognise the contribution of all the sailors to the success of their teams. North Sails Ireland will still be absent from the Leinsters and a clash with the SB3 Northern means that MadMatch Racing will away. How ever John Sheehy and the Royal St George machine will be back in action and no doubt eager to reassert their authority after Team Lazarus moved to the top of the Tour rankings following the Investwise Dublin Match Racing Open.

UK National Youth Champions Team Echo Racing will also be back for another crack as will Casey Racing, Cross Community Alliance, Mahon Racing and Team O’Loughlin. Alex Barry returns to the 2010 Tour for the first time since a strong 3rd place showing at last years Leinsters and it will be interesting to see how he goes but the real interest is in how the two teams coming from this years all conquering George Gladiators team racing team will fair.

Marty O’Leary and Sam Hunt have had a tremendous start to 2010, taking the National team racing title and placing strongly at the UK championships and the Wilson Trophy. The Leinsters will not only see them pitted against each other but also against the skipper who’s team they where part of on the 2009 Tour, none other than John Sheehy.

Published in Boating Fixtures

John Sheehy remains Ireland's top-ranked match racer, jumping twelve slots in the international rankings to 73rd in the world. Closing the gap considerably, clubmate Andrew Fowler's win in the most recent Investec Dublin Match Racing Open takes him 55 places higher to 164th, with North Sails helm Maurice O'Connell moving from 285th in the world to number 190, a jump of 95 ranking places.

The Irish rankings can be seen in full here.

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A Royal St George YC team will be the sole Irish representatives at the Royal Thames YC Cumberland Cup, the oldest perpetual trophy in yacht racing, with racing kicking off today at Queen Mary SC. The event is a two-boat team racing event sailed in J80s with the home team, Royal Thames, the current holders. The RSGYC team, headed up by John Sheehy and Nick Smyth, will face off against teams from Australia, Monaco, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The Cumberland Cup dates back to 1775 and was established some 76 years before the America’s Cup

Two-boat team racing is best known in Ireland through the 'random pairs' format, where the team with a boat in last place loses the race. The result is highly tactical and combative, aggressive sailing, with the final beat to the finish line becoming particularly frantic.

Sheehy and Smyth come off a weekend that saw the pair finish in the last eight at the presitigous Wilson Team Racing Trophy in West Kirby SC, and Sheehy is also Ireland's top-ranked match racer at present.

Racing kicks off this morning, and you can catch some glimps of the action on the reservoir on their website's live webcam.

ROYAL THAMES CUMBERLAND CUP

 

 

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Andrew Fowler took his first win in a truncated weekend of match racing, dominating a light and tricky Sunday of racing in Howth Yacht Club for the Investwise.ie Dublin Match Race Open. With Saturday's sailing canned due to high winds and heavy seas, the event was shortened to just a single day of racing and a single round robin for the nine teams ahead of the final.

Sunday brought blue skies and never more than 13 knots, and the crews spent almost ten hours on the water in the ISA Sailfleet J80s to get one full round robin in, with each boat sailing eight races. With reigning champion John Sheehy away racing the Wilson Trophy in England, the pressure was on Andrew Fowler and his team as top-ranked Irish entry, with UK helm Mark Lees and his crew of Roddy Lacey, Toby Mumford and Matt Reid another team to watch.

Fowler and Team Lazarus (Brendan Faffiani, Guy O'Leary and Dave McHugh on main) duly delivered, sailing an immaculate round robin to finish the series without dropping a single race. The Howth MadMatch team, skippered by Ben Duncan followed in second on their home turf, dropping just two races, pushing UK visitors Team Echo into third on equal points with another home sailor, Laura Dillon.

The next event on the circuit will be the Leinster Match Racing Open, hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club on June 12 & 13.

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