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As Irish Laser sailors Annalise Murphy and Finn Lynch, both of the National Yacht Club, prepare for their first race of the Olympic regatta later today, the Olympic sailing venue saw 40 knots of wind blast out of nowhere and hit the sailing race track from the south-west. With sand whipping across Flamengo Beach, it was an eye-watering reminder that in Rio, you really do have to be prepared for anything. An Angolan 470 ventured out for some high-wind practice, but no one else was showing much interest. With less than 24 hours before the RS:X Men and Women kick off the Olympic Sailing Competition, along with the Laser and Laser Radial, this was not the right time in the four-year cycle for putting bodies and equipment in jeopardy.

Chang Hao is representing Chinese Taipei in the RS:X Men. "My plan was to go sailing today but the wind was too strong so I am just relaxing. I'll set up my equipment and go back to the apartment and take some rest. My first Olympics was 2008, when I was 17. This is my third Olympics, so I'm getting old. But I hope I can go to five Olympics, that's my dream. This time the sailing is close to the city, which is great. I hope i can go and watch other sports, the rugby, the cycling maybe.”

Later on in the afternoon the breeze dropped away to almost nothing. The calm after the storm. The forecast for Monday and the first day of competition looks favourable, with moderate winds and sunny skies on the cards. It could be a perfect way to get things started and calm the nerves after all the tension, the hype and the build-up to this hotly anticipated contest. For local fans in Rio, they will be watching Robert Scheidt open his campaign in the Laser. Can the poster boy (aged 43) of Brazilian sailing write a new chapter in Olympic history and win a record sixth medal?

Meanwhile, there are those looking to make their first mark on the Olympics, such as Alisa Kiriliuk, helming Russia's entry in the women's 470. "This is my first time at the Games but I am not too nervous. My father, Andrei, went to three Olympic Games in the Laser, Soling and Tornado. He is helping me very much. His message to me is: Don't be afraid, just smile, relax, have fun and do what you normally do.”

Arantza and Begoña Gumucio have been sailing together for most of their lives and now the sisters are sailing for Chile in the 49erFX. "It's incredible to be at our first Olympics, and we are loving every moment,” said Arantza. Begoña chimes in, "We're staying in the Olympic Village, sharing a room and soaking up the atmosphere. And when we're out on the water, the local fisherman shout out 'Chile, Chile!' This feels like a home Games for us, we have the South American connection with our friends in Brazil, so we are going to enjoy this a lot.”

For most teams, the first race can't come soon enough. The Nacra 17 fleet, however, is one of the last to start. One team that might be happy about that is the Greek duo of Sofia Bekatorou and Michalis Pateniotis. "We have been sailing together as a team for just four months, so we are still in our honeymoon period,” said Bekatorou of her young partnership with Michalis Pateniotis. Every moment on the water counts for the Greek duo who are being coached by Anton Paz, winner of a gold medal in the Tornado catamaran for Spain, at the 2008 Games. Bekatorou won gold in the 470 at Athens 2004 and bronze in the Yngling at Beijing 2008. Pateniotis has yet to win an Olympic medal. "Working with Sofia it is easy to see how she has achieved so much in her career,” says Pateniotis. "When she sets a goal, she goes all out to get it. We would have liked more time to get ready but we have worked hard for the short time we have been sailing together. We are as ready as we are going to be now.”

Giles Scott was good enough to win a medal four years ago at London 2012. But the Briton had to bide his time as Ben Ainslie was selected for his fifth Olympic Games. Great Britain has won the gold medal in the Finn going back to Iain Percy's victory in Sydney 2000, so there is a sense of expectation around Scott, the four-time World Champion. "For me this moment has been a long time coming, a long old road. In a way it's odd to be so close to it. We've done a lot of hard work to get to this point, and now I just want it to get started. I've done as much research as I can into what to expect, talking to people who have been to the Games before. As of now, it's been how I expected, with more media interest, the measurement and so on, but it feels quite comfortable. Today we have seen a lot of wind. It's a reminder that you could easily have two weeks of no wind and you could easily have two weeks of 20 knots, so you really do have to be ready for everything.”

No matter how much people tell you to try and treat the Olympics is 'just another regatta', Annette Viborg of Denmark believes it's just not possible. Sailing with Allan Norregaard in the Nacra 17 Mixed Multihull, Viborg commented, "The Olympics is even more crazy and mad than I expected. The regulations say that you can only go training at certain times. Everything is very tensed up before the Games. But we know that it's time to bring it on. Game time.”

Reportage by Andy Rice - World Sailing

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On tomorrow's final day, the KBC Laser Radial World Championship fleet will launch at 8am in an attempt to sail three more races. Dun Laoghaire's Royal St. George Yacht Club organisers are aiming for a first gun at 1000hrs, two hours ahead of schedule.

Racing on the penultimate day of the championship was abandoned today when the wind died, leaving the biggest regatta fleet in Ireland this year becalmed on Dublin Bay.

A number of races were started on both race courses but scrubbed when a fickle north–westerly breeze dropped from five knots to zero.

Since the regatta began on Monday, the boys fleet have sailed eight of a scheduled 12 races, the girls have sailed seven and the mens fleet nine.

The latest forecast is for westerly winds at 10mph at start time. No race may start after 1500hrs tomorrow.

Overall results are here

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350 Laser Radial sailors from 48 nations got wind in their sails at the KBC World Championships off Dun Laoghaire yesterday as the massive regatta passed its half way stage.

After three days of light winds at the Royal St. George YC hosted event it was all change today when fresh westerlies blew up ideal championship conditions of 15–20 knots and over on Dublin Bay.

Only 41 points separate the top ten sailors overall as the massive 229–boat boys fleet is split into gold, silver, bronze and emerald divisions for the final two days of the regatta.

Although protests were being heard last night and results are provisional, American Henry Marshall, ninth overall at the 2015 World Championships, leads the boys after eight races by a margin of eight nett points. Keeping Irish podium hopes on Saturday very much alive are two top ten performances from Howth's Ewan McMahon in second overall on 28 points and the host club's own Conor O'Beirne (current Irish youth champion) in seventh. Third overall is Britain's Daniel Whiteley who is ten points adrift of McMahon.

ewan mcmahonHowth Yacht Club sailor Ewan McMahon is lying second overall after eight races sailed. Photo: Afloat.ie

McMahon is seeking redress tonight after a double yellow flag kept him out of race six.

Five Irish boys have made it through to the gold fleet. As well as McMahon and O'Beirne, Royal Cork's Johnny Durcan (12th) and Liam Glynn (16th and Ronan Walsh (56th) are all in.

There is no doubt the regatta has so far served up conditions throughout the wind range as strong wind sailors finally got into their stride today but others had unexpectedly good results too.

Italian Paolo Giargia, who was fourth in last year's competition in Canada, said 'I'm not normally good in strong winds but today was my best day in Ireland so far, I scored a 10, 5 and 5 so I will make the gold fleet'.

Maud Van Olst (NED 207501) approaching the gybe mark of the sixth race in the Laser Radial Youth Girls World ChampionshipsMaud Van Olst (NED 207501) approaching the gybe mark of the sixth race in the Laser Radial Youth Girls World Championships. Photo: Gareth Craig

In the girls fleet, Norway's Caroline Rosmo took her first hit of the regatta under a black flag penalty in race six. She discards the result but still leads but only by two points from Australian Zoe Thomson on 35 points. Third is Croatia's Sandra Lulic on 66 with Dubliner Nicole Hemeryck one point back in fourth overall in the 76–boat fleet.

In the mens 42–boat fleet, after nine races sailed, Slovakia's Nik Pletikos on 44 points leads from
Poland's Marcin Rudawski on 48.0. Third is Brazil's Manzoli Lowy on 52 with Ireland's one time fleet leader Ronan Wallace fourth on 56 nett points.

Racing continues with two races tomorrow. Medium westerly winds are forecast.

Results are provisional here and subject to protest.

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Wexford Boat Club's Ronan Wallace leads the KBC Mens Laser Radial World Championships at the halfway stage at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In the boys division Howth Yacht Club's Ewan McMahon has produced a stand out performance after five races to be in third position in the biggest fleet of the competition.

In a consistent showing for the host nation entry, 27–year–old Wallace counts four top ten results on his scoresheet. He tops the international leaderboard but it couldn't be tighter as the Irish Moth sailor shares the same 36–points overall as second placed Nik Pletikos of Slovakia and Holland's Maarten Bastiaan Smit in the 42–boat fleet.

Early morning westerly breezes up to 19–knots on day three of the regatta allowed race officers to catch up on the race programme. There was praise across the dinghy park for the way the race management teams had persevered in the fickle winds since Monday.

'This is another great regatta in Dublin and I am enjoying sailing in these difficult conditions' said Croatia's Sven Stevanovic who counts a race win in his scoreline. Stevanovic is making a return trip to Dublin Bay having also competed at the Royal St. George Yacht Club when it staged the Optimist dinghy European Championships in 2014.

It was the same thumbs–up verdict from Brazil's Victor de Marchi who compared the venue to his home club, except there are 'no waves in Sao Paulo', he said.

Use of alternate marks, constant wind–moniotring and two nimble race management teams kept the championships on course again today despite the variable conditions.

It was another seven hour day on the water but it was a productive one that balanced the boys fleet races and by tea time each of the four boys fleets had sailed five qualifying races. Overall, the boys are led by American youth Henry Marshall who counts three race wins but Ireland's Ewan McMahon has four results in the top five and is discarding a seventh as the regatta enters its halfway stage for the boys divisions tomorrow. The host club's Conor O'Beirne took a race in race five yesterday afternnoon to put him in ninth place, the second Irish sailor in the top ten overall.

The girls fleet sailed three races today leaving them only two behind the full programme.

Laser Radial Girls Laser Radial Girls search for wind in Dun Laoghaire. Photo: Gareth Craig

Norway's 18–year–old Caroline Rosmo leads her 76–boat fleet with three race wins from four starts. The Oslo sailor explained her race strategy was all about staying on the high tack but she revealed a change of plan for race two when the wind swung into the east. 'For this race I decided it was the strong current [a two–knot flood tide] that was the dominant factor for me'. It is Rosmo's first time to lead at a world championships.

Top Irish girls are Dun Laoghaire's Nicole Hemeryck in 13th and Howth's Aoife Hopkins in 18th overall.

Racing continues tomorrow with a forecast for stronger winds. In a change to the sailing instructions, the race committee says it intends again to race three races back to back.

Results here are provisional and subject to protest.

Published in Laser

Catching up on the race programme is now the priority at the KBC Laser Radial Youth and Men’s World Championship after more races were lost to fickle winds on day two of the Dublin Bay championships  today.

Four races should have been completed in the 350–boat fleet at this stage but none of the boys four divisions, or the girls or men's fleets have sailed the full programme.

Of the two race courses operating, Course B's three fleets have sailed three races, Course A has sailed two and the girls fleet has only sailed one.

The boys fleet of 229 is by far the biggest and tomorrow (Wednesday) the race committee will ensure all four boys divisions have sailed the same number of races. 'It may mean starting some fleets earlier'', warned Dublin race officer Con Murphy, who officiates at the Rio Olympics next month.

Today's races were sailed again in shifting westerlies gusting up to 13–knots but the mean strength was as low as six or seven, just above the minimum permitted for racing.

It meant a long day on the water and back ashore there were some long faces at the Royal St. George Yacht Club inside Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

'That's about as tough as it gets' said Australian champion, 17–year–old, Finnian Alexander who is counting a 2, 25 and 10 so far. 'The breeze did 180 degree shifts and often the wind was 15 knots on one side of the course and five on the other'.

Alexander, from Sydney's Double Bay Sailing Club, said tactically he found it difficult to pick a side for the first windward leg and he said he was resigned to concentrating on just 'scraping through' the qualifying rounds that continue tomorrow.

Both courses were set in the north west of the bay, where evidently the best of any pressure lay. At 3pm when both green and red fleets of the boys divisions were started the breeze was as high as 13–knots from 240 degrees but within an hour it was blowing from the opposite direction.

For a time it looked like the young Australian's red fleet would get a second race and a course was being set but Alexander confirmed 'the race committee made the right call to cancel it' when the breeze went east.

Italy's Ducchi Nicola, racing in the green fleet, was equally cautious about the prospect of steady winds this week. Nevertheless, the Lake Garda sailor has put together a consistent early series of a 4, 7 and ten. 'I use my head in these difficult conditions. I make sure to look all over the course before I tack', he says.

Men's fleet competitor Abdulla Janahi, the sole Bahranian sailor, was leading today's single race but the wind shifted and he dropped to fourth. He says he lost two more places on a reaching leg and admits he lost two more on the line and finished ninth in his third race of the series to put him 13th overall.

Despite being afloat for seven hours, the girls 76–boat fleet had no results after their race was abandoned. The hard working race committee did all in its power, including laying two alternate marks, to save the race from the vagaries of the wind but it was to no avail.

Sailing instructions permit more than two races per day so it is likely organisers will move to sail multiple races tomorrow but this is subject to wind. Unfortunately, winds – again from the west – are currently forecast to be less than today.

Results here are provisional and subject to protest.

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Shifting winds, general recalls, black flag penalties and one abandoned race led to a drama–filled opening day at the 48–nation KBC Laser Radial Youth and Men’s World Championship on Dublin Bay, this afternoon.

Ireland, Croatia, USA and the Cayman Islands were four countries that made the most of the day's sub ten–knot breezes, each winning a race in their respective divisions of the 229–boat boys fleet.

But for all the on–the–water success of the day, there were also plenty of sailors seeking improvements tomorrow.

Sailors tackled offshore winds gusting up to 12–knots but sometimes the fickle summer breeze was as low as three knots.

Winds from anywhere between 225 and 300 degrees were strong enough to keep the dinghies moving through the small chop and tide but there was little opportunity for hiking. Upwind, the fastest sailors sought the strongest lines of pressure coming off the shore. Downwind, the on–the water umpires were active, with 28 rule 42 penalties for rocking and pumping infringements.

Back ashore, at the Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire harbour, the youth sailors gave their first impressions of the Dublin race track.

'The winds are too shifty and the water is too cold! I'm going to have to learn how to sail all over again in this place', joked Israeli green fleet sailor Yam Lauber who counted a 21.

Course area B, under Rio appointed Olympic Race officer Con Murphy, completed its full programme but London 2012 Race Officer Jack Roy on course A was forced to abandon all three fleets half way through the second race when there was a major wind shift.

'This bay's a good place to sail but the shifts are random. I'd a good first race but let's not talk about the second', said Great Britain's Arthur Brown from Royal Burnham YC on the river Crouch.

But Spain's Rafael de la Hoz Tuells, who scored two second places in the boys blue fleet, appears – by today's result at least – to have mastered Dublin's notoriously difficult westerlies.
'I sailed today by concentrating on the clouds and following the wind', said the number two Spanish sailor from Murcia.

In home nation news, Connacht champion Ewan McMahon from Howth Yacht Club was a race winner in the blue division and after the first qualifying race in the girl's fleet, his club–mate Aoife Hopkins was 13th from 76.

The first race of the girls fleet was won by Norway's Caroline Rosmo. There was no second race result available at the time of publication.

In the mens division, Ireland's Ronan Wallace had a race win, the other race of the day in the 42–boat fleet was won by Martin Manzoli Lowy of Brazil.

Racing continues with two more qualifying races tomorrow. Similar westerly winds are forecast.

Results HERE are provisional and subject to protest.

Published in Laser

The volunteer team at the Royal St. George Yacht Club has released a pre-event video for next week's 2016 Laser Radial Worlds at Dun Laoghaire. See the video below. An intense two weeks of Laser action kicked off on Dublin Bay last Saturday when the National Yacht Club staged the Laser Leinster Championships. The 52–boat radial division, was won by Royal Cork Yacht Club's Johnny Durcan, a boost for the Munster youth who will head up a large Irish contingent on July 23rd.

 

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Royal Cork Yacht Club youth sailor Johnny Durcan will lead Irish hopes going into the KBC sponsored Laser Radial Boys World Championships on Dublin Bay in a weeks time having won the Leinster Laser title at the National Yacht Club today by an eight–point margin. Durcan, who did not finish the first race on Saturday morning, was never out of the top three in the rest of the six–race series.

It was a close run thing at the top of the 52–boat Radial fleet with 2013 Topper World Champion Liam Glynn from Ballyholme second, finishing on the the same 18 points as Howth Yacht Club's Ewan McMahon, the winner of May's Belgian round of the Laser Europa Cup. Top girl was Nicole Hemeryck of the host club in seventh place.

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In the 26–boat standard rig, another Cork sailor also took the honours as 2016 Olympic trialist Fionn Lyden from Baltimore Sailing Club lead home Jonatan Vadnai of Ballyholme Yacht Club. Ryan Glynn was third.

4.7 division honours went to Kinsale Yacht Club's Michael Carroll. Second in the 24–boat feet was Ros Morgan of Rush Sailing Club with Howth Yacht Club's Daniel Hopkins third. Download the results below.

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As Irish youth sailors continue to perform on the international competition circuit, the Royal St. George Yacht Club has announced the host nation will boast the largest fleet at July's KBC–sponsored Laser Radial World Championships on Dublin Bay. Top Irish youth radial sailor Ewan McMahon emerged as the winner of May's Belgium round of the Laser Europa Cup. The Howth YC sailor, who is one of Ireland's leading hopes for the KBC championships topped a 50–boat fleet in Nieuwpoort. Country man Johnny Durcan of Royal Cork Yacht Club was third overall. Full results from the May 14–16 event are downloadable below. It's only the latest youth success with Durcan in the top ten in a massive fleet in April and Aoife Hopkins on the podium in Holland early last month.

Yet another Europa Cup podium result bodes well for Irish chances in Dun Laoghaire in eight week's trime (preview here) as the latest entries reveal 45 countries and 335 sailors are now confirmed for the Royal St. George event with still two weeks to close of entry. It will be Ireland's biggest sailing event in 2016 that is hosted jointly by the east coast port and the yacht club. 

'There are 480 places available in the youths and mens radial world championships and with two months to the first race on Dublin Bay, we've 70% of the entries already in', event chairman David Kelly told Afloat.ie

The top ten squads are from Ireland, then the UK, Italy, France, Netherlands, Australia, United States, Spain, Croatia and Switzerland.

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Ireland's next generation of Olympic sailors – male and female – will be in action on Dublin Bay in three months time when 400 of the world's top youth helms compete for the 2016 KBC Laser Radial World Championships.

Strong Irish performances abroad are giving rise to local hopes that the landmark dinghy event could bring further Irish Under 18 success this summer.

In the boys division, Ballyholme Yacht Club's Liam Glynn, Howth YC's Ewan McMahon, Irish youth champion Conor O'Beirne of the host port plus Johnny Durcan of Royal Cork Yacht Club are top ranked sailors that form part of a 30–strong Irish contingent.

In the girl's division, with 63 entries from 22 countries, another Howth youngster Aoife Hopkins, a former Olympic trialist for Rio, will be a leading Irish hope in a team of six that also includes Irish youth champion Nicole Hemeryck of the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, a new template for sailing events on the capital's waters, the biggest sailing event in the country this year, will be jointly hosted by Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company and the Royal St. George Yacht Club. Over 30 nations will compete and any Irish challenge for the world titles faces stiff competition.

Six of the top ten boys from the 2015 championships in Canada are signed up for the Dublin Bay regatta. This includes talented Australian youth champion Conor Nicholas, who travels to Dublin to defend his world title. Nicholas, a double national champion from Perth, leads a ten–strong Australian team that also includes top ten finisher from 2015, Finnian Alexander. A past 4.7 rig world champion, Nicholas has ambitions to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Italy are also on form with fourth and fifth placed Paolo Giargia and Umbreto Varbero returning to the fray as part of an 11–boat Italian squad.

Howth's McMahon, finished top Irish sailor at the 2015 Championships when he placed 18th overall. Northern Ireland's Glynn, a former Topper class world champion, finished 21st.

As well as these strong gold fleet performances, the young Irish sailors are also credited with some other strong international results over the past 12 months, heightening the prospect of a top Irish placing on home waters from July 23–30.

McMahon only narrowly missed out on the boy's European (under 17) Laser Radial title in Portugal last year and in April this year, Royal Cork Yacht Club's Johnny Durcan took a top ten at the massive Laser Eurocup event in Hyeres, France.

Last weekend, Aoife Hopkins scored an impressive Europacup victory in Hoorn, Holland. Hopkins was overall winner of the women's fleet at the weekend and best under–19. It wasn't the only Dutch performance from the Irish youths either. Liam Glynn was third in the under–19 boys fleet.

Looking back at the archives, Ireland has previous success at World Radial youth level. Seven years ago, Wexford's Philip Doran took the Under – 17 world championship title in Japan. A year earlier he won the Under 16–title. In that same year, 2009, and at the same venue, Annalise Murphy, then aged 19, won the Under 21–world title. These results have subsequently been followed by three youth world sailing medals in the past four years, putting Irish youth sailing achievements at an all time high.

On the Irish circuit, after a blown out Munster Laser championships in West Cork earlier in March, the combined 30–boats that make up the Irish Radial team were racing again at a breezy edition of the Ulster championships in County Antrim in late April. In a nip and tuck battle, Ulster man Glynn finished ahead of McMahon for the Radial provincial title. Royal Cork's Johnny Durcan was third.

The next events on the Irish circuit are the Connaught Championships at Lough Derg Yacht Club, in Co. Tipperary on July 2. The Leinster Championships at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire is a fortnight later on July 16, just a week ahead of the World Championships at the same port.

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