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Irish 'Black Seal' Crew Poised for Swan 36 Victory in Sardinia Challenge

4th June 2022
Dun Laoghaire bowman Will Byrne from the National Yacht Club, North Sails sailmaker Nigel Young from Royal Cork and Watch Captain, Kinsale ex-pat, Jeremy Elliott lead the Swan 36 sailing on Richard Thompson's Black Seal
Dun Laoghaire bowman Will Byrne from the National Yacht Club, North Sails sailmaker Nigel Young from Royal Cork and Watch Captain, Kinsale ex-pat, Jeremy Elliott lead the Swan 36 sailing on Richard Thompson's Black Seal Credit: Stefano Gattini/Swan 36

The Irish crewed Swan 36 Black Seal continues its lead in an eight boat fleet in the final day of racing at the Swan Sardinia Challenge.

Skippered by Richard Thompson of Guernsey, Black Seal has a ten-point margin over Monaco's  Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio after eight races sailed at Marina di Villasimius. 

National Yacht Club bowman Will Byrne, North Sails sailmaker Nigel Young from Royal Cork and Kinsale ex-pat Jeremy Elliott, in the role of Black Seal's Watch Captain, had a win and a fourth win races seven and eight yesterday with two races left to sail.

Based in the Marina di Villasimius on the tip of Sardinia's southeast coast, the Swan Sardinia Challenge has attracted a fleet of almost 30 one-design Swan yachts across three classes – the renowned Swan 45s, the ultra-modern ClubSwan 36s and what will be the season's largest gathering of the high-performance ClubSwan 50s – between them flying the flag for at least 12 countries.

Results here

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