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#lasersailing – This weekend Ballyholme Yacht Club will have five sailors at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Dziwnów, Poland - Tim Brow, Sarah Eames, Suzanne Flannigan, Sorcha Donnelly, and current Topper World Champion Liam Glynn. Laura Gilmore from SLYC and Gary Fekkes from EABC are also competing as part of a 15 boat Irish team that includes ISAF youth world silver medallist, Seafra Guilfoyle from Royal Cork.

It has been a busy summer for the young sailors from Bangor - Sarah has just finished competing in the ISAF Youth Worlds in Portugal, while Liam and Sarah competed in the European Youth Laser Radial Championships at the beginning of July when both Sarah and Liam won individual races. This is Liam Glynn's first season in the Laser Radial having stepped up from the Topper dinghy last summer when he won all the Irish provincial and national titles and followed this up by being the first Irish sailor to win the Topper World Championships in France. The Irish team are looking forward to many more top results after Royal Cork sailor Seafra Guilfoyle won the Silver medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Laser Radials in Portugal, coached by Ballyholme YC's Russell McGovern.

More details of the Laser Radial Youth World Championships can be found here

Before they left, four of the Ballyholme YC World Laser Radial Youth Squad got together to help launch the Irish Laser National Championships which are being hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club from 28-31st August 2014. The Laser National Championships includes all 3 versions of the Laser dinghy - Standard, Radial and 4.7. The hull is the same for all versions, the sail and rig is smaller for the Radial and 4.7 which attracts ladies and youths. Ballyholme YC has one of the largest Standard and Radial fleets in Ireland and the championships hope to attract 130 boats over the 3 fleets. Some sailors have already expressed interest to travel from GB to race in what should be a very competitive event.

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#laser – Inspite of four top ten results, Schull's Fionn Lyden is just shy of a top ten place at the U21 Laser Standard European Championship on Lake Garda in Italy.

Lyden is counting a 9, 3, 8 and a 5 is in 11th overall. The West Cork sailor was runaway winner of the 2012 Junior All Ireland title and also an accomplishd team racer.

The event sees a fleet of 167 representing 26 countries battle it out for the Standard and Radial European titles.

Under 21 Radial champion Finn Lynch was fourth in race one but a yellow flag in Race 2 proved costly. The National Yacht Club sailor is 25th with scores of 4 (34) 11 20

Racing continues at Circolo Vela Torbole until Saturday. 

More results here


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#lasersailing – Current Topper World Champion Liam Glynn from Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor has won Race four of the European Youth Laser Radial Championship at Egaa Sailing Club, Aarhus in Denmark.

Liam won the Topper World Championship in France last summer as well as every national and provincial event in Ireland. This is his first international event in the single-handed Laser Radial class - a smaller sail version of the Laser which features in the Olympics.

Ten years ago Ballyholme Yacht Club hosted the European Laser Youth Radials in Bangor which has lead to a huge growth in local Laser sailing especially among the juniors. The Laser Radial has a smaller sail compared to the Laser class - an Olympic class and the largest dinghy class in the worlds. Ballyholme Yacht Club's James Espey represented Ireland at the London Olympics in 2012 and is currently campaigning towards 2016 in Brazil.

Ballyholme Yacht Club will host the Irish Laser National Championship on 28-31st August. Poster attached for download below as a PDF document.

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#laserforsale – A vintage 1977 example of one of the most popular single-handed dinghy designs in the world is for sale on Afloat boats for sale site at €950. Fully equipped and with top cover this Laser dinghy (Sail number 43338) is ready to sail away, according to seller Michael, who also offers delivery for a modest fee. Click for more details and specification on this retro Laser for sale.

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#olympicsailing – There appears to be little chance of a successful Irish defence of the women's Laser European radial title in Croatia this week. Annalise Murphy's scoresheet after five races places her in 60th overall from 92 competitors, relegating her to silver fleet competition for the rest of the event. 

Winds have been light and shifty, not the conditions favoured by Ireland's breeze queen who shot to European success on home waters in near gale conditions last September. 

A better breeze arrived for the third day of the Laser Europeans in Split yesterday. Still shifty, but the strength was better, 10 to 14 knots. Two races for all fleets, without waiting, a really great day, last day of the qualifiers. A summer storm forced the race committee to call it a day after two races, they had to send the fleet home.

Annalise ends the qualifiers with 35,32,19, 26 and 20 and can only look on at the consistency of  top performers Germany's Svenga Weger (1,4,2,1,4) and Holland's Marit Boumeester (2,2,2,3,2) first and second respectively.

Ireland's Erica Ruigrok lies near Murphy in 63rd. 

In the men's class Robert Scheidt (BRA) sits on the top of the leaderboard. Only one point seperates Scheidt and Tonci Stipanović (CRO) in the second place, who is the leader for the European title. Ireland's James Espey, the London 2012 representative, is 80th in a fleet of 132.

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#laser – Royal Cork's Nick Walsh was the winner of the 31–boat Laser Master Championships sailed on Dublin Bay at the weekend. With four race wins to his credit, the Cork Harbour sailor was seven points clear of runner up Dan O'Connell after six races sailed.

Every championship regatta is a network of many moving parts that organisers pray will mesh neatly on the day. The biggest moving part in our sport of sailing is of course the weather and over this we have no control. In the RIYC on Friday morning after five months of planning the 2014 LogMein Laser Masters Championship began to grind into action. As boats were being branded with sponsor decals a perfect breeze under a clear sky kicked in. Suddenly it appeared as if the whole thing just might work.

Saturday morning dawned the same as Friday, overcast skies and a pleasantly warm air temperature. By 11am the weather pattern was repeating itself as clouds burnt off, a blue sky revealed itself and thank you thank you thank you the first zephyrs of breeze began to appear in the flags on the mast above the RIYC forecourt.

Boats arrived all morning from the major Laser sailing centres of Cork and Ballyholme though the turnout from closer fleets like Howth was very disappointing for the organisers. Local sailors didn't need to bring their boats to the RIYC and launched from their own clubs. This gave the visiting sailors in the RIYC extra breathing room on the deck and during launching and recovery which at a Laser event can sometimes be a hectic experience.

Out on the Race Course PRO Henry Leonard and his team setup in the pre-chosen race area located in the western area of Seapoint Bay. The Lasers had opted for for this race area weeks earlier in discussions with DBSC to make sure all of the fleets racing in the bay at the weekend could co-exist peacefully. It's good to talk.

Race 1 was set off in a light southerly 6-8kts. To compete in this regatta you must be over 35 so this was perfect to get the Masters sailors limbered up gently. Nick Walsh (Master, over 45) from Cork set the early tempo and opened his account with a runaway bullet on the excellent Inner Loop Trapezoid course.

Race 2 saw Nick post another bullet in slightly fresher conditions of 10-12kts and he completed a remarkable hat-trick in Race 3 as the wind again clicked up and topped out at 12-14kts. He couldn't have scripted his day, neither could the organisers have scripted how their day was going.

As the sailors began the long haul back from the race course, on the deck of the RIYC the barbecue was being readied. By 4.30pm the forecourt of the RIYC was alive with Laser Masters and the group was bolstered as the local guys from the RStG and NYC arrived. The Laser Masters is a friendly fleet.

Rugby was next on a lot of the Masters minds, it served as a neat interlude and a few hours to relax before the fleet mustered in the RIYC for what was billed as the Master Class Steak Dinner. Gareth McGinty and his Dining Room A-Team in the RIYC took the concept of Master Class to heart and quite simply put on an amazing dinner.

Well known Laser Coach Thomas Chaix, defending his Masters Title, had generously agreed to lend his set of race trackers to the event. After coffee the sailors retired to the bar for replays of the days racing on the big screen. The event cogs we're still moving smoothly as day one merged into day two.

On Sunday morning sailors launched an hour earlier into a steady 10-12kt breeze still largely from the same Southerly direction. Henry Leonard set up shop closer to the harbour and using a slightly shorter course than the Saturday. This planning ensured that the prizegiving in the club would be on time which in turn meant that visiting sailors could get de-rigged and back on the road in a timely manner. Masters sailors are not getting any younger either so there were no complaints.

Nick didn't get it all his own way on the race course. Local sailor Theo Lyttle took a big lead on the first beat of Race 4 and held on to bag himself a bullet, a popular win amongst all the competitors. In Race 5 Nick got another win and could probably have started to relax a little. With this sort of form he was headed for a tidy scoreline. Thomas Chaix finally found his mojo in Race 6 to seal a win and that was it for the sailing.

Back on shore Laser Fleet stalwart Ron Hutchieson busily did the maths in the back room. He didn't even need all his fingers to count up Nick's final tally of 9 points. Second place went to Apprentice Dan O'Connell who sailed a quiet, neat and tidy regatta. In third was another Apprentice Roger O'Gorman visiting from Cork. First Grand Master was Chris Arrowsmith. For the full results broken down by the master Categories, Apprentice, Master and Grand Master see PDF below.

Prizes were presented by current RIYC Commodore James Horan who took a great interest in the whole Masters concept and was delighted to be addressing a dinghy event in the RIYC. As the thanks were wrapping up sponsor LogMeIn got a deserved big round of applause for their generous contribution to the event and then old Laser friends were saying goodbye one more time. The talk shifted immediately to the next event on the regional calendar, "..see you in Lough Derg for the Connaughts on Jun 28th?"

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#lasersailing – Four race wins from six sailed at the Ulster Laser Championships at East Antrim Boat Club gave 2016 Olympic contender Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club a clean sweep of the 15–boat standard fleet. It's the 17–year–old's second regional title this season he picked up Munster honours at Baltimore a month ago.  

In the 15–boat radial division, youth national champion Seafra Guilfoyle of Royal Cork went one better to seal the title with five race wins.

In the 4.7s, there was a similar domination as Guilfoyle's club mate Johnny Durcan took four wins. His twin brother, Harry, was also in winning form at the weekend at the Optimist Connaughts.

Full results are available to download below. 

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#lasermasters – Defending Champion Thomas Chaix will be back on Dublin Bay to defend his 2014 Irish Laser Masters Championships along with other confirmed entries from Howth, Malahide, Cork and Ballyholme. The local Bay fleet aims to muster a strong contingent too so it's shaping up to be great event, according to organiser Paul Keane.

Racing will able available in standard, radial and 4.7 rigs. Sailors must be over 35 on the first day of the event.

The event is hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC) on the 31st May and the 1st June.

Live fleet tracking is promised and Saturday's après race BBQ is included in the entry fee for the LogMeIn–sponsored event. More details can be found here.

According to the International Laser class, Masters racing is broken into four age divisions: Apprentice (35-44 years old), Master (45-54 years old), Grand Master (55-64 years old) and Great Grand Master (65+). At the highly competitive but very fun World Championships racing against competitors is only in one age division but elsewhere racing can be an all in affair.


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#youthsailing – Fresh from his significant 15th overall a week ago at the Laser Europa Cup in Marseille, Royal Cork's Seafra Guilfoyle took a three point lead after the initial three races in today's opening rounds of the youth national championships off Howth. Guilfyole has a 3, 1, 1 putting him in pole position ahead of Kinsale's Ross O'Sullivan and Royal Cork club mate Cian Byrne, who were also competing in France.

420 dinghy locals Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove won the first two races and finished second in the final race of the day in the double–handed class. They lead Royal Cork's Harry Whitaker & Grattan Roberts and Peter McCann & Arran Walsh.

Full results here.

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#baltimoresc – West Cork's Baltimore Sailing Club has been redeveloped over the winter months thanks to the support of the West Cork Development Partnership and the generosity of members and local businesses. 

The new club house and Comoodore Joan Collins welcomed its first event at the weekend when regular visitors, the Irish Laser Class sailed for Munster honours.

Commenting on the first event in the newly renovated facilities, Commodore Collins said: 'We are delighted to host the Lasers again. The Easter weekend in Baltimore is a stable in the Laser calendar for over 20 years and sailors of all ages from all over Ireland congregate here this weekend every year.

All the contractors worked hard to ensure that the new clubhouse was finished in time and I would like to thank Danske Bank for supporting us in our inaugural event in our new clubhouse. We look forward to welcoming more National and International events to Baltimore over the coming years.'

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Dun Laoghaire Regatta –  From the Baily lighthouse to Dalkey island, the bay accommodates eight separate courses for 25 different classes racing every two years for the Dun Laoghaire Regatta.

In assembling its record-breaking armada, Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta (VDLR) became, at its second staging, not only the country's biggest sailing event, with 3,500 sailors competing, but also one of its largest participant sporting events.

One of the reasons for this, ironically, is that competitors across Europe have become jaded by well-worn venue claims attempting to replicate Cowes and Cork Week.

'Never mind the quality, feel the width' has been a criticism of modern-day regattas where organisers mistakenly focus on being the biggest to be the best.

Dun Laoghaire, with its local fleet of 300 boats, never set out to be the biggest. Its priority focussed instead on quality racing even after it got off to a spectacularly wrong start when the event was becalmed for four days at its first attempt.

The idea to rekindle a combined Dublin bay event resurfaced after an absence of almost 40 years, mostly because of the persistence of a passionate race officer Brian Craig who believed that Dun Laoghaire could become the Cowes of the Irish Sea if the town and the local clubs worked together.

Although fickle winds conspired against him in 2005, the support of all four Dun Laoghaire waterfront yacht clubs since then (made up of Dun Laoghaire Motor YC, National YC, Royal Irish YC and Royal St GYC), in association with the two racing clubs of Dublin Bay SC and Royal Alfred YC, gave him the momentum to carry on.

There is no doubt that sailors have also responded with their support from all four coasts. Entries closed last Friday with 520 boats in 25 classes, roughly doubling the size of any previous regatta held on the Bay.

Running for four days, the regatta is (after the large mini-marathons) the single most significant participant sports event in the country, requiring the services of 280 volunteers on and off the water, as well as top international race officers and an international jury, to resolve racing disputes representing five countries.

Craig went to some lengths to achieve his aims including the appointment of a Cork man, Alan Crosbie, to run the racing team; a decision that has raised more than an eyebrow along the waterfront.

A flotilla of 25 boats has raced from the Royal Dee near Liverpool to Dublin for the Lyver Trophy to coincide with the event. The race also doubles as a RORC qualifying race for the Fastnet.

Sailors from the Ribble, Mersey, the Menai Straits, Anglesey, Cardigan Bay and the Isle of Man have to travel three times the distance to the Solent as they do to Dublin Bay. This, claims Craig, is one of the major selling points of the Irish event and explains the range of entries from marinas as far away as Yorkshire's Whitby YC and the Isle of Wight.

Until now, no other regatta in the Irish Sea area could claim to have such a reach. Dublin Bay weeks such as this petered out in the 1960s, and it has taken almost four decades for the waterfront clubs to come together to produce a spectacle on and off the water to rival Cowes.

"The fact that we are getting such numbers means it is inevitable that it is compared with Cowes," said Craig. However, there the comparison ends.

"We're doing our own thing here. Dun Laoghaire is unique, and we are making an extraordinary effort to welcome visitors from abroad," he added.

The busiest shipping lane in the country – across the bay to Dublin port – is to close temporarily to facilitate the regatta and the placing of eight separate courses each day.

A fleet total of this size represents something of an unknown quantity on the bay as it is more than double the size of any other regatta ever held there.

The decision to alter the path of ships into the port was taken in 2005 when a Dublin Port control radar image showed an estimated fleet of over 400 yachts sailing across the closed southern shipping channel.

Ships coming into the bay, including the high-speed service to the port, will use the northern lane instead.

With 3,500 people afloat at any one time, a mandatory safety tally system for all skippers to sign in and out will also operate.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the appearance of four Super Zero class yachts, with Dun Laoghaire's Colm Barrington's TP52 'Flash Glove' expected to head the 'big boat' fleet. At the other end of the technology scale, the traditional clinker-built Water Wags will compete just as they did at a similar regatta over 100 years ago.

The arrival of three TP 52s and a Rogers 46 to Dun Laoghaire regatta is a feather in the cap of organisers because it brings Grand Prix racing to Dublin bay and the prospect of future prominent boat fixtures on the East Coast.

With 38 entries, the new Laser SB3s are set to make a significant impact although the White Sail Class five almost rivals them numerically. The Fireball is the biggest dinghy class, with 27 entries, while there are 25 entries for the Ecover Half Ton Classics Cup which began on Monday.

Class 0 is expected to be the most hotly contested, if the recent Saab IRC Nationals, Scottish Series and Sovereign's Cup are any indication. Three Cork boats ­- Jump Juice (Conor and Denise Phelan), Antix Dubh (Anthony O'Leary) and Blondie (Eamonn Rohan) - are expected to lead the fleet.

(First published in 2009)

Who: All four Dun Laoghaire Waterfront Yacht clubs

What: Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta

Why: A combined regatta to make Dun Laoghaire the Cowes of the Irish Sea.

Where: Ashore at Dun Laoghaire and afloat at eight separate race courses on Dublin Bay. Excellent views from both Dun Laoghaire piers, Sandycove and Seapoint.

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