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#laser – Almost 100 Lasers enjoyed extraordinary sailing conditions on glorious Lough Ree. FULL RESULTS DOWLOADABLE BELOW. Temperatures over 30 degrees, sailing in rash vest only and shifty F 2-4 were the order of the day. The event combined the Connaught Championships and Irish Laser Youth Championships for all three rigs. The fleet was under the stewardship of International Race Officer Con Murphy who made light work of the tricky conditions.
In the full rigs, a 25 boat fleet had very close racing. In the end, Chris Penney followed up his Leinsters win by running away with it on Sunday following 3 straight wins, an impressive performance on such a streaky and shifty race track. Conor Byrne and Paul MacMahon completed the podium and were always pushing Penney hard. Irish Full Rig youth Champion for 2013 is Cian Cahill from RstGYC/RCYC who rose through the ranks to finish an impressive 5th overall on his first outing with the big sail. Sean Craig took top Master overall.
As usual, the biggest fleet was the Radials. Seafra Guilfoyle, honed from some good international performances recently, had a brief wobble with a black flag Saturday, but a string of bullets gave him both the Connaught and Irish Youth Laser titles. Cian Byrne was comfortable in second and always there or thereabouts while recent winner at Wexford Ryan Glynn emerged from the pack to claim third overall. Erica Ruigrok was first girl overall. The competition in this fleet is incredible these days and it was fantastic to see Annalise Murphy taking time out to sail the first three races, before jetting out to Rio for a few weeks. It was a huge boost to the regatta and the club and campsite were alive Saturday night with tales of "I lee-bow tacked Annalise", "I beat Annalise to the top mark", etc, etc !!! To put the standard of this fleet in perspective, Annalise found herself outside the top ten overall after the first day's racing.
The smaller rig had a fantastic regatta too with almost 20 boats and great conditions for a number of newcomers. Cliodhna O'Regan continued her recent fine form with another overall win to take the Connaught and Youth crowns, with the fast improving Dougie Elmes (Optimist National Champion 2012) taking runner-up.
The Laser action is building up to an exciting peak later next month. On Aug 22-25 RCYC hosts the Vodafone Irish Nationals and then the Laser Europeans/Worlds takes place in Dun Laoghaire Aug 30-Sep 6.
Indeed the organisers for the big international event are appealing for private charter boats amid very tight supply for visiting sailors who, in a big boost for the regatta, will include the famous Robert Scheidt from Brazil. Go to the event website above, to "Racing", "Boat Charter" and top rates of up to € 500 can be your's if you offer up your boat for charter.
#Laser – The Kiel week regatta winner plus a host of international Laser stars are on Belfast lough this week, training at Ballyholme YC.
The friends of Irish Laser sailor James Espey are from the world Laser circuit have come over to Ireland with two coaches in the down-time between championships.
One has a nickname "Mini". Another has just won Kiel week! Another is lying 6th in the world rankings. Ash Brunning – Aus, Philipp Buhl – Ger, Fabian Gielen – Ger, Lukas Feuerherdt – Ger, Coiln Cheng – Sin and Kristain Ruth – Nor.
#laser – Last year's ISAF Youth Silver medallist Finn Lynch opened his Laser Standard Men's U21 World & European Championship 2013 account on Lake Balaton, Hungary with a fifth place yesterday and is lying 27th overall after three qualifying races. Download results below. As we reported earlier, the Blessington Sailing Club sailor is in Hungary with Wexford's Philip Doran and Fionn Lyden from Schull. Doran is currently 39th and Lyden is 70th.
#Laser – A three-man Irish Laser youth squad compete in Balatonfured, Hungary tomorrow in the U21 Laser Standard World Championships. Wexford's Philip Doran, West Cork's Fionn Lyden and Kildare's Finn Lynch will be in action. More on www.balatonlaserworlds2013.com
#laser – Ryan Glynn in the Radials with straight firsts was the stand-out performance at last weekend's Laser Leinster Championships in Wexford Harbour Boat Club.
Conditions were 5-15 knots and shifty on Saturday then blowing stink Sunday, all in a fantastic warm, but unstable westerly breeze that reduced racing on Sunday to just one race.
Chris Penney and Mattie O'Dowd had a titanic struggle at the top of the Standard fleet and in the 4.7s, Conor O'Beirne of the Royal St. George YC came through in the last race with a nice confidence boost before he heads off this week to Hungary for the 4.7 European championships.
Results below from Wexford Harbour Boat Club
Laser Leinster Championship Std 2013
Entries: 17 Races Sailed: 4 Discard: 1
|Series Place||Sail No||Type of Boat||Class||Helm||Club||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4|
|1||201566||S||Chris Penney||East Antrim BC||5||3||1||1||3|
|2||181999||S||Mathew o'Dowd||Royal St. George YC||5||1||2||2||2|
|3||185104||S||Conor Simms||Royal Ulster YC||10||2||3||8||5|
|4||198554||S||Conor Byrne||Royal St. George YC||11||6||4||3||4|
|5||193562||S||Oisin McClelland||Ballyholme YC||19||10||8||11||1|
|6||197364||S||Sean Murphy||Kinsale YC||19||8||7||4||10|
|7||178335||S||M||Sean Craig||Royal St. George YC||20||4||5||12||11|
|8||201365||S||M||Stephen Penney||East Antrim BC||20||9||12||5||6|
|9||155068||S||M||Ross o'Leary||Royal St. George YC||21||5||6||10||14|
|10||191670||S||M||Colin Galavan||Royal Irish YC||24||12||11||6||7|
|11||185043||S||Peter Cameron||East Antrim BC||25||11||10||7||8|
|12||198560||S||Henry McLaughlin||Carlingford Lough YC||25||7||9||9||9|
|13||181674||S||M||Troy Hopkins||Howth YC||39||13||13||15||13|
|14||173164||S||M||Timmy Washington||Wexford Harb. B&TC||40||15||14||14||12|
|15||178689||S||M||Tommy Fallon||Wexford Harb. B&TC||43||14||16||13||18|
|16||180237||S||M||Paul Ebrill||Wexford Harb. B&TC||47||16||15||16||18|
|17||137120||S||Don Ryan||Wexford Harb. B&TC||54||18||18||18||18|
Laser Leinster Championship Radial 2013
Entries: 32 Races Sailed: 4 Discard: 1
|Series Place||Sail No||Type of Boat||Class||Helm||Club||Tally||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4|
|1||198552||R||Y||Ryan Glynn||Ballyholme YC||64||3||1||1||1||1|
|2||190758||R||Y||Dougie Power||Waterford Harb. SC||19||13||2||2||13||9|
|3||183948||R||Y||Ross O'Sullivan||Kinsale YC||76||13||14||7||4||2|
|4||203715||R||Y||Tim Brow||Ballyholme YC||72||13||6||4||7||3|
|5||181428||R||Y||Ronan Jones||Wexford Harb. B&TC||74||17||9||6||2||33|
|6||200637||R||Y||Ruairi Finnegan||Waterford Harb. SC||85||17||8||3||33||6|
|7||191247||R||Y||Andrew Penney||East Antrim BC||45||19||5||5||9||14|
|8||198780||R||Y||Tadhg o'Loingsigh||Tralee Bay SC||87||21||10||8||3||33|
|9||201603||R||Y||Conor o'Farrell||Carlingford Lough YC||63||21||12||9||8||4|
|10||190755||R||John Flynn||Dungarvan Harb. SC||12||27||3||12||12||12|
|11||199054||R||Y||Gary Fekkes||East Antrim BC||93||27||7||14||10||10|
|12||187591||R||Y||Kevin Harrington||Courtown SC||99||28||18||17||6||5|
|13||197362||R||YL||Erica Ruigrok||Rush SC||75||29||4||10||15||18|
|14||198556||R||Y||Mark Bolger||Royal St. George YC||53||31||11||15||5||15|
|15||190759||R||Y||Conor Murphy||Kinsale YC||6||31||15||13||11||7|
|16||196533||R||Y||Sam Wilkinson||Ballyholme YC||91||32||13||11||17||8|
|17||175356||R||Y||Patrick Cahill||Royal St. George YC||55||43||16||22||16||11|
|18||190774||R||YL||Aoife Hopkins||Howth YC||54||46||21||19||14||13|
|19||192602||R||YL||Suzanne Flannigan||Ballyholme YC||78||52||33||18||18||16|
|20||192333||R||Y||Daire Cournane||Kinsale YC||8||55||25||16||20||19|
|21||201828||R||Y||Luke Murphy||Royal St. George YC||2||59||17||23||19||33|
|22||178328||R||Y||Thomas McGrath||Royal Cork YC||100||62||19||21||22||33|
|23||200745||R||Y||Scott O'Sulivan||Kinsale YC||52||65||24||20||33||21|
|24||191319||R||YL||Sorcha Donnelly||Ballyholme YC||47||65||22||24||23||20|
|25||201678||R||L||Jessica Rutherford||Hollywood YC||90||67||20||26||21||33|
|26||197894||R||Y||Nathaniel Gillett||Royal St. George YC||98||69||33||28||24||17|
|27||198526||R||Y||Charlie Edgar||Donaghadee SC||79||73||23||25||25||33|
|28||143122||R||Y||Dermot Wildes||Courtown SC||69||86||26||27||33||33|
|29||186795||R||Y||Gregory Fay||Dungarvan Harb. SC||43||86||28||31||27||33|
|30||167852||R||Y||Conor Clery||Greystones SC||71||86||27||30||29||33|
|31||196018||R||Y||Colm Moloney||Courtown SC||66||87||29||32||26||33|
|32||96255||R||Y||Aaron Jones||Greystones SC||73||87||30||29||28||33|
Laser Leinster Championship 4.7 2013
Entries: 16 Races Sailed: 4 Discard: 1
|Series Place||Sail No||Type of Boat||Class||Helm||Club||Tally||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4|
|1||183231||4||Y||Conor O'Beirne||Royal St George YC||4||5||3||1||4||1|
|2||198435||4||YL||Cliodhna o'Regan||Kinsale YC||86||6||2||2||2||4|
|3||180938||4||Y||Richard Thompson||Royal Cork YC||70||7||10||4||1||2|
|4||179328||4||Y||J.D. Elmes||Royal Cork YC||14||12||4||5||3||7|
|5||203716||4||Y||Ciaran Finnegan||Waterford Harb. SC||88||14||1||10||12||3|
|6||201557||4||YL||Jocelyn Hill||County Antrim YC||84||17||6||3||9||8|
|7||190754||4||Y||Conor Sherriff||Courtown SC||94||17||5||7||5||17|
|8||19736||4||Y||Richard Hogan||Howth YC||38||19||7||9||6||6|
|9||189372||4||Y||Billy Duane||Royal Cork YC||59||22||9||6||7||10|
|10||172360||4||YL||Eva Donworth||Royal Cork YC||77||27||11||11||11||5|
|11||172172||4||L||Rebekah Rutherford||Hollywood YC||92||31||13||8||10||17|
|12||198783||4||YL||Caoimhe Cotter||Wexford Harb. B&TC||57||31||14||12||8||11|
|13||163142||4||Y||Luke McGrath||Royal Cork YC||61||34||8||13||13||17|
|14||188461||4||YL||Blathnaid o'Connell||Royal St George YC||62||38||12||14||14||12|
|15||177879||4||Y||Robert Wynne||Dungarvan Harb. SC||83||43||17||17||17||9|
|16||190672||4||YL||Kate MacAdorey||Carlingford Lough YC||89||45||15||15||15||17|
#laser – A record entry is forecast for the 2013 Laser World Championships in Oman from November this year with interest so overwhelmingly high that places are already oversubscribed for the Master class four months ahead of the October entry cut off date.
Entries are now filling up quickly from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, North, South and Central America. The line-up for the Laser Standard is expected to include renowned Olympic medalists such as Pavlos Kontides (Cyprus), silver medalist at the London 2012 Olympics Game, Andy Maloney (NZ) rising star from New Zealand, bronze medalist in the 2012 Laser World Championship in Germany and Tonći Stipanovic (Croatia), silver medalist in the 2012 Laser World Championship in Germany.
The Laser Radial Youth World Championship to be held from 28th December – 3rd January has so far attracted sailors from 19 countries and all indications are that this category may also soon be reaching triple figure.
"The overwhelming interest in the event shows that competitors, their families and friends are keen to travel to Oman from every continent. This is a direct result of how we have marketed the championship," says Oman Sail Events Director, Issa Sultan Al Ismaili.
"We expect to set a new all time entry record in the Laser Standard Men's World Championships especially since we are working closely with the International Laser Association to encourage entries from emerging sailing nations. Our goal is to have sailors from 60 nations competing and I think it is achievable considering early indications."
Competitors for the Masters championship are being encouraged to bring their partners and combine a holiday with the championship experience. Similarly friends and family accompanying young sailors to the youth Laser Radial Championships can leave winter behind to enjoy an extended festive season vacation in the sun.
Special entertainment and social programmes highlighting the culture of Oman and local themes will include a "Night with the Stars" featuring Olympic medallists, expert coaches and inspirational sailing heroes to share experiences and meet the interests of young and old especially during the New Year period.
In all over 1000 additional visitors are expected to accompany the teams, including race officials, coaches, international media and family members when the world's most popular adult and youth racing class comes to Oman.
"It will definitely have a positive impact on inbound tourism and present a very powerful way to introduce Oman to a lot of influential people. The hosting of the ISAF Annual Conference just prior to the event will also offer an unprecedented opportunity to showcase our sailing venues and facilities to the most powerful decision makers in the sport, " said Al Ismaili.
Hosting the Laser World Championships is also integral to the highly successful Oman Sail national sailing initiative in Oman that is reviving the country's centuries old sailing heritage.
Since it was launched in 2008, 11,000 young Omani's have been through sail training programmes at grass roots level, a comprehensive youth development programme is in place and the country's elite sailing squad is competing worldwide at international events.
"Hosting the Laser World Championships will both attract professional expertise and instil national pride by giving our national squad the chance to compete against the best in the world in home waters.
"It will also help develop the knowledge and skills of those Omanis who will be involved in the sailing, race management and event organisation and give a broader basic understanding of the sport of sailing."
Steady winds and typically 24 degree weather in November combined with state of the art infrastructure and facilities for sailors, media, race and event management, a 54 berth marina, refuelling station, dive school and workshop facilities complemented by upmarket accommodation and retail amenities all within walking distance is what sets Mussanah Sport City apart.
"We have proven experience and expertise in running extremely successful large scale local and international championships from the 2010 Asian Beach Games to the recent RC44 Oman Cup and three editions of the Extreme 40 Series. Everything is ready and in place." said Al Ismaili.
The National Yacht Club hosts the European Laser Standard and Radial European Championships from the 30th August - 6th September.
If you have a Laser five years or younger in good condition and would be in a position to charter it please contact Cathy Mac Aleavey at [email protected]
#laser – Thomas Chaix of Kinsale Yacht Club is the overall winner of the Irish Laser Masters Championship held at Ballyholme Yacht Club at the weekend. Second was Chris Boyd who also won the Grand Master division and the final race in 20 knots. Third was Ballyholme local Gareth Flannigan. Full results are downloadable as a jpeg file below.
Irish Laser Masters Championship
1st Thomas Chaix
2. Chris Boyd
3 Gareth Flannigan
4. Nick Walsh
5. David Fletcher
Bruce Kirby has previously filed a complaint in the US Federal Court District of Connecticut alleging the unauthorised production of his design and non-payment of royalties by LaserPerformance, the company licensed to build Laser class boats for the western market.
It's now being reported that yesterday (17 May), Kirby's company Kirby Inc has sought a court order to issue a prejudgement remedy against LaserPerformance, which would prevent that or any associated company from building Lasers while the court assesses the case.
The International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) are also named in Kirby's lawsuit for allegedly assisting LaserPerformance by supplying ISAF plaques despite being given formal notice to cease by Kirby.
In April, Kirby took the sailing world by surprise with the news that he had relaunched his classic single-handed one design under a new brand, the Kirby Torch.
The new company's website cited "supply of the Kirby sailboat and parts to sailors worldwide" as the issue for its terminating of previous manufacturing deals at the end of last year.
Multiple Irish National Champion Gareth Flannigan is one of the leading contenders for the Laser Masters title when it is sailed on his home waters of Ballyholme Yacht Club in three weeks time (25/26th May).
Visitors from Scotland and England are swelling the fleet at Ballyholme to over 50 entries.
Four entries leave for warm weather training in Lake Garda this weekend, a sign of how competitive Laser sailing is in Ireland right now.