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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.

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#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.


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#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.

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#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

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#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
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#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.

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#Sailors competing in the European Laser Championships in Dun Laoghaire later this summer are looking to charter Laser dinghies.

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]

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#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

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#Laser - The designer of the iconic Laser is putting pressure on the boat's manufacturer for the UK, Europe and North America to halt all production of the vessel, as Marine Business World reports.

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.

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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.

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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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The 2021 Regatta runs from 8-11 July

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