Allianz and Afloat - Supporting Irish Boating

Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

Junior title fights nearing conclusion

20th April 2010
Junior title fights nearing conclusion

Very light and variable winds provided tricky sailing conditions but close racing at the ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championship in Schull, Co Cork. Although entering the competition as the ‘hot favourite’, fleet leader Finn Lynch - the world’s number two Topper sailor - did not necessarily have it all his own way.

ISA Youth Development Manager Rory Fitzpatrick explained:

“The Topper fleet is extremely competitive this year, and Jack Brien is showing good form with three race wins, keeping the pressure on Finn.”

Currently placed in second overall Jack Brien (Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club) will need to win the final race tomorrow, with Finn Lynch (Blessington Sailing Club) placing eight or below if he is take the title from Lynch.

The RS Feva class also have just one race to conclude their regatta with Brenda Lyden & Mark Cudmore (Royal Cork Yacht Club / Baltimore Sailing Club) just 3 points ahead of Julie Tingle & Amy Harrington from the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

On Roaring Water Bay, conditions are fairly light, with a south westerly breeze of 5-6 knots. There was a small chop but overall the seas were smoother than earlier in the week. The double handed 420 class successfully completed three races today, although their final race did have a shorter beat.

Cian O’Regan & Scott Flanigan (Kinsale Yacht Club) lost their overall lead of the 420 fleet when they were disqualified from race 10. The new fleet leaders, Jane Butler & Jenny Andreasson (Royal St George Yacht Club) are just one point about of O’Regan/Flanigan.

As the wind continued to die off, National Race Officer David Harte sent the Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 sailors ashore after just two races.

In the Laser Radial fleet Rory Lynch won the day when he scored first and second places in today’s races. However Mattie O’Dowd continues his strong form in the Laser Radial fleet and leads Philip Doran (Courtown Sailing Club / Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club) by 12 points. However with up to three races still to count tomorrow and just one discard the title is still open.

In the Laser 4.7 fleet the title is still very much up for grabs with John Flynn, Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, leading the largest fleet at the Championship, by just one point.



Published in ISA Team

About The Author Team

Email The Author is Ireland's dedicated marine journalism team.

Have you got a story for our reporters? Email us here.

We've got a favour to ask

More people are reading than ever thanks to the power of the internet but we're in stormy seas because advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. Unlike many news sites, we haven’t put up a paywall because we want to keep our marine journalism open. is Ireland's only full–time marine journalism team and it takes time, money and hard work to produce our content.

So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

If everyone chipped in, we can enhance our coverage and our future would be more secure. You can help us through a small donation. Thank you.

Direct Donation to Afloat button

Irish Sailing

The Irish Sailing Association, also known as Irish Sailing, is the national governing body for sailing, powerboating and windsurfing in Ireland.

Founded in 1945 as the Irish Dinghy Racing Association, it became the Irish Yachting Association in 1964 and the Irish Sailing Association in 1992.

Irish Sailing is a Member National Authority (MNA) of World Sailing and a member of the Olympic Federation of Ireland.

The Association is governed by a volunteer board, elected by the member clubs. Policy Groups provide the link with members and stakeholders while advising the Board on specialist areas. There is a professional administration and performance staff, based at the headquarters in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.

Core functions include the regulation of sailing education, administering racing and selection of Irish sailors for international competition. It is the body recognised by the Olympic Federation of Ireland for nominating Irish qualified sailors to be considered for selection to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. Irish sailors have medalled twice at the Olympics – David Wilkins and Jamie Wikinson at the 1980 games, and Annalise Murphy at the 2016 games.

The Association, through its network of clubs and centres, offers curriculum-based training in the various sailing, windsurfing and powerboating disciplines. Irish Sailing qualifications are recognised by Irish and European Authorities. Most prominent of these are the Yachtmaster and the International Certificate of Competency.

It runs the annual All-Ireland Championships (formerly the Helmsman’s Championship) for senior and junior sailors.

The Association has been led by leading lights in the sailing and business communities. These include Douglas Heard, Clayton Love Junior, John Burke and Robert Dix.

Close to 100 sailors have represented Ireland at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Membership of Irish Sailing is either by direct application or through membership of an affiliated organisation. The annual membership fee ranges from €75 for families, down to €20 for Seniors and Juniors.

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

dbsc mainbutton
Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club
Royal Saint George Yacht Club

Featured Brokers

leinster sidebutton

Featured Associations

isora sidebutton

Featured Webcams

Featured Events 2021

vdlr21 sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton
quantum sidebutton
watson sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
osm sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
mansfield sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
wavelengths sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating