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Youths off to flying start

20th April 2010
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Youths off to flying start
Laser radial sailor Mattie O'Dowd and Topper star Finn Lynch kept clean sheets yesterday at the first day of the ISA Youth Nationals and Junior Pathway Championships, winning every race in their respective classes. The event, held at the Fastnet Marine Outdoor Education Centre in Schull, runs until April 9. Report and results over the fold.

The regatta began yesterday and all fleets completed their scheduled three races in variable force 2-3 winds. National Race Officer David Harte raced the Youth National classes - Laser Radial, Laser 4.7 and 420 – in the shelter of the Sound of Roaringwater Bay:

“The competitors were well behaved with no premature starters, which help get the event off to a very successful start. The legacy of yesterday’s gale resulted in a swell south of the harbour and therefore forced us to sail inside.”

Mattie O’Dowd (Royal St George Yacht) leads the Laser Radial fleet when he won all three races today. In the 30 boat fleet, Oliver Loughead (Ballyholme & Royal Ulster Yacht Clubs) is in second, counting a 2nd and two 4th in his races. In third place is Robbie Gilmore (Strangford Lough Yacht Club) following his 4th, 6th and 3rd in races one, two and three respectively.

John Flynn (Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club) leads the Laser 4.7 fleet when he placed 8th, 5th and 2nd in races one, two and three respectively. In the 31 boat fleet, Darragh O’Sullivan (Kinsale Yacht Club) is in second, counting two 6th places and a 5th in his races. Fellow Club member Katie Gambier-Ross is in third following her 12th, 3rd and 4th in races one, two and three respectively.

In the 420 double-handed class, Jane Butler & Jenny Andreasson (Royal St George Yacht Club) lead the fleet when they placed 1st in race one and two, finishing with a 5th in race three. In the 13 boat fleet, Cian O’Regan & Scott Flanigan (Kinsale Yacht Club) are in second overall, when they count a 3rd, 3rd and 4th, while Emma Geary & Niamh Connolly (Royal Cork Yacht Club) are in third following their 2nd, 5th and 7th in races one, two and three respectively.

Rory Fitzpatrick, ISA Youth & Development Manager explained:

“Sailing behind Long Island, inside the Sound, we were sheltered from the strong Atlantic swell and although the wind varied between 8 and 12 knots, the day provided sunshine along with wind.”

Race Officer Richard Kissane sailed the Junior Pathway classes - Optimist, Topper and RS Feva – within Schull Harbour, directly across from the Fastnet Marine Outdoor Education Centre.

Finn Lynch (Blessington SC), a nominee for youth sailor of the year 2009, leads the Topper fleet when he won all three races today in the 27 boat fleet. Jack Brien, Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club is in second place overall, counting a 2nd, 4th and 2nd in races one, two and three respectively. Currently in third, Fraser Wright of East Down Yacht Club scored 5th, 6th and 7th in his races.

Sean Gambier-Ross (Kinsale Yacht Club) leads the Optimist fleet when he placed 1st, 1st and 3rd in race one, two and three respectively. In the 26 boat fleet, Seafra Guilfoyle (Royal Cork Yacht Club) is in second overall, counting a 5th, 2nd and 1st while fellow club member Cian Byrne is in third following his 2nd, 7th and 2nd in races one, two and three respectively.

In the RS Feva double handed class, Julie Tingle & Amy Harrington (Royal Cork Yacht Club) lead the fleet when they placed 1st, 3rd and 3rd in races one, two and three respectively. In the 5 boat fleet, Brendan Lyden & Mark Cudmore (Royal Cork / Baltimore Sailing Club) are in second, counting two 1st in races two and three. Lyden & Cudmore did not finish race one. In third place are fellow club members, David Whitaker & Oscar Morehead who count two 2nd and a 4th place in today’s racing.

Racing resumes tomorrow for all classes.

The Optimist Championship concludes tomorrow.

Provisional Results on Day One

Laser Radial - 3 races sailed (no discard) 30 boats
1st Mattie O'Dowd (RSGYC) 1, 1, 1
2nd O Loughead (BYC/RUYC) 2,4,4
3rd R Gimore (SLYC) 4, 6, 3


Laser 4.7 – 3 races sailed (no discard) 31 boats
1st J Flynn (DHSC) 8, 5, 2
2nd D O’Sullivan (KYC) 6, 6, 5
3rd K Gambier-Ross (KYC) 12, 3, 4


420 - 3 races sailed (no discard) 13 boats
1st J Bulter & J Andreasson (RSGYC) 1, 1, 5
2nd C O'Regan & S Flanigan (KYC) 3, 3, 4
3rd E Geary & n Connolly (RCYC) 2, 5, 7


Optimist - 3 races sailed (no discard) 26 boats
1st S Gambier-Ross (KYC) 1, 1, 3
2nd S Guilfoyle (RCYC) 5, 2, 1
3rd C Byrne (RCYC) 2, 7, 2


Topper - 3 races sailed (no discard) 28 boats

1st F Lynch (BSC) 1, 1, 1
2nd J Brien (RNIYC) 2, 4, 2
3rd F Wright (EDYC) 5, 6, 7


Feva - 3 races sailed (no discard) 5 boats
1st J Tingle & A Harrington (RCYC) 1, 3, 3
2nd B Lyden & M Cudmore (RCYC/BSC) DNF, 1, 1
3rd D Whitaker & O Morehead (RCYC/BSC) 2, 2, 4

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