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Final Races to Decide Youth Sailing Titles on Dublin Bay

7th April 2018
Topper dinghies reach a weather mark in the first day of racing for the class at the Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships Topper dinghies reach a weather mark in the first day of racing for the class at the Irish Sailing Youth Pathway National Championships Credit:

After a fickle day three of the Volvo Youth National Sailing Championships, dinghy class leaders clung to the top of their respective scoresheets but only just.

Organisers were also breathing a sigh of relief after completing the minimum race requirements for the championships in three classes as tricky light southerly winds and fog on Dublin Bay threatened the 2018 schedule.

Following Thursday's heavy air start then Friday’s cancellation of racing due to near gale force winds, the third day offered completely different challenges.

Against the odds, race officials did well to complete a number of races on three separate Bay courses.

Although the race management teams planned an early start to the day, early morning fog was slow to clear but left a moderate breeze in its place. This gave way to near calm conditions by lunchtime followed by a return of sea fog with competitor boats gathered close to their committee boats before racing resumed in the mid-afternoon.

Three more classes joined the championships today in what turned out to be a six-hour day afloat, bringing the turnout to 196 boats and 213 competitors. 

The Irish Sailing event is being co-hosted by the National YC and Royal St. George YC.

Optimists postponed 2064Optimist dinghies line up for a start that is then postponed

In the Optimist trials event, Justin Lucas of the Royal Cork Yacht Club saw his lead pared back a little by national champion Rian Geraghty-McDonnell of the National Yacht Club in second place but still has a comfortable seven-point lead. 

Laser postponed 1959Overall leader Jamie McMahon (213000) among a fleet of 34 Laser Radials waiting for racing to resume at the Committee Boat in Scotsman's Bay

After two straight wins on Thursday in the Laser Radial class, Howth Yacht Club’s Jamie McMahon also retains the overall lead of his class but with unrelenting pressure from Peter Fagan of the Royal St. George Yacht Club just two points behind. 

420 Ferguson v McGovern 1992Overall 420 leaders Nicola Ferguson and Fiona Ferguson (56032) of the National Yacht Club neck and neck with fourth overall Grace O'Beirne and Kathy Kelly of the Royal St George Yacht Club in the beat to the finish of race five Photo:

Nicola Ferguson and Fiona Ferguson of the National Yacht Club and Gemma McDowell with Emma Gallagher of Malahide Yacht Club are on the same eight points of the 420 class proving their abilities across the wind range over the two days.

Meanwhile, of the three classes that joined the event today, Alana Coakley of the Royal St George Yacht Club leads the Laser 4.7 fleet, David Jones of the Royal Cork Yacht Club leads the Topper 5.3 class while Christian Houlihan of Blessington Sailing Club leads the Topper 4.2 class. 

Sunday’s final day is scheduled to again have an early start with Warning Signals on all courses planned for 1000 hrs and up to four races – weather permitting.

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See overall results here

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