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Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Nathan Van Steenberge were first juniors and sixth overall in the Harken 29er Grand Prix at Royal Torbay Yacht Club this weekend, as Yachts & Yachting reports.

Winds and rain on the Saturday gave way to Champagne sailing conditions yesterday (Sunday 24 March) for the National Yacht Club pair who placed third in Tralee Bay the weekend before, and topped a welcome Irish contingent in Devon.

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A second in the last race of today's SB3 World Championships gives Royal Cork's Mel Collins 17th overall and keeps the Crosshaven trio top Irish crew in Torquay. Howth's Ben Duncan – racing for New Zealand – is 11th overall. Full results below. It's been a tough day on the water at Day 2 of the event for competitors and Race Officers alike. Shifting winds combined with general recalls and last minute abandonments meant a long day on the water for everyone involved. Races 4, 5 and 6 of the championship have now been completed and qualifying for the gold and silver fleets is complete.

After lying second overall at the end of the first day of the Championship, Peter Saxton (GBR) and his crew on Rola-Trac had a poor first race today. Clearly undeterred, the Rola-Trac crew got back into the groove for the second and third races, achieving a 1st and 3rd place in the Orange fleet. Saxton now shows a score card of 1, 5, 2, (36), 1, 3 and leads the Championship by 2 points.

Italian entry "Stenghele" helmed by Roberto Caresani (ITA) and crewed by Pietro Negri and Enrico Fonda put in a strong performance on the Yellow course. "We had a good day today," explained bow man Enrico, "We've had 3 good races! We won the first race, we lead the first beat and after a gybe set, we literally flew downwind, extending our lead to 200m on the next boat!" Roberto added, "It's been a lucky day and we are very happy with our results."

Craig Burlton (GBR) lies 5th overall going into the gold fleet and finals races. Catching up with Craig and crew after racing, it was clear that they were disappointed with their performance. "It's been a tough day, the wind has been really shifty and we've found the starts hard. The third race today wasn't good and we got stuck in a hole downwind." There are high expectations onboard and their frustration showed. "We've made some stupid mistakes and not quite executed our attack on this event." But 5th overall at this stage of the event isn't too shabby is it?!

Many entrants are still struggling to find their form and continue to battle the vagaries of Tor Bay's wind conditions. 2010 World Champion Jerry Hill arrived in Torquay with high hopes of defending his title, but this evening returns ashore deflated. "It's not been a great day...we were over the line in the first race, 7th in the second and then really deep in the third race today." Hill has sailed in the Laser SB3 class since the beginning and has been a driving force behind the organisation of the World Championship in Torquay. It's unfortunate to see him struggling to find his form and lying in 29th place going into the gold fleet finals.

With the challenging conditions that Tor Bay is providing, it's certain that the winner of the Zhik SB3 Worlds will be a deserving Champion. The standard of the fleet is extremely high and nobody is yet willing to bet their life savings on who will lift the beautiful Waterford Crystal trophy on Friday 20th May. With six qualifying races now complete, the pressure really heats up as the gold and silver fleet finals begin.

Series PlaceSail NoBow NoBoatHelmSeries Points
1 GBR3065 65 Rola-Trac Peter Saxton 12
2 GBR3058 15 Xcellent John Pollard 14
3 GBR3053 111 Race Team Gill Geoff Carveth 14
4 ITA3073 39 Stenghele Roberto Caresani 16
5 GBR3042 54 Gill Racing Team 18
6 GBR3489 19 Red 20
7 AUS3063 32 One Design Sailing 21
8 GBR3032 92 Rumbleflurg David Cummins 25
9 GBR3082 68 Henri Lloyd/Forelle Estates Joe Llewellyn 26
10 AUS3108 70 Club Marine Glenn Bourke 27
11 NZL3287 36 Sailing West - Sharkbait Ben Duncan 32
12 NED3441 17 Rivium Paul Gast 36
13 GBR3475 57 Perky III Jez Entwistle 37
14 RSA3469 49 Musto Race Ahead Asenaithi Jim 45
15 GER3561 86 Razzmatazz Sebastian Dohrendorf 46
16 ITA3543 101 Bravi Thytronic Giovanni Meloni 49
17 IRL3324 22 Sibelus Mel Collins 50
18 GBR3047 95 Parkway Pirates Rob Gullan 51
19 GBR3134 84 Marilyn Dom Ford 54
20 GBR3336 8 Uber 3 Adrian Peach 59
21 GBR3149 16 Poor Buoy Mark Gillett 63
22 GBR3462 58 Underground Toys Andrew Oddie 64
23 GER3402 21 Norah Daniel Spaenle 65.2
24 GBR3464 5 Eric Martin Wedge 68
25 RUS3554 109 Team Russia Rodion Luka 70
26 GBR3546 98 Orthteam Richard Catchpole 71
27 GBR3292 93 Chill Pill Tich Summers 72
28 GBR3556 69 Herbie Phil Tilley 75
29 GBR3465 26 3 Sad Old Blokes Jerry Hill 77
30 GBR3079 116 Excuse Me Gents Ann Jackson 79
31 AUS3607 104 Wysiwyg VI Stephen Fries 80
32 IRL3298 64 Toucan 3 Ross Vaughan 81
33 GBR3041 67 Robina Dan Goodman 83
34 ITA3606 114 Lunatico XS Aurelio Bini 85
35 GBR3575 56 Sailboat Deliveries Sarah Allan 86
36 GBR3027 63 Darling Associates Chris Darling 86
37 GBR3029 44 3-Some Niall Peelo 87
38 GBR3305 55 Rigging Gurus Mark Richards 89
39 GBR3517 75 Doolalli Colin Simonds 89
40 GBR3276 89 Trouble & Strife Ian Armstrong 92
41 GBR3510 52 Hutton's Richard Wharram 95
42 UKR3443 78 Transbunker Polovy Valeriy 99
43 GBR3106 37 Tom Clay 100
44 BEL3472 35 Los Zaparteros Alex Schoenmakers 100
45 GBR3183 30 Respect John Danby 102
46 GBR3468 60 Fully Badgered Paul Lovejoy 105
47 GBR3021 51 Here Comes Bod Charlie Whelan 106
48 GBR3084 1 Eau No! Mark Sotkes 108
49 ITA3596 99 Briefing Luca Bacci 109
50 IRL3338 59 Milvus Milvus Robert Howe 116
51 IRL3226 112 Quantitative Easing Paul McMahon 120
52 IRL3312 91 Bomchickawahwah John O'Driscoll 122
53 FRA3078 115 Tad Minus Vincent Biarnes 127
54 RUS373 106 Alissa Vladislav Ivanovski 128
55 GBR3060 73 Finitor 7 Stewart Reed 129
56 IRL3484 33 Seriously Bonkers x 3 Martin Cuppage 130
57 GBR3074 3 Tonic Douglas Paton 131
58 GBR3515 108 The Young Pretender Callum Calder 134
59 GBR3126 102 Geronimo Simon Hume 135
60 FRA3423 76 Morpheus Edward Russo 136
61 GBR3545 71 Savage Sailing Team Chris Savage 138
62 GER3600 13 Isabella III Reinhard Schroeder 138
63 GBR3198 80 Magic Marine Hugh Styles 140
64 GBR3104 74 Retail Therapy Charles Sheppard 140
65 GBR3379 27 Joyride Nick Andrews 141
66 FRA3609 2 Marcon Yachting Louis Marcon 143
67 GBR3531 87 Carnage Nick Over 143
68 GBR3267 77 Neilson Heart of Gold Tom Hayhoe 143
69 GBR3319 12 Devils Advocate Tony Jaffa 145
70 GBR3014 61 Sponge Bob Steve McLean 148
71 GBR3038 119 TeamB4Ego,com2 Will Brooks 150
72 NED3511 29 Marco van Driel 153
73 GBR3215 79 Sail Navy Darren Roach 153
74 GBR3362 47 Polar Bear Tim Newton 159
75 POR3103 48 Viero Piedade Colaco 160
76 GBR3048 23 Control-Alt-Delete Ann Ashworth 162
77 GBR3096 72 Red Kite Roger Harford 163
78 UKR3522 41 Stemcor Valentin Klymentyev 163
79 IRL3307 31 Bad/Kilcullen Stephan Hyde 164
80 GBR3094 20 Xceptable Ian Lievesley 166
81 GBR3056 100 Woohoo Tom Davidson 172
82 GBR3069 66 Not just a number Paul Hine 173
83 IRL3033 34 Blue Bird Cathy MacAleavey 178
84 GBR3088 6 Ray Davies 180
85 GBR3516 14 Geoff Gritton 181
86 AUS3224 28 Jester 3 Dave Bull 183
87 GRE3251 105 Ruairi Bradley 185
88 NED3470 82 Cube Martijn Buitenhuis 185
89 GBR3473 85 Sceptre Nathan Bailey 189
90 ITA3598 96 Alghero Giorico Hotels Alessandro Balzani 192
91 GBR3335 24 Royal Signals Stu Southan 192
92 GBR3366 11 Hooligan Guy Broom 196
93 GBR3309 43 Narwhal David Bates 196
94 GBR3081 9 Prostate Cancer Charity Ross Lang 201
95 GBR3123 4 Mini Mayhem Paul Craft 204
96 GBR3519 107 May contain nuts John Greenaway 204
97 ITA3437 53 Lupi D'irlanda Marco Sorgassi 204
98 IRL3062 40 Ronan Downing 205
99 IRL3297 90 Sunday Brunch Richard Tate 218
100 IRL3315 42 Sirius Black Ken Hudson 219
101 GBR3368 45 Kapow Nick Barnett 223
102 GBR3540 46 Water Music viii Jonny Foot 229
103 GBR3077 88 Skallywag Rob Day 238
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Ten Irish boats are among 120 entered so far in the 2011 SB3 World Championships in Torbay that will be the largest keelboat world championship in the UK this season.

But top ranked Irish performer Ben Duncan, who races from Howth Yacht Club is entered under his native New Zealand flag.

Seriously Bonkers (Martin Cuppage), Bad Kilcullen (Jerry Dowling) and Cathy MacAleavey's Bluebird are among Dun Laoghaire boats to enter so far. The full entry list is here.

The event will be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, UK from 16 – 20 May 2011.

Representatives from fourteen nations will compete in the World Championships. The host nation field an entry of over seventy boats. Entries come from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and Russia will all be represented in Torquay in May.

The three Laser SB3 World Champions, Geoff Carveth (2008 Champion, Dun Laoghaire), Craig Burlton (2009 Champion, Cascais) and Jerry Hill (2010 Champion, Torbole) will all compete for the 2011 Championship title.

Carveth, Burlton and Hill are all British and so far the Laser SB3 World Championship has not been won by another nation. Will 2011 see the trophy slip from the Brits grip?

Australian sailing man of the moment, Nathan Outteridge, will compete with Laser SB3 Class President, Dave Cheyne in Torquay in May. Outteridge is twice 49er World Champion, current Moth World Champion and recent winner of the Audi King of Docklands and Audi Victoria Week in the Laser SB3. Fellow Australian Glenn Bourke returns to the class for the Championship.

South Africa’s Roger Hudson will compete in his fourth Laser SB3 World Championship and will no doubt be determined to better his current hatric of second places. Hudson has sailed each of the previous World Championships with a different helm; 2008 David Hudson (father), 2009 Taariq Jacobs and 2010 Iain Ainslie. It is yet to be announced which members of the Race Ahead Foundation will sail with Hudson in 2011. 

In preparation for the World Championships, the Royal Torbay Yacht Club will host the Torbay Open, 30 April – 2 May and the Pre World Championship 12 – 13 May. These two events will provide a great opportunity for a number of keen teams from across Europe to travel to the UK and sail on the waters of Tor Bay prior to the World Championships.

“We’re really looking forward to hosting the event at the Club, I sail in the fleet so it’s great to be involved in delivering this event. We’re delighted with the size and quality of the entry list and look forward to extending the entry if necessary,” explained Event Organiser Adrian Peach.

The Laser SB3 Class is proud to be one of the most tightly restricted one design keelboat classes in the world with little variation from the builder’s final product permitted. With minimal maintenance, easy to trail and low campaign costs, the class thrives on its philosophy of providing inclusive, high intensity, great fun and easily attainable, quality racing for its members.

Further news and developments can be followed HERE.
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Thursday night's stormy seas forced a car ferry with more than 40 Irish-bound passengers to shelter in a south Devon bay.

The Herald Express in Devon reports that the Norman Voyager, which left Cherbourg on Wednesday night, was due to arrive in Rosslare by Thursday afternoon.

But stronger than usual winds from the Atlantic storm system persuaded the captain to forgo the usual refuge of Falmouth and take shelter in Torbay, rather than risk the 186-metre vessel in the turbulent waters of the Irish Sea.

Local Coastwatch member Brian Knowles spotted the ferry seven miles of Berry Head.

"It's very unusual to have a passenger ferry here," he said, remarking that 12 ships were anchored in Torbay and nearby Babbacombe Bay to shelter from Force 12 winds.

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Irish Olympic Sailing Team

Ireland has a proud representation in sailing at the Olympics dating back to 1948. Today there is a modern governing structure surrounding the selection of sailors the Olympic Regatta

Irish Olympic Sailing FAQs

Ireland’s representation in sailing at the Olympics dates back to 1948, when a team consisting of Jimmy Mooney (Firefly), Alf Delany and Hugh Allen (Swallow) competed in that year’s Summer Games in London (sailing off Torquay). Except for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Ireland has sent at least one sailor to every Summer Games since then.

  • 1948 – London (Torquay) — Firefly: Jimmy Mooney; Swallow: Alf Delany, Hugh Allen
  • 1952 – Helsinki — Finn: Alf Delany * 1956 – Melbourne — Finn: J Somers Payne
  • 1960 – Rome — Flying Dutchman: Johnny Hooper, Peter Gray; Dragon: Jimmy Mooney, David Ryder, Robin Benson; Finn: J Somers Payne
  • 1964 – Tokyo — Dragon: Eddie Kelliher, Harry Maguire, Rob Dalton; Finn: Johnny Hooper 
  • 1972 – Munich (Kiel) — Tempest: David Wilkins, Sean Whitaker; Dragon: Robin Hennessy, Harry Byrne, Owen Delany; Finn: Kevin McLaverty; Flying Dutchman: Harold Cudmore, Richard O’Shea
  • 1976 – Montreal (Kingston) — 470: Robert Dix, Peter Dix; Flying Dutchman: Barry O’Neill, Jamie Wilkinson; Tempest: David Wilkins, Derek Jago
  • 1980 – Moscow (Tallinn) — Flying Dutchman: David Wilkins, Jamie Wilkinson (Silver medalists) * 1984 – Los Angeles — Finn: Bill O’Hara
  • 1988 – Seoul (Pusan) — Finn: Bill O’Hara; Flying Dutchman: David Wilkins, Peter Kennedy; 470 (Women): Cathy MacAleavy, Aisling Byrne
  • 1992 – Barcelona — Europe: Denise Lyttle; Flying Dutchman: David Wilkins, Peter Kennedy; Star: Mark Mansfield, Tom McWilliam
  • 1996 – Atlanta (Savannah) — Laser: Mark Lyttle; Europe: Aisling Bowman (Byrne); Finn: John Driscoll; Star: Mark Mansfield, David Burrows; 470 (Women): Denise Lyttle, Louise Cole; Soling: Marshall King, Dan O’Grady, Garrett Connolly
  • 2000 – Sydney — Europe: Maria Coleman; Finn: David Burrows; Star: Mark Mansfield, David O'Brien
  • 2004 – Athens — Europe: Maria Coleman; Finn: David Burrows; Star: Mark Mansfield, Killian Collins; 49er: Tom Fitzpatrick, Fraser Brown; 470: Gerald Owens, Ross Killian; Laser: Rory Fitzpatrick
  • 2008 – Beijing (Qingdao) — Star: Peter O’Leary, Stephen Milne; Finn: Tim Goodbody; Laser Radial: Ciara Peelo; 470: Gerald Owens, Phil Lawton
  • 2012 – London (Weymouth) — Star: Peter O’Leary, David Burrows; 49er: Ryan Seaton, Matt McGovern; Laser Radial: Annalise Murphy; Laser: James Espey; 470: Gerald Owens, Scott Flanigan
  • 2016 – Rio — Laser Radial (Women): Annalise Murphy (Silver medalist); 49er: Ryan Seaton, Matt McGovern; 49erFX: Andrea Brewster, Saskia Tidey; Laser: Finn Lynch; Paralympic Sonar: John Twomey, Ian Costello & Austin O’Carroll

Ireland has won two Olympics medals in sailing events, both silver: David Wilkins, Jamie Wilkinson in the Flying Dutchman at Moscow 1980, and Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial at Rio 2016.

The current team, as of December 2020, consists of Laser sailors Finn Lynch, Liam Glynn and Ewan McMahon, 49er pairs Ryan Seaton and Seafra Guilfoyle, and Sean Waddilove and Robert Dickson, as well as Laser Radial sailors Annalise Murphy and Aoife Hopkins.

Irish Sailing is the National Governing Body for sailing in Ireland.

Irish Sailing’s Performance division is responsible for selecting and nurturing Olympic contenders as part of its Performance Pathway.

The Performance Pathway is Irish Sailing’s Olympic talent pipeline. The Performance Pathway counts over 70 sailors from 11 years up in its programme.The Performance Pathway is made up of Junior, Youth, Academy, Development and Olympic squads. It provides young, talented and ambitious Irish sailors with opportunities to move up through the ranks from an early age. With up to 100 young athletes training with the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway, every aspect of their performance is planned and closely monitored while strong relationships are simultaneously built with the sailors and their families

Rory Fitzpatrick is the head coach of Irish Sailing Performance. He is a graduate of University College Dublin and was an Athens 2004 Olympian in the Laser class.

The Performance Director of Irish Sailing is James O’Callaghan. Since 2006 James has been responsible for the development and delivery of athlete-focused, coach-led, performance-measured programmes across the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway. A Business & Economics graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he is a Level 3 Qualified Coach and Level 2 Coach Tutor. He has coached at five Olympic Games and numerous European and World Championship events across multiple Olympic classes. He is also a member of the Irish Sailing Foundation board.

Annalise Murphy is by far and away the biggest Irish sailing star. Her fourth in London 2012 when she came so agonisingly close to a bronze medal followed by her superb silver medal performance four years later at Rio won the hearts of Ireland. Murphy is aiming to go one better in Tokyo 2021. 

Under head coach Rory Fitzpatrick, the coaching staff consists of Laser Radial Academy coach Sean Evans, Olympic Laser coach Vasilij Zbogar and 49er team coach Matt McGovern.

The Irish Government provides funding to Irish Sailing. These funds are exclusively for the benefit of the Performance Pathway. However, this falls short of the amount required to fund the Performance Pathway in order to allow Ireland compete at the highest level. As a result the Performance Pathway programme currently receives around €850,000 per annum from Sport Ireland and €150,000 from sponsorship. A further €2 million per annum is needed to have a major impact at the highest level. The Irish Sailing Foundation was established to bridge the financial gap through securing philanthropic donations, corporate giving and sponsorship.

The vision of the Irish Sailing Foundation is to generate the required financial resources for Ireland to scale-up and execute its world-class sailing programme. Irish Sailing works tirelessly to promote sailing in Ireland and abroad and has been successful in securing funding of 1 million euro from Sport Ireland. However, to compete on a par with other nations, a further €2 million is required annually to realise the ambitions of our talented sailors. For this reason, the Irish Sailing Foundation was formed to seek philanthropic donations. Led by a Board of Directors and Head of Development Kathryn Grace, the foundation lads a campaign to bridge the financial gap to provide the Performance Pathway with the funds necessary to increase coaching hours, upgrade equipment and provide world class sport science support to a greater number of high-potential Irish sailors.

The Senior and Academy teams of the Performance Pathway are supported with the provision of a coach, vehicle, coach boat and boats. Even with this level of subsidy there is still a large financial burden on individual families due to travel costs, entry fees and accommodation. There are often compromises made on the amount of days a coach can be hired for and on many occasions it is necessary to opt out of major competitions outside Europe due to cost. Money raised by the Irish Sailing Foundation will go towards increased quality coaching time, world-class equipment, and subsiding entry fees and travel-related costs. It also goes towards broadening the base of talented sailors that can consider campaigning by removing financial hurdles, and the Performance HQ in Dublin to increase efficiency and reduce logistical issues.

The ethos of the Performance Pathway is progression. At each stage international performance benchmarks are utilised to ensure the sailors are meeting expectations set. The size of a sailor will generally dictate which boat they sail. The classes selected on the pathway have been identified as the best feeder classes for progression. Currently the Irish Sailing Performance Pathway consists of the following groups: * Pathway (U15) Optimist and Topper * Youth Academy (U19) Laser 4.7, Laser Radial and 420 * Development Academy (U23) Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, 49erFX * Team IRL (direct-funded athletes) Laser, Laser Radial, 49er, 49erFX

The Irish Sailing performance director produces a detailed annual budget for the programme which is presented to Sport Ireland, Irish Sailing and the Foundation for detailed discussion and analysis of the programme, where each item of expenditure is reviewed and approved. Each year, the performance director drafts a Performance Plan and Budget designed to meet the objectives of Irish Performance Sailing based on an annual review of the Pathway Programmes from Junior to Olympic level. The plan is then presented to the Olympic Steering Group (OSG) where it is independently assessed and the budget is agreed. The OSG closely monitors the delivery of the plan ensuring it meets the agreed strategy, is within budget and in line with operational plans. The performance director communicates on an ongoing basis with the OSG throughout the year, reporting formally on a quarterly basis.

Due to the specialised nature of Performance Sport, Irish Sailing established an expert sub-committee which is referred to as the Olympic Steering Group (OSG). The OSG is chaired by Patrick Coveney and its objective is centred around winning Olympic medals so it oversees the delivery of the Irish Sailing’s Performance plan.

At Junior level (U15) sailors learn not only to be a sailor but also an athlete. They develop the discipline required to keep a training log while undertaking fitness programmes, attending coaching sessions and travelling to competitions. During the winter Regional Squads take place and then in spring the National Squads are selected for Summer Competitions. As sailors move into Youth level (U19) there is an exhaustive selection matrix used when considering a sailor for entry into the Performance Academy. Completion of club training programmes, attendance at the performance seminars, physical suitability and also progress at Junior and Youth competitions are assessed and reviewed. Once invited in to the Performance Academy, sailors are given a six-month trial before a final decision is made on their selection. Sailors in the Academy are very closely monitored and engage in a very well planned out sailing, training and competition programme. There are also defined international benchmarks which these sailors are required to meet by a certain age. Biannual reviews are conducted transparently with the sailors so they know exactly where they are performing well and they are made aware of where they may need to improve before the next review.

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