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Irish Junior Success at UK Laser Championships

30th July 2012
Irish Junior Success at UK Laser Championships

Dun Laoghaire's Conor O'Beirne of the Royal St George YC won the Laser 4.7 UK Championships in Abersoch at this week-long regatta. Sailed in a variety of conditions from heavy to medium shifty conditions with a few light races thrown in for good measure O'Beirne finished with a 10-point margin and a race to spare. The event included an Irish representation of eight sailors, all of whom were competive in the fleet. Aisling Keller of LDYC challenged for the lead up to the final day, finishing a close third overall. At the mid-point, Irish sailors occupied five of the top ten places. Sorcha Ni Shuilleabhain of KYC finished in the top ten with Eric Ruigrok RSC placing 15th. Overall the Irish sailors finished strongly with most well inside the top half which bodes well for Irish Laser sailing into the future.

In the Laser Radial fleet, Daragh O'Sullivan of KYC put together a very strong series, including three bullets, to finish fifth overall. Dan O'Beirne from RStGYC also sailed a consistent series with string of top ten finishes to place 9th overall.

The event also featured top twenty placings for Cian Cahill, RStGYC and Ryan Glynn, BYC with the majority of the rest of the Irish sailors showing well in the Gold Fleet. Considering the Radial class included two GBR Olympic campaigners in the fleet of almost 100 along with the RYA-funded GBR Radial squad of 14 sailors, Irish Radial sailors have a lot to be happy about.

The championships consisted of a 12 race series with the best 10 races to count over six days competition.

Laser 4.7 UK Champs Overall

Series PlaceSail NoHelmM/FCrewCategoryTallyUK Nats
1183231Conor O'BEIRNE GJ4.7-042I
2174568Will CREAVEN GY4.7-010W
3193620Aisling KELLERLGJ4.7-046I
4202458Hamish ECKSTEIN GJ4.7-023
5179795Sam MCKAY GY4.7-014
6191850Georgia BOOTHLGJ4.7-027
7195118Tom JOESBURY GJ4.7-030W
8201701Sophie HERITAGELGJ4.7-039
9165292Joe WOODLEY GJ4.7-008
10198435Sorcha NI SHUILLEABHAINLGY4.7-049I
11193494Jack ROCKETT GJ4.7-029
12151286Simon WEATHERSPOON GJ4.7-005
13161777Caitlin TWEEDLELGY4.7-007
14186262Josh ATHERTON GJ4.7-020
15197362Erica RUIGROKLGJ4.7-048I
16196999David HAW GJ4.7-032
17197899Karyna MANUELLGJ4.7-034
18180292Emily GENTLGJ4.7-015
19185978Rupert DANIELS GY4.7-019
20193576Craig CAMPBELL GY4.7-045
21198827Jacob FARREN-PRICE GJ4.7-036
22186695Sophie TAYLORLGY4.7-021S
2319617Hanna BRANTLSJ4.7-017
24192861Andrew LEVIE GY4.7-044I
25130583Verity HOPKINSLSY4.7-003
26189216Scott O'SULLIVAN GJ4.7-043I
27178210Sam TWEEDLE SJ4.7-013
28149321Harry COBBY SY4.7-009
29196243Lucy BURROWSLGY4.7-047I
30119333Fred WARREN-SMITH SY4.7-002
31185655Sam CHILTON SJ4.7-018
32153740Chelsea JACKSONLSY4.7-006W
33191038Sam THOMAS SJ4.7-025W
34189370Edward DOWNES SY4.7-024W
35197705Aimee O'BRIENLSJ4.7-033
36187491Ollie TAIT SJ4.7-022
37191693James EADY SJ4.7-026
38180777Harriet PHILO POWELLLSJ4.7-016
39201836Tom FENEMORE SJ4.7-040
40199271Fiona HARRINGTONLSY4.7-037
41191794James WILLIAMS SY4.7-035W
42200748Tai THOMAS-DAY SJ4.7-038
43192517Rosie POVALLLSY4.7-028
44136198Steph HARDINGLSY4.7-050
45186068Poppy DANIELLSJ4.7-041
46196381Melissa BRADYLSJ4.7-031S
47176716Tadhg O'FARRELL SJ4.7-011
48133335Millie HOPKINSLSJ4.7-004
49118465Melissa COULTON-MCCULLOUGHLSJ4.7-001
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At A Glance – Laser Dinghy Specifications

Designer Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce

Year 1969

Crew 1
Draft 0.787 m (2 ft 7.0 in)
Hull weight 58.97 kg (130.0 lb)
LOA 4.2 m (13 ft 9 in)
LWL 3.81 m (12 ft 6 in)
Beam 1.39 m (4 ft 7 in)
Mainsail area 7.06 m2 (76.0 sq ft)

Racing D-PN 91.1 RYA PN 1088 PHRF 217

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