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Irish Laser Championship Winners Crowned at Royal Cork– Photos Here

20th August 2017
Overall winner in the Laser Standard Finn Lynch (centre) is presented with his prize by (left) John Roche Admiral Royal Cork and sponsors Mark Whitaker of Volvo. Scroll down for photo gallery of prizewinners Overall winner in the Laser Standard Finn Lynch (centre) is presented with his prize by (left) John Roche Admiral Royal Cork and sponsors Mark Whitaker of Volvo. Scroll down for photo gallery of prizewinners Credit: Bob Bateman

As the Irish Laser Championships started so did it end with consistent sailing rewarding day one leaders with overall victory at Royal Cork Yacht Club this afternoon.

Scroll down for Bob Bateman's prizegiving gallery.

A mix of mist and downpours brought the championships to a close at Crosshaven, where the prizegiving marked the special contribution of Belfast's Ron Hutchieson who retired as Class Secretary after forty years service to the class. 

Two final races were sailed outside Cork harbour today. However, the Radial fleet's second race was abandoned as the wind died. It was expected to fill in again but did so from a different direction thereby bringing backmarkers up to the leaders and so it was abandoned.

The National Yacht Club's Finn Lynch put Tokyo 2020 rival Liam Glynn, the former Topper World Champion, to the sword in the standard division with a string of wins. Third was Ronan Walsh of the host club. See the standard rig results here

Royal Cork's Luke McGrath stayed top of the Radials and he had 22–point margin over Sean Craig, a recent Radial rig convert, who took second place. The Royal St. George multi–champion was seven points clear of Dingle Sailing Club's Cunnane. Read the Radial results here.

In the 4.7 fleet, Jack Fahy also maintained his overall lead with a five point cushion and in a show of strength for the Royal St. George Yacht Club, another George helmsman, Tom Higgins, was second overall. Third was Michael Carroll from Kinsale YC. 4.7 results are here.

Laser Nats 17 PG 6072(Above and below) Bowing out – Ron Hutchieson (right) bids farewell to the Irish Laser class after forty years serviceLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Laser Nats 17 PG 6072A Laser Championships raffle prize was presented by Conor Mowlds of the National Maritime College to winner Cathal O'Regan

Laser Nats 17 PG 6072Second youth in the Standard Rig Johnny Durcan (above) shares a lighter moment (below) after his serious capsize incident in California this monthLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Laser Nats 17 PG 6072Molly Murphy, third Lady Radial Laser Nats 17 PG 6072Ella Hemeryck, second lady in the RadialsLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Frances Fox, first lady and fifth overall in the Radial fleetLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Royal Cork's Chris Bateman - sixth in the RadialLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Laser Nats 17 PG 6072Dingle's Paddy Cunnane third in Radial and second youthLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Royal St. George's Sean Craig was second in the RadialLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Royal Cork's Luke McGrath was Radial winner and first Youth too
Laser Nats 17 PG 6072Eddie Rice was the Standard Fleet Master winnerLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Royal Cork's Nick Walsh was second in the Master divisionLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Ronan Walsh was the standard youth winner and third overall Laser Nats 17 PG 6072Ballyholme's Liam Glynn Standard was runner up in the Standard RigLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Royal St. George's Tom Higgins was second in the 4.7 FleetLaser Nats 17 PG 6072Kinsale's Michael Carroll was third in the 4.7 fleetLaser Nats 17 PG 6072The National Yacht Club's Clare Gorman was the 4.7 Lady winner and fourth overall

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The ILCA, formerly known as the Laser, is the most produced boat in the world, with 220,000 units built since 1971.

It's easy to see why the single-handed dinghy has won the title of the most widely distributed boat of all time.

The Laser is a one-design dinghy, the hulls being identical but three rigs that can be used according to the size and weight of the sailor.

The class is international, with sailors from 120 countries. The boat has also been an Olympic class since 1996, being both the men's and women's singlehanded dinghy.

Three rigs are recognised by the International Laser Class Association (ILCA):

  • ILCA 4: sail of 4.70m2
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Designer Bruce Kirby & Ian Bruce

Year 1969

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