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Lough Derg Yacht Club Wish 'Bon Voyage' to Laser Champion Aisling Keller as She Departs for Tokyo

27th August 2018
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Radial Champion Aisling Keller leading a race at Lough Derg Radial Champion Aisling Keller leading a race at Lough Derg Photo: Deirdre Horgan

Aisling Keller made her home club Lough Derg Yacht Club proud by winning the Laser National Championships over four days sailing, winning six out of nine races, as Afloat.ie reported earlier here.

Con Murphy, the International Race Officer in charge of the event, had a challenging time getting nine races in over the four days, with Saturday having to be cancelled due to lack of wind.

Aisling, who came to sailing on the lake through the schools sailing programme, started by Liam Maloney, then headmaster of Carrig NS, rose through the ranks very quickly, as did her brother Eoin who also won this event in 2011 in LDYC.

Aisling, who hopes to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, is heading to Tokyo next week to take part in the World Cup, followed by Olympic Week also at the same venue. She is a carded athlete for 2018 as a result of her under–21 European Championship second-place result and hopes to retain her funding in 2019.

Below LDYC supporters at Dromineer carry Aisling from Lough Derg following her national championships win on Sunday:

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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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