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The Howth Yacht Club Laser dinghy Frostbites starts on Sunday, 5th November.

Two races are planned each Sunday starting at 10:45. The Laser series runs until March 10th 2018 with the 'famous' Round The Island Race to close out the winter programme.

Entry now open online here.

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Aoife Hopkins finished 21st in the Senior European Laser Championships that concluded today in Barcelona. Rio Olympian Finn Lynch, in the men's standard rig division, finished in 33rd.

There was a slight delay in the launching as once again the weather repeated the pattern of the previous days and the sailors had to wait for wind.

Two races were completed In a strong thermal breeze which was a relief to the sailors after the light tricky conditions of the last few days.

Nick Thompson (GBR) took line honours in the men's standard rig followed closely by Francesco Marria (ITA) and Andrew McKenzie (NZL).

In the women's radial fleet Marit Bowmester (NED) the current World Champions and Rio Olympic gold medalist once again dominated. She was followed by Rio silver medalist Anna-Marie Rindom (DEN) with Vasileia Karachaliou (GRE) in third.

The radial men's line up was Marcin Rudawski (POL) followed by Marcelo Cairo Assenza (GRE) and Dimitris Papadimitriou (ESP).

The young Irish team had some exceptional performances in a fleet dominated by seasoned campaigners. The championship consists of the Europeans (European sailors only) and an open event. This event is considered significant by Sport Ireland and sailors are judged on this European result. In Gold Fleet, Aoife Hopkins, who has yet to turn 19, from Howth Yacht Club finished in 21st (23rd open event) with a 6th position in her first race of the day. 22–year–old Rio Olympian Finn Lynch in the men's standard rig division finished in 33rd in the Europeans (37th open event) and also had a good first race scoring a 12th. Ronan Wallace in the men's radial division finished in 43rd (42nd open).

In the silver division (men's standard rig) 18–year–old Ewan McMahon from Howth Yacht Club in his first senior event finished up 4th silver (61st Europeans and 67th open). Aisling Keller from Lough Derg following an unfortunate protest that pushed her from the bottom of gold fleet into the silver fleet sailed at the top of the fleet and finished up 2nd silver (41st Europeans and 47th open). Sally Bell had a better day today scoring an excellent 15th in her first race today and finished 79th in the Europeans (87th open).

This is a critical year in the Irish teams development and they will be training hard all winter in preparation for the Olympic Qualifying event in Aarhus next summer.

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Day five of the Senior European Laser Championships in Barcelona started with the usual postponement as the sailors waited for the thermal breeze to build. It was another tricky day with light winds, big shifts and a large sea swell.

Ireland's gold fleet sailors had a mixed day. Race 1 was reasonably light with a big sea swell. Aoife Hopkins from Howth Yacht Club came out of the traps fighting hard and was rewarded with a 15th placing. The breeze built a little for Race 2 and her score wasn't as good with a 34th (discarded). She is now 20th in European Championships (European sailors only) and 22nd in the open event and meaning the young Tokyo 2020 aspirant is currently Ireland's top performer.

Over in the men's standard rig fleet fleet Rio Olympian Finn Lynch of the National Yacht Club had his toughest day yet scoring a 53rd & 41st. His overall pacing has dropped slightly to 38th in European Championship and 42nd in the open event.

Ireland's only other gold fleet sailor Ronan Wallace of Waterford Harbour also didn't have the luck of the Irish on his side and started the day with a black flag, but recovered slightly with a 44th in the second race. leaving him 49th in the European Championship and 50th overall.

In Silver fleet, Aisling Keller Lough Derg Yacht Club had her best day yet starting off with a bullet in race 1 and concluding with a 7th leaving her 55th in the European Champions and 51st overall (6th silver).

In the men's standard rig Silver fleet Ewan McMahon of Howth Yacht after a great day yesterday failed to find his momentum and scored a 16th & 39th leaving him 62nd in the European Championships and 69th overall (6th Silver)

18 year old Sally Bell from Royal North Yacht Club continues to gain valuable experience in her first senior event which will benefit her for many years to come.

The Senior European Championship concludes tomorrow and two races are planned with a second discard due to take effect after the first race tomorrow.

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19–year–old Aoife Hopkins from Howth Yacht Club started the her first day in gold fleet at the Laser European Championships in Barcelona with a mid-fleet result in race one followed by a 31st (discarded) in race two. Hopkins currently lies 20th overall in the 90 boat fleet.

Today’s racing started with a postponement, as the gradient wind that had been there from early morning died away. The sailors settled in and waited for the thermal wind to come in eventually launching at 2:30pm to light shifty conditions.

The Irish sailors that had made Gold fleet discovered that the rumours are true – it is indeed tough at the top! 

Rio Olympian Finn Lynch from the National Yacht Club in the Men’s standard rig fleet scored a 54th (discarded) and 33rd and currently lies 31st overall in the 125 boat fleet. Ireland only other gold fleet competitor Ronan Wallace in the men’s radial division is currently scored DNC on the score sheet.

A protest yesterday pushed Aisling Keller from Lough Derg Yacht Club into silver fleet in the women’s radial. Aisling scored a 38th and an 18th leaving her 59th overall. Sally Bell in her first senior European event scored a 45th and 44th . In the men’s standard rig Ewan McMahon also in his first senior event enjoyed some racing at the top of silver fleet to score a 12th and a 4th bringing him up the score sheet nicely to 65th overall.

Results are here.

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Dublin sailors Aoife Hopkins and Finn Lynch currently lead Irish hopes at the Laser European Championships in Barcelona after a delayed start this week. 

Racing started yesterday with two races completed. Yesterday was cloudy and the sailors launched in a light drizzle with a 10-15kt breeze.

By the time racing began the wind had dropped to 7 knots and further to 5 knots or less for the 2nd race. The conditions were described as shifty, gusty and tricky by the competitors.

Lynch, in the mens full rig division, scored a 4th and a 14th leaving him 12th overall after day one. Hopkins, in the women's radial, scored a 15th and a 7th and lay 18th overall going into the second day.

Today was a different day entirely and the day dawned bright and sunny which brought a thermal wind. Trying to make up for the races missed on day one, the race committee planned three races.

Howth Yacht Club's Hopkins scored a 5th, 5th and 12th ending the day lying in 11th overall. A fantastic achievement for the first year Trinity Maths student who won the U21 Euros this season. 

The National Yacht Club's Lynch scored a 19th, 19th and 23rd, leaving him 32nd overall after a two-place drop on protest.

Aisling Keller, who has been sailing full-time for the last year and has now returned to education studying Physiotherapy in Trinity College, dropped from 43rd to 49th place after protest yesterday evening and will now sail in the Silver fleet.

Other Irish sailors in the radial fleets are Sally Bell at 69th and, in the Men’s radial, Ronan Wallace at 33rd.

Ewan McMahon enjoying his first standard rig event, having recently moved from the radial, lies 70th overall in this highly competitive fleet.

The qualifying series has now been concluded and tomorrow sailors will be divided into Gold and Silver fleets. Hopkins, Lynch, Keller and Wallace have all made the Gold fleet cut in their respective fleets. However with 3 days more of racing it’s still all to play for at the European Championships. See the latest standings HERE.

This post was amended at 11am on Friday 6 October to reflect position changes after protest.

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Stoppages in Catalonia after independence poll violence has affected the Laser European Championships in Barcelona today. 

Irish sailors, including Aoife Hopkins, who won the U21 Euro title in July, competing at the event are staying about eight km from the centre of Barcelona.

Hopkins, who was delayed getting to the venue because of a cancelled Ryanair flight, took to social media 'to let everyone know, the Irish sailors are all safe and well'.

Hopkins along with Aisling Keller and Sally Bell will compete in the womens's Radial division when racing resumes tomorrow.

Finn Lynch and Ewan McMahon are slated for the mens standard class competition.

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Royal St. George's Sean Craig finished tenth at the Laser Masters World Championships in Split, Croatia. The Dublin Radial competitor is counting the cost of a U flag after he finished fifth in race four in his 37–boat division which meant he had to count a 17h place in his score tally. Craig ended the regatta with a solid third place today.

The regatta lost three fully days due to light winds, only getting seven races in six days. The hope is that winds will blow a little stronger when the Laser World Master Championships come to Dublin Bay next September. 

The Irish team competed in two divisions. Results are downloadable below.

Royal Cork's Nick Walsh was 24th overall from 69 in the Mens Standard division, Theo Lyttle was 35th and Ed Rice was 53rd. Paul Keane was 58th and Kevin Currier was 59th.

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Royal St. George's Sean Craig leads Irish hopes at the Laser Masters World Championships. The Dublin Radial competitor lies sixth in his 37–boat division after three races sailed in Split, Croatia.

The Irish team are competing in three divisions. Results are downloadable below.

Royal Cork's Nick Walsh is 26th from 69 in the Mens Standard division, Theo Lyttle is 34th and Paul Keane 58th. Ed Rice is 57 and Kevin Currier is 61st. 

The 350-strong fleet, divided evenly between Laser Standard and Laser Radial, went afloat mid-morning on the tail end of a northerly Bora wind. The sailors patiently waited for the forecasted 6 to 7 knot south westerly wind to arrive at 14:00. Both fleets sailed on different courses and were further divided into groups of 10 years, starting from 35 years +10 through to 75 years +. These sailors are affectionately known as the “Legends,” sailing only in the Laser Radial Great Grand Masters (65+) fleet.

Both courses set off racing at about the same time as the wind built to 10 knots by 15:00. The breeze peaked at 16:00 with 12 knots, before it started to die away by 17:00, causing several of the races to be shortened.

The Laser Radial Great Grand Masters fleet exemplified sailing as a “Sport for Life” today. Among the 62 sailors in this fleet are 17 “Legends,” including Deidre Webster from Canada. In the front end of the fleet, Legend Kerry Waraker from Australia is sitting in second, behind fellow countryman Rob Lowndes. Cork's Denis O'Sullivan (80) is 56th.

In the Laser Standard Master fleet, Australian Brett Bayer is still at the top of his game in the 69-competitor group, with a 1-point lead over

Peter Hurley and Ernesto Rodrigues both from USA. The Grand Master Canadians Allan Clarke and Andy Roy sandwich second place held by Tomas Nordqvist from Sweden.

Racing is scheduled for the reserve day tomorrow, due to the four lost races from the first two days of the Championships. A late afternoon breeze is forecasted.

The 2017 Laser Masters World Championships are being held from September 24 to 30.

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Irish Laser sailor Conor Quinn, from Rostrevor and a member of Carlingford Lough Yacht Club (CLYC) and Rush Sailing Club (RSC) is on his way to China this December as the as the sole Irish Laser Radial representative at the Under–19 Youth Sailing World Championships in China in December.

Part of the RYANI Performance Academy, Quinn also trains with the Irish Sailing (ISA) Youth Academy.

Further to Quinn’s impressive sailing efforts this summer, he also secured a place at Newcastle University to study Accounting & Finance, a course in which he embarks on in the coming weeks.

Receiving the prestigious nomination for China tops a successful summer for the young sailor, having also represented Ireland at the European Championships in Gdynia, Poland and the World Championships in Medemblik, Holland, at which he finished 31st and 32nd place respectively in a highly competitive field from over 50 countries.

“I hope to continue my good run of form into China and am hungry for further success on the international stage, Quinn told

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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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