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Howth Yacht Club's Hugh Turvey Takes Early Lead At 189–Boat Optimist Nationals

17th August 2017
Optimist sailors from across Ireland– and the UK– have gathered at the RIYC for the National Championships on Dublin Bay Optimist sailors from across Ireland– and the UK– have gathered at the RIYC for the National Championships on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat.ie

Howth Yacht Club's Hugh Turvey has taken an early lead at the Optimist National Championships on Dublin Bay.

The fourteen–year–old has worked out a decent margin in light winds after only two races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Turvey counts a first and a second to be six points clear of two Royal Cork Yacht Club entries tied on nine points where Michael Crosbie leads Harry Pritchard. Another RCYC sailor, Harry Twomey, lies fourth on 11–points. The National Yacht Club's Conor Gorman on 14 points rounds out the top five of the 65–boat main fleet.

74 sailors are competing in the Junior fleet and just under 50 sailors in the regatta fleet. Full results are here

Racing continues tomorrow. 

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