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All Change for Northern Ireland Topper Sailors at Weymouth National Championships

10th August 2022
Northern Ireland Topper sailor Luke Simpson
Northern Ireland Topper sailor Luke Simpson Credit: RYANI

It’s all change at the UK Topper 5.3 Nationals at Weymouth now that the fleet has been split into Gold and Silver.

Some of the Northern Ireland sailors who were making quite an impression in the huge fleet haven’t fared so well today in the slightly brisker breeze.

Tom and Bobby Driscoll from Ballyholme in Bangor were lying third and fourth before the split and now have dropped back to 10th and 17th in the 55-strong Gold Fleet after three races.

Bobby had a disappointing Race 1 when he was OCS. But climbing up the order is Luke Simpson of County Antrim BC at Whitehead on Belfast Lough who is lying third overall going into the penultimate day.

Also in contention is Cormac Byrne from Strangford Sailing Club who lies eighth and two places behind is Autumn Halliday of Strangford Lough YC.  At 25th is Emily McAfee of Ballyholme.

In the Silver fleet, Isabel Nixon of Ballyholme and Donaghadee is putting up a good show and lies 8th.

The 4.2 fleet had 25 starters and here Hugo Boyd of Ballyholme finished 8th overall.

Race Results

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Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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