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Cork all the Way in Student Keelboat National Selection Series at Howth

31st March 2019
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The successful Cork Institute of Technology team at the Student Yachting Selection Trials at Howth over the weekend were (left to right) Ewan O’Keeffe, Mark Murphy, Morgan Knight, Harry Durcan (helmsman) and Grattan Roberts, with Commodore Ian Byrne HYC, and Race Officer Scorie Walls The successful Cork Institute of Technology team at the Student Yachting Selection Trials at Howth over the weekend were (left to right) Ewan O’Keeffe, Mark Murphy, Morgan Knight, Harry Durcan (helmsman) and Grattan Roberts, with Commodore Ian Byrne HYC, and Race Officer Scorie Walls

The annual selection trials for the Irish team for the Student Yachting Worlds in France this Autumn has seen two days of superb racing over the weekend in Howth, with no complaints of lack of wind for the Howth YC flotilla of J/80s. Race Officer Scorie Walls put through a demanding programme, and as college teams from all over the country fell by the wayside, it became clear that it was going to be Cork on top at the finish, but which Cork team would it be?

In the end, Cork Institute of Technology with the renowned Harry Durcan as their helm had it by just one point from University College Cork. CIT have form and then some in this special international event – Nicholas "Nin” O’Leary was the CIT skipper when they were overall winners in 2009.

SYWOC 2Sporting losers – the University College Cork team missed the title by just one point after a very intense series

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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