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Youth Sailing Titles Decided at Royal Cork Yacht Club

28th April 2019
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Youth Sailing Titles Decided at Royal Cork Yacht Club

In Cork Harbour, five youth national sailing titles were decided at the four-day Irish Sailing Youth Championships hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven though Storm Hannah disrupted the event programme writes Bob Bateman.

Ferguson victory in 420

In a commanding performance, defending champions Nicola and Fiona Ferguson from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire won the double-handed 420 class counting no fewer than five race wins.

Although hopes were high that the high winds would ease sufficiently on Saturday afternoon, near gale force gusts continued into the evening. However, light winds on the final day allowed every class to sail between two and four races each to complete their championship series.

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McMahons Win in Radial

Howth brother and sister Jamie and Eve McMahon emerged on top in the singlehanded Laser. Both were competing in the single-handed Radial event where Jamie won the class and Eve finished as best girl in fifth overall out of 27 entries.

The pair qualify to be part of the Ireland squad at the Youth World Sailing Championships in Poland this July subject to Eve achieving a qualifying result at an international regatta next week.

"Host club victory went to Cillian Foster in the single-handed Laser 4.7"

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4.7 result for Foster

Host club victories went to Cillian Foster in the single-handed Laser 4.7 (subject to protest) while in the single-handed Topper 5.3 event while Darragh Collins was the winner, second was Oisin MacSweeney and Lola Kohl took third.

Dwyer Matthews Wins in Oppies

The series was also a selection trials event for the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland to decide the national squads for international events this season. Cork's James Dwyer Matthews who won the weekend's event tops the list 28 and will lead the world championship team.

Full results are here

Scroll down for photo gallery of today's action. Prizegiving photos are here.

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