This weekend the Royal St George Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is hosting the President’s Cup and Hansa National Championships.
Inaugurated by Paralympian John Twomey this Irish interprovincial regatta is the highlight of the Sailability calendar. Promoted by Sailability Ireland, this competition is to provide anyone with a disability from the 32 counties of Ireland the opportunity to compete on the water and experience the joys of sailing.
Despite the challenging conditions, there was no stopping these determined competitors getting out on the water and completing three races in each fleet.
After day one, the Ulster team of two Squibs, a Hansa and a 2.4m are leading. With Munster hot on their tail, it’s all to sail for tomorrow.
Leading the fleet of 18 Hansas is Emile Moisy (Munster) with two wins. Cara O‘Sullivan (Munster) and Lucy Kinner (Ulster) in close pursuit. Kevin Downing’s Munster crew lead the eight-boat Squib fleet just ahead of Miriam Quinn’s crew (Leinster) and David Johnstone’s crew (Connaught). John Patrick (Ulster) achieved three wins in the highly competitive 2.4 fleet.
A big thanks to all the volunteers, in particular, the team of buddy sailors, rib drivers, race officers and all those who have provided a helping hand behind the scenes.