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ILCA 4/Laser 4.7 World Youth competitors launched at Dun Laoghaire with 18-20 knot southwesterly winds, but the 30-knot gusts that blew through the Dublin Bay racecourses were the true test for the 229 boats taking part in the first day of the final series of racing.

With the qualifying series complete at the National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Club hosted event the sailors were divided into Gold and Silver fleets in both the boy's and girl's divisions.

229 sailors are competing from 31 different countries for the overall prize.

Another change at the top of the leader board in the Girl's fleet tonight was well earned after Emma Mattivi (ITA) scored an impressive 2, 1 today to move one point clear of Petra Marednic (CRO). Gaia Bolzonella (ITA) moved from 4th overnight top 3rd overall with a strong and consistent 1, 3 and as we look to tomorrow, its all to play for.

Tralee Bay's Eimer McMorrow Moriarty is top Irish Girl in (38th). Anna O'Connor (40th) is hot on her heels in the Girl's gold fleet.

In the boy's division Martins Atilla (LAT) moved from second to first with a solid performance to record a 1, 5. Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) slipped back to second overall with a 7, 14 showing just how difficult it was to find the podium today. Massimiliano Antoniazzi (ITA) climbed several places with a 2, 4.

Rocco Wright representing Howth Yacht Club holds onto the position of top-performing Irish boy in 53rd. Archie Daly (58th) and James Dwyer (65th) make up the top three Irish boys.

Strong and gusty conditions are forecast for the penultimate day's racing tomorrow before the final day on Saturday.

The organisers say the Championships is one of the largest international sporting events taking place in Ireland this year. 

Boys results are here for and girls here

Racing continues from 10:30 am 

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Day three of the ILCA4/Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships and more changes at the top of the leader board in the boy's division as the competition reaches the half-way stage.

Less than 10 points separate the top three sailors with Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) now top of the leaderboard with an impressive 1, 6 in today's racing.

Best of the Irish is Howth Yacht Club's Rocco Wright moving up into 27th place after six qualifying races sailed in the 150-boat fleet.

Boys Overall: 1st Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE) 17pts, 2nd Martins Atilla (LAT) 21pts, 3rd Antonio López Martínez (ESP) 26pts, 4th Joan Ravie (ESP) 32pts, 5th Omer Vered Vilenchikm (ISR) 35pts.

Winds are to strengthen tomorrow but as they are forecast to remain offshore and westerly in direction, watching out for wind shifts will be an important race strategy for Dublin Bay.

Marednic leads girls division

Petra Marednic (CRO) has a firm hold on the top spot in the girl's divisions.

Marednic continues to steal the show with another two first-place finishes. She ends the qualifying series with 7 points from 5 scoring races.

As impressive as this is, Emma Mattivi (ITA) is hot on Petras heels and is on 12 points, with Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP) holding on close behind in 3rd with 15points.

The top Irish is Eimer Mcmorrow Moriarty in 38th place in the 80-boat fleet

Girls Overall: 1st Petra Marednic (CRO) 7pts, 2nd Emma Mattivi (ITA) 12pts, 3rd Claudia Adán Lledó (ESP) 15pts, 4th Gaia Bolzonella (ITA) 23pts, 5th Roos Wind (NED) 25pts.

229 boys and girls are competing from 31 different countries for the overall prize that is being hosted jointly by the harbour's National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Clubs

The organisers say it is one of the largest international sporting events taking place in Ireland this year. 

Boys results are here for and girls here

Racing continues from 10:30 am with the first of the final series races

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A second day of light and shifty moderate winds completed two more qualifying rounds at the Laser/ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

According to provisional results, the 149 boat boy's division is being led overnight by Spain's Joan Ravie followed by Alexandros Eleftheriadis of Greece with  Daniel Cardona Balsa (ESP) staying third.

The top Irish performer in the boys fleet is Howth Yacht Club Optimist ace Rocco Wright who took a seventh in race four to be 51st overall.

Ravie showed real class to take two first-place finishes to move to the of the leader board.

A lighter breeze of 8-10 kts started the day at 245 degrees and backed around through to 150 as the day progressed.

The girl's division is led by Croatia's Petra Marednic with Emma Mattiv (ITA) in second and Spain's Claudia Adán Lledó (CRO) is lying third. The top Irish girl is Anna O'Connor in 36th place in the 80-boat fleet.

The reigning ILCA 4 Girls European Champion and leader from the opening day, Annemijn Algra (NED) slipped to sixth.

229 boys and girls are competing from 31 different countries for the overall prize that is being hosted jointly by the harbour's National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Clubs

The organisers say it is one of the largest international sporting events taking place in Ireland this year. 

Both boys and girls divisions have completed a full schedule of four races on separate Dublin Bay race courses

Both divisions compete for another day in the qualifying series and a further three days in the finals series to eventually decide who will be crowned the 2021ILCA 4.7 World Champion.

Boys results are here for and girls here

Racing continues from 10:30 am with three final qualifying races

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Dun Laoghaire Harbour is filled with sails this week as 229 boys and girls compete at the Laser/ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships hosted jointly by the harbour's National Yacht Club and Royal St. George Yacht Clubs

Youth competitors from 31 different countries are taking part in the event which, say the organisers, makes it one of the largest international sporting events taking place in Ireland this year. 

Both boys and girls divisions completed a full schedule of two races on separate Dublin Bay race courses today in shifty 10 to 15  knots of breeze from the South West.

Best of the Irish boys was local Archie Daly who finished the day 38th in a fleet of 149 competitors. Tralee Bay's Eimer Mcmorrow Moriarty in 21st place in a fleet of 80 is the best of the girls. 

The girl's division is provisionally being led overnight by Annemijn Algra (NED) with Emma Mattivi (ITA) in second and Petra Marednic (CRO) is lying third.

Annemijn Algra from the Netherlands (NED), who is leading the girls division overnight comes with high hopes after winning the European Championships, which was part of the 132nd Travemünde Week in Germany only 10 days ago.

A fleet of 240 boys and girls rigged and ready to sail from the Carlisle Pier at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Competitors from 31 countries are contesting the Laser ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships at Dun Laoghaire Harbour this weekSome of the fleet of 240 boys and girls rigged and ready to sail from the Carlisle Pier at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Competitors from 31 countries are contesting the Laser ILCA 4.7 Youth World Championships on Dublin Bay this week. See vid below

The boy's division is provisionally being led overnight by Martins Atilla (LAT) with Daniel Cardona Balsa (ESP) Alp Hosgör (TUR) is lying third.

First U16 Girl is Signe Brinkert (NED) and Boy is Alexandros Eleftheriadis (GRE).

Both divisions compete for two more days in a qualifying series and a further three days in the finals series to eventually decide who will be crowned the 2021ILCA 4.7 World Champion.

Boys results are here for and girls here

Racing continues tomorrow from 10:30 am

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It says everything about Eve McMahon's big-fleet sailing skills that she emerged as the clear winner of the Laser Radial Youth Worlds Girls Division on Lake Garda on Saturday, July 31st with a generally consistent scoreline which would have done credit to a mature and seasoned campaigner in a senior event.

Yet it was difficult for Eve to keep the head down and work quietly but steadily towards gaining, maintaining, losing and then regaining the overall lead, as her every movement in a boat speaks eloquently of sailing genius. This inevitably made her the target helm for the rest of the remarkably international fleet, but in the end her star quality shone through in true champion's style.

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Classic Lake Garda conditions returned for the penultimate day of the 2021 ILCA 6 Youth Worlds that saw Howth's Eve McMahon back on top of the leaderboard. 

Results are tight and the forecast is good for the final day of the championship tomorrow.

McMahon now leads by five points from Czech Republic's Alessia Palanti on 28 points. 

The top two have a gap of 19 points on Anja Von Allmen in third on 47 points in the 55-boat gold fleet.

The Facebook video below shows the powerful form of McMahon at mark one of race 3 of the Girls Gold Fleet.

Download results pdf below

 

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Howth’s Eve McMahon managed to stay in second overall after Thursday’s first two finals races in the Laser Youth Worlds on Lake Garda even with missing out on the first race with a DNC.

She came back with a third in race F2, and despite now having to carry her eighth in one of the qualifiers - which had been her discard going into the finals sequence - her net points of 17.0 put her 7 points ahead of third-placed Anja von Allmen of Switzerland, and 5 points astern of overall leader Alessua Palanti of the Czech Republic.

The pace and consistency at the top of the fleet of 54 helms in the Girls Gold Division is ferocious. Aside from McMahon’s DNC, the lowest race placing in the top five has been a 27th, and a significant majority of their results have been in single figures.

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Volatile weather in northern Italy is adding to the drama in the huge fleet racing the current Laser/ILCA Youth Worlds on Lake Garda. The threat of sudden and violent winds making if difficult for competitors and organisers alike to keep their cool as thunderstorms rumble around majestic peaks which make your average Irish mountain look like a foothill.

Yet despite all this and a fleet of 108 helms in the Girls Division, Howth’s Eve McMahon has been bearing up to the pressure of being the “target sailor”, a position she inevitably took on after winning the first two races, as Afloat reported earlier here.

Even though she slipped to a fifth in the third race, she continues two points clear overall of Switzerland’s Anja von Sllmen, and three on the Czech Republic’s Alessia Palanti.

Racing continues until Saturday - as and when electric storms permit.

Full results here

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Bruce Kirby, designer of the Laser single-handed dinghy passed away earlier this week and the Dublin Bay Laser fleet certainly gave him a fitting send-off.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the official unveiling of the Laser dinghy in the 1971 New York Boat Show. Dublin Bay’s burgeoning Laser fleet had planned the 50th-anniversary event to coincide with the first race of local hero Annalise Murphy in the Tokyo 2020 games. However, their unique event also coincided with the week when Bruce Kirby aged 92 passed away.

The one-day commemorative event, sponsored by Grant Thornton, consisted of five sprint races in the heart of Dublin Bay. Race Officer, Howth’s Richard Kissane was faced with unenviable winds of 2kts at 9 am on Sunday morning. However, the sailing gods were looking down on the race team and by first gun a steady 10-12kts breeze had filled and remained in place for the afternoon.

Race Officer Richard Kissane with his race teamRace Officer Richard Kissane with his race team

A massive 75 boats turned out for this impromptu event which was organised at short notice. Purple ribbons adorned the top of each mast, in recognition of the passing of Laser royalty, Bruce Kirby. A massive 50th-anniversary birthday cake was baked by local baker and Laser sailor Shirley Gilmore. While renditions of Happy Birthday could be heard from the forecourt of host club the Royal Saint George Yacht Club, there was no doubt that the main event was taking place on the water.

Dublin Bay Laser 50th Anniversary winners with the 50th anniversary cake at the Royal St. George Yacht ClubDublin Bay Laser 50th Anniversary winners with the 50th anniversary cake at the Royal St. George Yacht Club

While Annalise Murphy is away in Tokyo and many of the younger Irish Laser sailors are on national duty in the ILCA Radial Youth World Championships in Lake Garda, this event was not short of serious talent. Irish team sailor and recent winner of the Laser Connacht Championships, Tom Higgins was on hand to set the pace for the Standard rig. The 2021 Laser Master Champion, Sean Craig, was determined to not let the “young guns” dominate too much. And meanwhile, the new 4.7 elite team with their coach Fionn Conway took the opportunity to get in practice ahead of the 4.7 World Championships taking place in Dun Laoghaire in under two weeks.

Tom Higgins - first StandardTom Higgins (left) - first in the Standard rig with Royal St. George Commodore Richard O'Connor

There were no surprises as Higgins dominated the Standard fleet taking bullets all five races. Peter Fagan valiantly challenged, but to no avail coming in with 8 points to Higgin’s final tally of 4, after one discard kicked in. Three masters, Ross O’Leary, Gavan Murphy and Gary O’Hare battled it out for the remainder of the spoils with O’Leary ultimately edging out Murphy by a single point, to take third overall.

Jack Fahy - first Male RadialJack Fahy - first Male Radial

The competition was fierce in the Radial fleet with over 30 boats of all ages and genders taking part. Local coach, Jack Fahy was unbeatable and set out to school the rest of the fleet occasions by port-tacking the fleet on not just one, but two separate starts! RSGYC’s Sean Craig fought hard to keep East Antrim’s Tom Coulter and NYC’s Adam Irvin out of second spot. Coulter ultimately took bronze with better consistency on the day than Irvin.

Judy O'Beirne - first Female RadialJudy O'Beirne - first Female Radial

In the ladies Radial fleet, Judy O’Beirne led the way, coming in as first lady, second Master and seventh overall. She was followed by fellow master and RSGYC club-member Shirley Gilmore in 11th. Third lady and first youth lady was Charlotte Eadie who travelled down with a large contingent of Laser and 4.7 sailors from Ballyholme. Almost half the Radial fleet was comprised of female sailors and in the 4.7 fleet, there was an exact 50/50 split between boys and girls. Surely there is no other sailing vessel where young and old, male and female can compete on such equal terms.

Eimer McMorrow Moriarty - first Female 4.7Eimer McMorrow Moriarty - first Female 4.7

In the 4.7 fleet, it was clear from race 1 that James Dwyer was the one to watch, finishing well clear of his nearest rival. After that it was straight bullets apart from a slip up in the fourth race where he dropped into second behind Eimer McMorrow Moriarty. McMorrow Moriarty had a battle royale with Christian Ennis for that second spot behind Dwyer. Ennis nailed second in the end with just one point separating the pair. The 4.7 fleet was nothing short of the future of Irish Laser sailing with the top four positions already hand-picked by Irish Sailing for training for the upcoming World Championships.

James Dwyer - first Male 4.7James Dwyer - first Male 4.7

Event organiser, Brendan Hughes, seemed satisfied with the event when he spoke to us afterwards. “The Laser epitomises why many of us love to sail. This is a sport for all ages and profiles as the Laser provides accessibility for sailors across the generations. Today brought out the best in our volunteer crew and we’re grateful to the RStGYC and Grant Thorton for supporting this initiative. We expect that Bruce Kirby will be smiling wherever he is knowing that his design continues to bring top competition and fun to sailors of all ages.” Full results are available here.

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Royal St George Yacht Club Sailor Tom Higgins put in an impressive performance to win all five races in the ILCA 7 (Laser standard) fleet and lift the winner's trophy at the Connaught championships. The event was hosted by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club in light breezes and hot and sunny weather.

To manage COVID risk, the event was capped at 100 sailors and was fully subscribed within days of opening. The large number of sailors who then went onto the waiting list in the hope of getting a place in the event attests to the popularity of the ILCA fleet in Ireland. With many high-performance sailors returning from international events, the standard was particularly high and made for exciting racing.

Second and third places in the ILCA7 (Laser standard) fleet were awarded to Jamie McMahon and Ewan McMahon, respectively. The two brothers from Howth Yacht Club managed to squeeze local sailor, Ronan Wallace of WHBTC, into fourth place. The master's category was won by Ross O'Leary of Royal St George, and the first youth sailor in the ILCA 7 was Kei Walker, also from the Royal St George.

In the ILCA 6 (Radial) fleet, the young Michael Crosbie of RCYC put in an impressive performance to lift the winner's trophy. Crosbie has recently returned from European Youth Radial Championships in Croatia, where he placed 32nd. Irish Academy sailor, Aoife Hopkins of Howth YC, finished second with young rising star, also of Howth Yacht Club, Eve McMahon finishing in 3rd. Eve also recently returned from the European Radial Youth Championships in Croatia where she finished with silver.

The scene at Wexford Harbour Boat Club for the Laser 'Connaught' ChampionshipsThe scene at Wexford Harbour Boat Club's dinghy park for the Laser 'Connaught' Championships

The first master in the ILCA 6 (Radial) fleet went to Sean Craig, who finished 9th overall. Craig, of the Royal St George, has had a fantastic season so far, being recently awarded the Afloat.ie "Sailor of the month for June 2021". He has been on top form, winning the Masters champs and the Ulster Champs within the last couple of months.

First prize for Lady Master in the ILCA 6 went to Shirley Gilmore of the Royal St George, who finished 15th overall, facing off strong competition from Alison Pigot of the National YC and placing impressively in a very strong fleet.

In the ILCA 4 (Laser 4.7 Fleet), the top 2 positions went to RCYC sailors, with James Dwyer finishing in first place and Darragh Collins taking silver. Krzysztof Ciborowski of Royal St George finished with Bronze.

The winner of the ILCA 4 fleet for the girls was Eimer McMorrow Moriarty of TBSC, with Isabel McCarthy of RCYC taking the second position and Hannah Dadley Young of Ballyhnolme YC placed the third girl.

Full results can be seen here

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