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This weekend the fourth annual Elmo Trophy took place in the Royal St George Yacht Club. This is a team racing event for teenagers aged up to nineteen–years old. This year sixteen teams from all around the country travelled to Dublin to compete.

On Saturday morning the sailors came down to rig the twelve George fireflies and a flight of TRs kindly donated to the event by Sutton Dinghy Club. Racing was postponed until the wind filled in and then the race committee successfully completed 58 races in challenging light and shifty conditions. The sailors finally got off the water at 5:15 pm after a long day of team racing in the blistering sunshine.

On Saturday evening 120 people gathered into the yacht club’s dining room for a formal dinner. Speeches were made thanking all the volunteers and parents who had helped throughout the day and in the run-up to the event, in particular to John Sheehy, who organised and coordinated the event alongside Elaine Malcolm.

On Sunday morning the suncream was administered and again the 16 teams took to the water to complete another round robin in their respective fleets; Gold, Silver and Bronze. After intensive racing, 8 teams made it into the final knock out stage. ‘The Reachers’ emerged victorious in the final and narrowly beat the team ‘Lasers’ in the last upwind in the third race of the final. ‘George Ezra’, one of the five teams from the Royal St. George Yacht Club, came third overall.

At the prize giving, Frank Elmes presented the trophy to the winning team, Tom Higgins, Clare Gorman, Peter Fagan, Nell Staunton, Jack Fahy and Sarah Seymour. The perpetual trophy was kindly donated by Sage Pay and is named after the late Graham Elmes, the founder of the Irish Team Racing Association.

Over the weekend 119 high-quality races of team racing were sailed. 

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The Annual Rambler 100 Team Racing Event was held on Sunday at Baltimore Sailing Club. This event encourages all young sailors to compete as helms or crew with a combined age of no more than 30 years. The competition sees two teams race - 2 boats versus 2 boats. Nearly 50 sailors signed up however, the early morning fog did nothing to dampen their spirits.

The trophy was very kindly donated by George David to commemorate the capsize and subsequent rescue of the Rambler 100 crew on August 15, 2011 off the Fastnet Rock. This was the 8th time the event had been contested and this year was just as competitive and exciting for all sailors and spectators.

Registration was held while everyone waited for the fog to lift. A race briefing was then held along with team announcements giving the sailors time to prepare their boats. Thankfully, the fog cleared and crews took to the race course in the harbour within sight of the pier. It was a hectic schedule of races - 30 races initially to complete the round robin before the semi finals and final races took place.

Rambler100 team racing topazThe Rambler100 team racing competition at Baltimore Sailing Club

There was a nail biting final (best of 3) with Eoin Horgan’s team winning two to secure their win but not before a broken mast delayed proceedings. After racing all sailors then headed for home to enjoy pizza and the prize giving in the Clubhouse. Commodore Niall O’Neill thanked everyone for their assistance in running the event with particular mention to Maria Coleman.

Third Place team - Keelin Greene (captain) with crew Emer O'Neill, Sarah O’Flynn (helm) with crew Jenya Kelly.

Second place team - Cillian Walsh (captain) with crew Jenny O”Brien, Katie O’Keeffe (helm) with crew Seamus Griffiths.

The winning team was Eoin Horgan (captain) with crew Jonjo Coleman, Richard Bushe (helm) with crew Richard Buckley.

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This years Colours match between UCD Sailing Club (UCD SC) and Dublin University Sailing Club (DUSC) was held on Saturday the 14th of April in Dublin City.

UCD SC successfully brought home the Colours trophy which was won by DUSC at last years Colours. With a newly introduced format as of last years competition the results of all the teams counted, and UCD 2 sealed the deal at the last minute securing the necessary result. UCDSC Commodore Roisin O’Brien along with her committee organised the one day event which took place on the Liffey.

UCD Sailing TeamThe UCD2 team left to right: Richard Flood, Daniel Raymond, Jack Higgins (keelboat Captain), Roisin O'Brien (Commodore), Patrick Cahill (Sailing Captain), Fionnuala Cahill

This win comes after a successful few weeks for UCDSC, winning the Silver fleet at the IUSA Inter-varsities, won overall by UCC, as well as UCD 1 coming third and attending the BUSA Championships in Scotland. UCD1 and UCD2 came 2nd and 3rd respectively, and UCC came1st, in the IUSA Student Yachting Nationals in Howth Yacht Club where UCC took home the trophy, also organised by UCDSC the weekend previous.

As the college sailing club breaks up for exams and the summer season the students now look forward to what next year brings.

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This weekend's Schools National Team Racing Championships 2018 at Schull in West Cork has been cancelled due to a strong winds forecast.

The 13–team event, open to qualified teams from regional events, has been rescheduled for September and will sail in Schull's own TR 3.6 dinghy fleet.

Southerly winds are forecast to reach 30 mph from midday on Saturday.

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The annual Irish University Sailing Association Intervarsity Team Racing Championship is the first major event to signal the new season, and 2018’s – at Kilrush on the weekend of March 9th to 11th – was vintage stuff. There were 28 teams taking part, including two from Scotland, in a series jointly organised by University College Cork and National University of Ireland Galway

In all, 194 sailors and supporters descended on the Shannon Estuary sailing mecca, and in a massive championship which saw 188 races being sailed, the final came down to Battle Royal in the excellent sailing conditions of a light to moderate westerly. This resulted in University College Cork 1 winning from the Scottish national team, Scottish Student Sailing, with UCD 1 placing third.

The organisation of an event of this scale is mind-boggling, but the multi-functonal Kilrush Marina’s many facilities were well able for it. Top skills were to be found afloat, where 28 different team captains had to keep their highly individualistic squads on message. Although it’s quintessentially a team event, inevitably it is the Captain of the winning team who is highlighted, and at Kilrush it was Brendan Lyden who led UCC 1 to victory and acclamation as “Sailor of the Month (Inshore)” for March 2018.

However, it being a team effort, it’s only fair to mention that the other two helms were Fionn Lyden and Aodh Kennedy, while the crews in the final were Jill McGinley, Sinead Barnett, and Lisa Smith. Next year’s event will be up on the lake at Blessington in West Wicklow, hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

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The Connacht Schools Team Racing Championships was in full swing at the Galway Ocean Sports Club over the weekend with competition between St. Enda's and Carraroe Schools that had NUIG sailing team racers in the mix too.

Galway City Sailing Club hosted the event that qualifies west of Ireland crews for the Irish Team Racing National Championships in Cork. 

Also on show at the event, and serving as the Committee Boat for the team racing, was the Port of Galway supported new NUIG Sailing keelboat (pictured above).

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A successful Irish University Sailing Association (IUSA) Intervarsity team racing championships concluded today at Kilrush Marina on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare.

To a bystander not familiar with team racing it may have appeared somewhat chaotic with lots of boats, whistle blowing and flags. Team racing encourages an indepth knowledge of the rules and the umpires did a fantastic job in ensuring racing went off smoothly. The round robin series consisting of one hundred and thirty seven races followed by twenty eight quarter final races were all completed on the first two days. On the final day's racing twenty three races were run to complete the semi finals and finals. Twenty eight teams representing eight Irish universities, two Scottish universities and one hundred and sixty eight competitors in total took part. Conditions on the final day were excellent for racing with a light to moderate westerly breeze.

Racing concluded with everyone off the water and tidyed up in time for the rugby match. Overall winners lifting the IUSA Plate were UCC 1. NUIG Galway, co-hosting with UCC for the first time reached the semi-finals in their fleet. Credit must go to the student organisers from both universities for an extremely well run event. Prizegiving takes place in the Temple Gate Hotel in Ennis this Saturday night.

The universities represented were National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), University College Cork (UCC), University of Limerick (UL), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin City University (DCU), Trinity College Dublin (TCU), Queens University Belfast (QUB), Stratclyde University (SU), Scottish Student Sailing (SSS).

Final Results:
Gold Fleet: 1st UCC 1, 2nd SSS 1, 3rd UCD 1
Silver Fleet: 1st UCD 2, 2nd UCC 3
Bronze Fleet: 1st DCU 1, 2nd UCC 4

Kathy Hynes NUIGSimon McGibney of Kilrush Marina with Kathy Hynes Development Officer for Clubs and Participation NUIG

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The 2018 Intervarsity team racing championships started yesterday at Kilrush Marina on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare. The event organisers for this year's event are NUIG Galway and UCC Sailing Team.

Conditions on day one were ideal for team racing with over twenty teams taking part representing colleges across Ireland, Northern Ireland and international teams from Strathclyde University in Scotland.

It was a busy day for the five umpires on the water and race organisers completed 87 races. The 180 students transferring on & off the water were cheered on by lots of local supporters.

Entertainment off the water for students taking a break between races included bouncy castles, sumo wrestling & a BBQ.

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Last weekend (24/25 February), Dublin University Sailing Club Women’s Team travelled to Glasgow to compete in the annual RYA BUSA Ladies Team Racing National Championships. It was the first time in years that Trinity has sent a team to this event. This years competition was hosted by Glasgow University Sailing Club and The University of Strathclyde Sailing Club. Racing took place over two days in Lochore Meadows with teams from all over the UK and Scotland. Trinity was the only team from overseas.

Racing kicked off on Saturday morning with a total of 85 races taking place. Despite freezing conditions, the wind was favourable and the sun shined until the racing was finished for the day. Sunday morning took off slightly slower due to little wind with ice covering the lake bringing on another freezing day for sailors. The racing was arranged into leagues on Sunday following a sufficient number of races taking place the day before. Following stiff competition on Saturday, DUSC qualified for Bronze Fleet. The team won every race in the league qualifying them for the final. DUSC raced GUSC in the final, winning 2/2 races, proving the trip overseas to be a success. DUSC were unlucky with racing on Saturday however proved their capabilities and strengths as a team on Sunday.

A meeting held by the RYA took place on Saturday evening which aimed to discuss mechanisms to encourage more women helms in University Sailing. Caitlin Waters, captain of the DUSC Women’s Team and International Officer for the Trinity Sailing committee said that it was “a great opportunity to have a discussion with race officials and women from other Universities about ways to encourage more talented women to helm when they enter University Sailing.” DUSC is proud to have an increasing number of women helming in the club, and hope to push this further in the future.

The next event that DUSC will be competing in is IUSA Intervarsities which takes place next week in Kilrush, Co Clare hosted by UCC and NUIG.

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With the year drawing to a close, it looked as though Liam Manning of Schull would be seen as 2017’s ultimate bridesmaid, as he was crew for Fionn Lyden’s All-Ireland Sailing victory in October.

But the dark days of November came up trumps for Manning – he captained the all-conquering University College Cork team to overall victory in the mid-November Intervarsities team racing in Baltimore, keeping a formidable array of talent in line.

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