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Irish Youth Sailors Trying to Find Form in Cyprus

17th July 2013
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Irish Youth Sailors Trying to Find Form in Cyprus

#isafyouthworlds – Flying the flag for Ireland at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Limassol, Cyprus, an eight crew Irish team are among the world's best youth sailors drawn from 61 nations.

Racing in marginal planing conditions in yesterday's day two, Ireland is still hoping to make a break-through but so far no Irish crew are in the top third of any fleet, with two more days racing to come.

With racing all on schedule it is as per Addendum C of the Sailing Instructions today with three races scheduled at 12:00 for the 29er, RS:X Boys, RS:X Girls and SL16.

Two races are scheduled for 12:00 in the Laser Radial Boys and 420 Boys with three races on the cards for the Laser Radial Girls and 420 Girls at 15:00.

At the moment a 5-8 knot south westerly breeze is blowing with 30 degrees of heat and humidity at 70-80%.

As the day moves forward 12:00 will see a 8-12 knot breeze with 16 knot gusts before 10-14 knots comes in the early afternoon with 18 knot gusts.

In the Laser Radial, Robbie Gilmore (Strangford Lough Yacht Club) lies 24th from 56 after the first five races, and in the Girls division Sarah Eames (Ballyholme Yacht Club) is 25th from 40.

The team of five boys and three girls will compete in a massive fleet of 351 sailors across three different classes, sailing 2-3 races per day until the final race on Friday.

In the 420 dinghy, Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove (Howth Yacht Club) are 16th from 31 after five and in the Girls 420
Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain (Kinsale Yacht Club) and Jill McGinley (Royal Cork Yacht Club) are 19 from 27.

In the 29er Skiff, Sean and Tadgh Donnelly (National Yacht Club), racing in their second youth worlds event, lie 26th from 28.

Last year, Ireland's Finn Lynch won silver on Dublin Bay when the Royal St. George and National Yacht Club's hosted the event. It was Ireland's best ever performance and the first medal since 1996.

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