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Bateman Brothers Sail to Victory in Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships

29th September 2019
Chris and Olin Bateman are the 2019 All Ireland Champions Chris and Olin Bateman are the 2019 All Ireland Champions Credit: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Chris Bateman (18) of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club has won this year’s Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships in Schull today with crew, younger brother Olin.

Olin Bateman (age 9) was the youngest competitor at the regatta this weekend.

The Bateman Brothers had a decisive victory, winning four out of the nine races, and finishing with 22 points. Behind them was Clare Gorman (National YC) with 34 points who just pipped fellow club member Rian Geraghty-McDonnell who finished in third place with 35 points.

chris and olin with trophiesChris and Olin Bateman with their Trophies Photo: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Hosted by the Fastnet Outdoor Marine & Outdoor Education Centre in Schull, Cork, fifteen nominees from a wide variety of Irish Sailing affiliated classes from across the country competed in the event. Each nominee picked a crew member, and the competitors all used the Centre’s fleet of TR 3.6s over two days (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September).

A51I2504Chris and Olin in action in Schull Photo: INPHO Brian Keane

CK3I7950Second placed Clare and brother Conor Gorman Photo: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Racing took place inside Schull Harbour with variable conditions over the weekend – very wet with light winds building to heavier weather on Saturday, followed by champagne sailing on Sunday with beautiful sunshine and gusts of between 12 to 15 knots from the north.

Final results: 1st place was Chris Bateman and Olin Bateman, in 2nd place was Clare and brother Conor Gorman, and 3rd place was Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Nathan Van Steenberge.

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Treasa Cox is Head of Communications at Irish Sailing

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