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Howth’s Rocco Wright Takes National Junior Title 2021 after Cliff-Hanger Finish at Schull

27th September 2021
Close finish at Schull - new All-Ireland Junior Champion Rocco Wright of Howth (left) and his crew Nathan van Steenberge
Close finish at Schull - new All-Ireland Junior Champion Rocco Wright of Howth (left) and his crew Nathan van Steenberge

Fresh back from being the youngest participant in the NYYC Invitationals racing ILC 37s at Newport, Rhode Island, 15-year-old Rocco Wright of Howth reactivated his well-proven dinghy-racing skills in jig time to emerge as the 2021 Junior All-Ireland Sailing Champion at Schull in the weekend's intensive programme of racing organised from the Fastnet Marine Education Centre.

At various stages in the series, leading junior sailors from several top sailing centres were heading the leaderboard.

But even though it went down to the wire in the medals race at the end, the new name on the trophy is Rocco Wright crewed by Nathan van Steenberge.

Second were Jonathan and Ben O’Shaughnessy of Royal Cork, and third Ben Graaf and Alex Leech of Lough Ree YC.

Published in Youth Sailing, Howth YC
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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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