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Can Rocco Pull Another Houdini In The Juniors At Schull This Weekend?

23rd September 2022
“Like peas in a pod” – the TR3.6 fleet race-ready in Schull
“Like peas in a pod” – the TR3.6 fleet race-ready in Schull

When Rocco Wright of Howth – then 15 – pulled the All-Ireland Junior Title out of the hat in the final race at Schull, West Cork a year ago, his Houdini skills were widely noted, emphasised by the fact that he seemed to think it was simply a matter of letting others make more mistakes. But then, this Summer in the Youth Worlds 2022 in The Netherlands in the ILCA 6 Division, it was thought that going into the final race, he might just grab the silver. But lo and behold, others went asunder and he snatched the Gold – it was Houdini all over again.

Thus his techniques will be under close scrutiny in Schull this weekend, as he’s defending the junior title, crewed this time round by clubmate and fellow ILCA 6 International Luke Turvey, where last year it was Nathan van Steenberge.

Rocco Wright (left) and crewmate Nathan van Steenberge in Schull after winning the 2021 Junior ChampionshipRocco Wright (left) and crewmate Nathan van Steenberge in Schull after winning the 2021 Junior Championship

For quite some time now the Juniors have been firmly set in using the Schull TR3.6s developed by David Harte of the Fastnet Outdoor & Marine Centre. It makes for a very clearcut organisational challenge in a picturesque setting very popular with parents, as the lack of driving licences among the contenders means they simply have to take a late season weekend break at an attractive destination to ensure their junior superstar can compete.

Perfect late season venue – the All Ireland Junior Championship under way at SchullPerfect late season venue – the All Ireland Junior Championship under way at Schull

And certainly as the entry list indicates, this year’s lineup really is representative of all Ireland, and some folk will have to travel very far indeed. But with Junior Sailing by its very nature being always in a state of flux with rapidly-rising new talent, we’ll leave it to others to be rash enough to make predictions.

ENTRY LIST NATIONAL JUNIOR TITLE 2022

HELM

CLASS

CLUB

CREW

Adam McGrady

420

Galway Bay Sailing Club

Alastair O’Sullivan

Isha Duggan

Optimist

Female Wildcard

Liam Duggan

Fiachra Geraghty -McDonnell

ILCA 6

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Caoilinn Geraghty-McDonnell

Rocco Wright

ILCA 6

Howth Yacht Club

Luke Turvey

Harry Dunne

Optimist

Howth Yacht Club

Charlie Keating

Ben O’Shaughnessy

29er

Royal Cork Yacht Club

Ethan Spain

Riona McMorrow Moriarty

Topper

Female Wildcard

Eimer McMorrow Moriarty

Alexander Fought

Mirror

Blessington Sailing Club

Jack McNaughton

Lucia Cullen

29er

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Alana Twomey

Max Cully

Gp14

Blessington Sailing Club

Tighe Wardell

Trevor Bolger

Team Racing

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Russell Bolger

Conor Cronin

Optimist

Malahide Yacht Club

William Walsh

Patrick Foley

RS Feva

Presidents Choice

Seth Walker

Georgia Goodbody

Waszp

Royal Irish Yacht Club

Emily Conan

Hannah Dadley-Young

ILCA 4

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Annika Hunter

Archie Daly

Team Racing

Royal St. George Yacht Club

Michael Crosbie

Published in Youth Sailing, West Cork
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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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