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Sunday 18 December 2011

Irish 49er finishes in 10th place at ISAF World Championships in Perth

 

The ISAF World Sailing Championships came to a close today in Perth with a number of medal races including the 49er class. Irish duo Matt McGovern and Ryan Seaton finished eighth in the race which places them in 10th position overall in the event – a personal best

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) have confirmed their world number one ranking in the 49er skiff fleet, winning the gold medal. Peter Burling and Tuke Blair (NZL) took the silver while the bronze went to Denmark’s Toft Nielsen brothers, Emil and Simon.

‘A very strong start to the Olympic campaign for the Irish team’ stated James O’Callaghan, ISA Performance Director. ‘We achieved our target of qualifying three classes at this event and the three campaigns finished in the top 12. Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial in 6th, Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the 49er in 10th and Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star in 12th.

The sailors will take a break over the Christmas period before resuming their campaigns in January. The Star class will be based in Miami until March while the 49er and Laser will be based in Europe.

 

Saturday 17th December
A personal best for Seaton and McGovern lying 8th before the medal race tomorrow 

Temperatures hit 29 degrees in Perth today and it certainly heated up for the Irish 49er team Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern. Having qualified for the London Olympics earlier this week, they started the day in 12th place and after the first two races where they finished 15th and 10th in the 67 boat fleet, they were in 10th position.

As only the top 10 boats qualify for the medal race, the team was aware that they had to finish in the top 10 in the third race to guarantee their place. The sea breeze came in & the boys pulled a 6th leaving them 8th overall and giving them a place in tomorrow’s medal race.

‘This is a fantastic achievement for Matt & Ryan and a personal best. Their hard work and training has paid off and they deserve to be in the medal race tomorrow. It will be an interesting race and the pressure will be on.’ stated James O’Callaghan, ISA Performance Director.

Luck was not on the side of the Irish on the Men’s Laser course. James Espey who looked as if he would make Olympic qualification today was black flagged in the second race and he finished 38th nation. Only the top 35 nations qualify from this event for London 2012.  James will have to wait until the Laser World Championships in Germany in May to see if he makes qualification.

‘It is unfortunate that James was black flagged today dashing his hopes of early qualification. Hopefully he will make it in May’ commented James O’Callaghan. Overall the Irish Team has performed incredibly well at this event and exceeded our objectives by qualifying three classes in the Olympics and two of those classes making the medal races. Many of our athletes have shown their personal bests in Perth’ continued O’Callaghan.

Sunday 18 December is the final day of racing in Perth. The only Irish sailors competing tomorrow are Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the medal race in the 49er class.  


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Friday 16th December
Peter O’Leary and David Burrows qualify Ireland for 2012 Olympics

Peter O’Leary and David Burrows have officially qualified Ireland for the 2012 Olympics, in the Star sailing discipline. This morning they were the 11th nation, with only the top 11 nations qualifying. They had three races ahead of them and the Italians, Swiss and Spanish all eager to take their position.

A 7th in the first race eased the nerves and gave them some breathing space. However, the second race was where the real drama unfolded. They rounded the first mark in the mid 20's but had an incident with the Spanish boat as they rounded, rather than risk disqualification they opted to take penalty turns. This left them at the back of the fleet with Olympic dreams seemingly in tatters. However, the team dug deep and showed some real grit in making a comeback to finish the race in 13th.

This result lifts them to 12th overall and 9th nation, thus securing Ireland their third boat at the Olympics.

ISA Performance Director, James O'Callaghan remarked “The Star's certainly did not do it the easy way but they showed great character holding their nerve when it looked bleak during that 2nd race“. He went on to say "The programme has delivered on its target with the Irish Sports Council of getting three boats qualified early.  A lot of hard work from each of the teams and coaches have made this possible. With our eyes now firmly focussed on the Games we will be working hard with the ISC and OCI to make sure we have a successful Olympics".
  
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern, who qualified Ireland in the 49er class two days ago, slipped two positions today to 12th in the leader board. The sailed three races placing 8th, 17th and 12th. They have one final day of racing tomorrow where they will need to place top 10 in order to make the medal race on Sunday.

Ireland’s James Espey had a rest day today. He is currently the 32nd nation in the Laser fleet with the top 35 nations qualifying for London 2012. He will need a good performance tomorrow to ensure Ireland qualify in the Laser class.




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Thursday 15th December
49er duo maintain position in top 10
                                                                         
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern placed 19th in the only 49er race of the day. As their worst result so far they discard it but remain in 10th overall. Having qualified Ireland for the 2012 Olympics yesterday, they are now hoping to make the medal race on Sunday. They will continue racing tomorrow and Saturday before the top 10 teams are selected for the medal race.

In the Laser fleet, James Espey is still in contention for Olympic qualification. He scored a 20th and a 33rd today and sits 66th overall in a fleet of 147. Espey is currently the 32nd nation in the fleet. The top 35 nations qualify for London 2012. His next day of racing is scheduled for Saturday, a good performance will ensure Ireland qualify in the Laser class.

Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star resume racing tomorrow with the medal race taking place on Saturday. The top 11 nations will qualify for the Olympics and the Irish pair are currently the 11th nation. They must maintain or improve their position tomorrow if they are to qualify Ireland at this event.

ISA Performance Director, James O'Callaghan was optimistic about Ireland qualifying another boat "We still have two boats in the mix, coming towards the end of the regatta. Both boats have demonstrated their race capabilities and now just need one final push".

The sailors who missed out on qualification at this event will have one more opportunity in 2012. Each sailing discipline will hold their own World Championship event before the Olympics where a predetermined number of nation places will be up on offer. Frequent updates will also be available on the ISA Olympic Facebook page www.facebook.com/ISAOlympic and ISA Olympic Twitter www.twitter.com/ISAOlympic.

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Wednesday 14th December
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern qualify Ireland for 2012 Olympics
                                                                    
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern have officially qualified Ireland for the 2012 Olympics, in the 49er sailing discipline. It will be the first time since Athens 2004 that Ireland have been represented in the 49er class.

The duo currently lie in 10th place overall at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth. The 67 boat fleet now splits into Gold and Silver fleets with the top 25 boats entering the Gold fleet. With only 14 nations in the Gold fleet it is now impossible for Seaton and McGovern to fall outside the top 14 nations thus securing Ireland's place on the start line in London.

Seaton and McGovern had their best day so far on the water today, placing 5th in both races. Racing will continue through to Saturday with the top 10 teams then continuing on to the medal race on Sunday.

ISA Performance Director, James O’Callaghan remarked "It’s a brilliant result for the guys, to be in 6th nation position and to have secure Olympic qualification at this stage is something special".

In the Star, Peter O’Leary and David Burrows had a 16th and a 24th from the fleet of 41. They now slip one place to 15th overall and continue their fight to secure Olympic qualification with only one day of racing left before the medal race on Saturday. The Star class have a rest day tomorrow with their final day of fleet racing taking place on Friday. The top 11 nations will qualify for the Olympics and the Irish pair have maintained their position as the 11th nation.

O'Callaghan went on to say "The Star pair are in control of their own destiny but this is one that will go right down to the wire".

James Espey in the Laser also had his best day on the water with a 3rd and a 20th from the fleet of 147. He now lies 63rd overall, having jumped up the leader board from 100th yesterday.

The 49er and Laser fleets will be racing tomorrow but the Star will be on a rest day. Racing will resume for them on Friday.

Frequent updates will also be available on the ISA Olympic Facebook page www.facebook.com/ISAOlympic and ISA Olympic Twitter www.twitter.com/ISAOlympic.


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Tuesday 13th December
Star and 49er still in Olympic qualifying position but margins tighten
                                                                         
A light and shifty day saw mixed fortunes for Irish crews in Perth. Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the 49er scored a 7th, 11th and 12th in their three races and now lie 15th overall. A further three days of racing will take place for the 49er class before the medal race on Sunday. The top 14 nations will earn their place at London 2012. Seaton and McGovern are currently the 8th nation.

ISA Performance Director, James O’Callaghan remarked "Ryan and Matt had another solid day, while not as spectacular as yesterday, their three scores keeps them very much on track for Olympic qualification".

In the Star, Peter O’Leary and David Burrows were over the line early in Race 4 and incur a disqualification for that race. It means they slip to 14th overall and are now in a real fight to secure Olympic qualification. The top 11 nations will qualify for the Olympics and the Irish pair are currently the 11th nation.

O'Callaghan went on to say "The margins are so tight at this level, the guys have good speed around the course and were in 2nd position when they were pulled from the race. While it is a setback it is by no means a situation from which they cannot recover".

James Espey in the Laser also had a black flag during his first race of the day and together with a 37th in his second race, now lies 100th overall.
                  
Frequent updates will also be available on the ISA Olympic Facebook page www.facebook.com/ISAOlympic and ISA Olympic Twitter www.twitter.com/ISAOlympic.

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Monday 12 December 2012
Irish 49er in 5th place at ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth

In very unseasonable rain & wind conditions at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth, the Irish crew Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern in the 49er skiff are in 5th place having finished 2nd, 4th & 11th in first three races of their event. 14 nations will qualify in the 49er fleet for the Olympics in Perth

The Star duo of Peter O’Leary and David Burrows finished 33rd & 3th in day two of their regatta lying 9th overall. The first 11 nations in the Star class will qualify for the Olympics at this event.

In the men’s Laser class James Espey is lying 56th in the 147 strong fleet having scored an 18th & 22nd in the two races of the day. The first 35 nations will qualify for the Olympics at this event.  

Commenting on today’s performance James O’Callaghan, ISA Performance Director stated: ‘A very solid start to the regatta from the 49er team and great to see them racing at the top of the fleet. Peter and David in the Star have used up their discard today but a great comeback in the second race keeps them in the hunt for the rest of the week.’

Racing continues until Sunday 18 December 2011.

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Sunday 11 December 2011 
Star sailors Peter O’Leary & David Burrows lying 3rd after Day 1 

Two of Ireland's most successful sailors, Peter O'Leary and David Burrows have come together to campaign a Star boat for the 2012 Olympics. Today at the ISAF World Championships was their first step towards Weymouth and they finished in third place overall after an eighth and a second place finish in light conditions in Perth. They were just 14 seconds behind the winner in Race 2.  

Overall standings after two races put Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (GBR) in first, Robert Stanjek and Frithjof Kleen (GER) second and third is Peter O’Leary and David Burrows (IRE).

David Burrows is one of Ireland’s most experienced Olympic athletes. This will be his fourth Olympics having previously represented Ireland in 1996 in Atlanta in the Star class and in Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 in the single handed Finn Class. Peter O’Leary represented Ireland at the Beijing Olympics 2008 in the Star Class. He won a gold medal at the Sail for Gold 2010 regatta in Weymouth and the Eastern Hemisphere Champions 2009, both in the Star.

Racing continues until the Medal Race on Sunday 18 December 2011. Competition starts tomorrow Monday 12 December 2011 for Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the 49er class and James Espey in the Laser class.

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Sunday 11 December 2011
Annalise finishes 6th at the World Sailing Championships in Perth

There were light difficult conditions for the Ladies Laser Radial medal race in Perth at the ISAF World Sailing Championships. Annalise lead leg one but was overtaken by Bouwmeester (NED) and sailed in to a wind hole before finishing eighth in the race to secure a sixth place overall in the championship.

After the race a disappointed Annalise stated ‘ I sailed very well at this event but I was very unlucky at the end however I have achieved my objectives which were to qualify Ireland for the Olympics and finish in the top 10.’

This was a first gold medal at the World Championships for Marit Bouwmeester (NED) who was chased closely by silver medallist Evi VanEcker (BEL). Bronze went to Paige Railey (USA) who stated after the race that she felt lucky to have won bronze.

‘Finishing sixth at the World Championships is a personal best for Annalise’ stated ISA Performance Director, James O’Callaghan. He continued ‘She paid a big price for a small mistake but this event carries the same pressure as the Olympics and Annalise handled the pressure incredibly well. We need to stand back from the final result & focus on her excellent performance which included 4 race wins more than any other competitor. The focus pre Olympics will be to work on consistency’   

Sailing continues in Perth until Sunday 18 December with Ireland's Star, 49er and Men's Laser sailors all hoping for Olympic 2012 qualification.

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Saturday 10 December 2011
Annalise shows the world how it’s done with 2 race wins on Day 6 at the World Championships

Stunning performance by Laser Radial sailor Annalise Murphy with two wins on Day 6 in Perth at the ISAF World Championships. In classic sea breeze conditions blowing 15-18 knots, Annalise sailed two faultless races to narrow the point’s gap going in to the Medal Race tomorrow and the final days racing for her.

‘She has a tough task tomorrow to win a medal and needs to beat USA sailor Paige Railey by at least 4 places to win bronze however she has put herself back in serious contention.’ Stated ISA Performance Director, James O’Callaghan.

Also in Perth Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan in the 470 class did not achieve Olympic qualification and will have to travel to Barcelona for the 470 Worlds in May 2012 for qualification.  The event in May is the second and final opportunity for the 470 to qualify.

Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star and Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the 49er will begin racing on Sunday and Monday respectively. Laser sailor, James Espey, will also begin his qualification process on Monday.
Frequent updates will also be available on the ISA Olympic Facebook page www.facebook.com/ISAOlympic and ISA Olympic Twitter www.twitter.com/ISAOlympic

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Friday 9th December
Racing, Resting and Rigging
                                                                         
Today is a rest day for the Laser Radial fleets and for Annalise Murphy, who is looking forward to getting back on the water tomorrow for the final day of racing before the medal race on Sunday.
 
In other classes, Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan are lying in 35th position in the Gold fleet of the 470 class. They had two races today finishing 30th and 24th respectively. While the opportunity has become tighter, there is still a possibility that they can qualify Ireland for the Olympics. To do this they will need to sail their best day tomorrow, the final day of racing for the 470 fleets before the medal race on Sunday. The top 19 nations will secure a place in London 2012, currently they are in 23rd nation position.
 
Ross Hamilton in the Finn has moved up one place to 64th overall but will unfortunately not qualify Ireland for the Olympics at this event. He will have one more opportunity at the Finn World Championships next year.
 
Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star and Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern in the 49er will begin racing on Sunday and Monday respectively. Both teams have been preparing for the regatta out on the water over the past couple of weeks and have spent the past few days putting the final touches to their boats. Laser sailor, James Espey, will also begin his qualification process on Monday.
 

Frequent updates will also be available on the ISA Olympic Facebook page www.facebook.com/ISAOlympic and ISA Olympic Twitter www.twitter.com/ISAOlympic.

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Thursday 8th December 
Annalise Murphy maintains position at top of the leader board

Having already qualified Ireland for the 2012 Olympics following an outstanding days sailing yesterday, Annalise Murphy sailed a further three races today in Perth for the ISAF World Sailing Championships. While not quite as spectacular today she continued to maintain her position at the top of the 102 woman fleet, finishing 37th, 17th and 4th respectively. She now lies in 5th overall with a further day of racing before the top ten competitors progress through to the medal race on Sunday the 11th of December.
 
ISA Performance Director, James O’Callaghan remarked on today’s performance “ It was tricky out there today most people in the top 10 scored badly in one of the races. Annalise did well to recover to 17th in race two and it was good to finish with another top 5”.
 
In other classes, Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan are currently lying in 34th position in the Gold fleet of the 470 class. They can still qualify Ireland for the Olympics as the top 19 nations will secure a place. They will continue racing until Saturday, with the top 10 then proceeding to the medal race on Sunday.  
 
Ross Hamilton in the Finn is in 65th position and will unfortunately not qualify Ireland for the Olympics at this event however he will have one more opportunity at the Finn World Championships next year.

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Wednesday 7th December
Annalise Murphy has officially qualified Ireland for the 2012 Olympics

Annalise Murphy has officially qualified Ireland for the 2012 Olympics, in the Laser Radial sailing discipline.  

She currently lies second in the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Perth. The 102 boat fleet now splits 50% into Gold and Silver fleets. The split means it is now impossible for Annalise to fall outside the top 29 nations thus securing Ireland's place on the start line in London.

ISA Performance Director, James O’Callaghan remarked “it is fantastic for Annalise to have achieved qualification so early in the regatta”.

Her event continues in Perth until the medal race on Sunday 11 December.

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Wednesday 7th December
Day 3 Report: Annalise Murphy in Second Place Overall

Day 3 at the World Sailing Championships in Perth was a fantastic day on the water for Ireland’s Laser Radial sailor, Annalise Murphy. In 18 knots of wind and a choppy sea Annalise finished 2nd, 1st and 4th in the three races. With the discard applied, Annalise is now lying in 2nd place overall from a fleet of 102 competitors in the event which is an Olympic qualifier.

ISA Performance Director, James O’Callaghan stated after today’s performance “Annalise showed her real potential today but there is a long way to go yet”.

Racing continues until the medal race on Sunday 11 December.

In other classes Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan are lying in 31st position in a fleet of 80 in the 470 class and Ross Hamilton in the Finn is in 63rd position.

Meanwhile Irish sailors in the other three classes who do not start racing until 11/12 December are undergoing pre-race preparation including measurement, fitness and applying the tricolour to their sails.

Frequent updates will also be available on the ISA Olympic Facebook page www.facebook.com/ISAOlympic and ISA Olympic Twitter www.twitter.com/ISAOlympic.

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Tuesday 6th December
Day 2 Report: Sailing cancelled in Perth due to freak weather conditions

The Race Committee at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships abandoned racing for the day due to the prolonged electrical storms and severe weather warning. Sailors waited patiently in the boatyard until 13.50 awaiting news on the postponement of racing before going to the cinema to relax for the day and prepare for tomorrow’s racing.

Today’s postponement was welcomed by Irish Finn sailor Ross Hamilton who capsized yesterday and cut his leg drawing blood but given the recent shark sightings he recovered the boat very quickly! After sailing yesterday, as a precaution against infection he had a stitch put into the wound and today’s rest period gives him time for the wound to heal.

Racing continues tomorrow for three Irish campaigns, Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial who won a race yesterday, Ross Hamilton in the Finn and Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan in the 470.

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Monday 5th December 2011
Day 1 Report: Annalise Murphy wins Race 2 on Day 1

In unusually light winds in Perth, Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial won the second race of the day which was a huge confidence boost for her at the start of the championships.

ISA Performance Director James O'Callaghan commented ‘It's Annalise's peak event for the year so understandably she was a little bit nervous. I think this showed in the first race but there is nothing like a race win to calm the nerves. With the championship underway now things should be a little smoother’.

On the 470 course a top 10 score was posted by Ger Owens and Scott Flanigan. O’Callaghan continued ‘they have been working hard to close the gap on their competitors and this race shows what they are capable of’.

Other Irish sailors competing today included Ross Hamilton in the Finn who scored a 28th.

Racing continues in Perth until 18 December

Frequent updates will also be available on the ISA Olympic Facebook page www.facebook.com/ISAOlympic and ISA Olympic Twitter www.twitter.com/ISAOlympic.

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Friday 2nd December 2011

The first Olympic qualifier begins this weekend, the 3rd of December, in Perth at the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships where nine of our Irish sailors will begin competing for their chance to represent Ireland at next year’s Games.

The first of our teams to begin racing on Monday the 5th in Fremantle will be Annalise Murphy (Laser Radial) who is on the ISA Olympic Squad and is internationally carded as well as Ger Owens & Scott Flanigan (470) and Ross Hamilton (Finn) who are independent non-carded sailors.

See the ISA Olympic Facebook page here for daily updates and follow ISA Olympic on Twitter here.

Best of luck to Annalise Murphy (Laser Radial), Peter O’Leary & David Burrows (Star), Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern (49er) from the ISA Olympic Squad and independents James Espey (Laser), Ross Hamilton (Finn) and Ger Owens & Scott Flanigan (470). 

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The ISA Olympic Squad members making the trip to Perth are:
Annalise Murphy (Laser Radial)
Peter O’Leary & David Burrows (Star)
Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern (49er)

They will be joined by independent Irish Olympic campaigners:
James Espey (Laser)
Ross Hamilton (Finn)
Ger Owens & Scott Flanigan (470)

Also competing in the championships will be Marcus Spillane & Rory Fitzpatrick (49er)

Please see here for more information.

Frequent updates will also be available on the ISA Olympic Facebook page www.facebook.com/ISAOlympic and ISA Olympic Twitter www.twitter.com/ISAOlympic.
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