On Saturday the 31st of March, Dun Laoghaire was the destination for the 2012 Irish University Sailing Association (IUSA) Intervarsity Championships. Eight rival teams from Dublin, Cork and Limerick battled it out for the prestigious Trophy.
The event was previously scheduled for the 15-19 of February in Westport, Co. Mayo but due to excessive wind on the last day of Finals it was postponed to this later date.
The Top 8 teams in the Gold Fleet took part with Quarter-final, Semi-final and Final match-ups in order to crown the 2012 Champions. Competing teams were UCD 1 & UCD 2, UL 1 & UL 2, UCC 1 & UCC 2, TCD 1 & TCD 2.
The championship coincided with the annual UCD / Trinity 'Colours' event which provided an excellent exhibition of Team Racing in near-perfect conditions in the harbour. The event was superbly organised by UCD and in the end got their just-rewards winning the Colours trophy in the morning followed by their 1st team winning the IUSA Intervarsity Trophy, beating Trinity 1 in the Final. UCD 2 won the Petite Final against 2011 Champions UL 1 to collect their ISA Bronze medals.
UCD 1 also ends the year top of the IUSA rankings and will now represent IUSA at the BUSA Team Racing Championship in West Kirby, Liverpool from the 9-13 April.
Later in the year, UCD will also savour a trip to France in October for the Student Yachting World Cup (SYWOC) as decided a week beforehand in the IUSA Yacht Nationals.
UCD 1 Winning Team: Simon Doran & Aoife Cooney, Barry McCartin & Eimear McIvor, Aidan McLaverty & Bella Morehead.
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On the 31 March in Dun Laoghaire harbour, the 2012 Irish University Sailing Association (IUSA) Intervarsity Championships will conclude and the destination of the coveted trophy will be decided.
The event previously took place from the 15th -19th of February 2012 in Westport, Co. Mayo, however due to excessive wind on the last day of Finals it was postponed to this later date.
The top 8 teams from the Gold Fleet will take part with Quarter-final, Semi-final and Final match-ups in order to crown the 2012 Champions.
The new date coincides with the annual UCD/Trinity Colours Event and should provide an excellent exhibition of Team Racing. UCD are organising the event and the teams taking part in Finals include UCD 1 & UCD 2, UL 1 & UL 2, UCC 1 & UCC 2, TCD 1 & TCD 2.
UCD/Trinity Colours Racing starts at 10am with races against each opposite number for respective College Teams 1-6, an Alumni and Ladies Team. Intervarsity Finals shall follow the Colours Racing beginning around 1pm. All will be worth more than a watch from the Bandstand on the day.