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Medal Race Report
9th June 2012

Peter O’Leary and David Burrows have won Gold at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, the host venue for the 2012 Olympics. The Providence Resources Irish Olympic Sailors performed consistently during the regatta remaining in the top 3 throughout. They were 3rd overall heading in to toady’s medal race but a 3rd place finish in the double points race saw them jump ahead of rivals Scheidt & Prada (BRA) and Percy & Simpson (GBR).
                                                                                                                      
ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan enthused “It was a fantastic race under pressure from Peter and David. It was nerve racking to watch but both boys were elated as they crossed the line to claim Gold”.

Earlier today Annalise Murphy won the Bronze medal in the Laser Radial class. She had a great day today winning the final medal race which brought her from 5th overall to 3rd overall on the leader board. Murphy had repeated her performance from the 2011 Sail for Gold Regatta where she also won the bronze. 

ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan remarked “This is a fantastic result from Annalise. She was perfectly focused during the medal race and she delivered the goods”. 

Later in the afternoon Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern finished 7th overall in the 49er class up three places  from 10th. The duo had a good medal race in which they finished 5th. Overall they’ve had a very successful regatta with a total of three race wins.

ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan remarked “It’s great time in the season for the boys to post personal best. They’ll come away from this regatta with a huge confidence boost”.


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Day 5 Report
8th June 2012

Conditions today in Weymouth made sailing for Day 5 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta impossible. But that did not dampen the spirits of five of the Providence Resources Irish Olympic Sailors. Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial, Peter O’Leary & David Burrows in the Star and Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern in the 49er are all in the top 10 of their respective classes and therefore earn spots in tomorrow’s medal races. 

Gusts of between 35 and 55 knots meant that all racing was cancelled. O’Leary & Burrows remain in 3rd place, Murphy sits 5th overall and Seaton & McGovern are 10th. The medal races tomorrow will be worth double points so everything is still to play for.

ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan remarked “It was a shame that racing was cancelled but the forecast is looking good for tomorrow and all teams are ready to race”.

Ger Owens & Scott Flanigan in the 470 class finish the regatta in 1st place in the Silver Fleet while James Espey finished 4th in the Laser Silver Fleet. Paralympians John Twomey, Ian Costello and Anthony Hegarty in the Sonar class finish 12th overall.

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Day 4 Report
7th June 2012

Conditions have deteriorated in Weymouth for Day 4 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta but that hasn’t prevented Annalise Murphy from climbing even further up the leader board following another race win. 

Continuous rain and winds of between 20 and 25 knots have prohibited many fleets from getting out on the water. The race management team made the decision to move most of the racing into the more sheltered harbour area however this meant a reduction in course space. With the forecast for tomorrow looking to be even worse, the focus for today was on providing races for the Gold Fleets. This meant that the only Providence Resources Irish Olympic Sailors lined up to sail today were Annalise Murphy, Peter O’Leary & David Burrows and the 49er boys Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern. 

Annalise Murphy and the rest of the Laser Radial Gold Fleet completed their two races of the day in the early afternoon. Murphy capitalised on the familiar conditions scoring a 1st and a 3rd. She now moves up to 5th overall. 

Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern finished 12th in their first and only race of the day. They’re now 10th overall. Meanwhile the Star class spent the day waiting ashore for a chance to sail which never materialised. This means Peter O’Leary & David Burrows maintain their position of 3rd overall.

ISA Performance Director James O’Callaghan commented on the regatta so far “We’re at the midway point and it’s great to see the teams in strong positions. Hopefully we’ll get more racing done over the next two days which will add to the venue experience before the Games”.

Unfortunately Ger Owens & Scott Flanigan in the 470 Silver Fleet, James Espey in the Laser Silver Fleet and the Paralympic Sonar team were not racing today. 

Tomorrow will be the final day of racing before the top 10 in each class progress to the medal races on Saturday. Conditions do not look to be favourable but organisers are optimistic at getting all if not some of the competitors out on the water.

All results are provisional

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Day 3 Report
6th June 2012

Conditions were good at Day 3 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth. After some patchy rain in the morning, conditions brightened up considerably as the day progressed. The Providence Resources Irish Olympic Sailors continued to shine across the different race courses in the 12-16 knot south westerly breeze.

Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern had their third race win of the championship today in the 49er class. The duo move up three places to 9th overall following an additional 9th and 3rd in their other two races of the day. 

Annalise Murphy also had a race win, finishing 1st in her second race of the day. Combined with the 15th from her first race she breaks the top 10 leader board, now 7th overall. 

O’Leary & Burrows maintained their position amongst the top of the Star fleet. They had a 7th and a 5th today which leaves them 3rd overall. They’ll continue their battle with their strongest competitors, Percy & Simpson (GBR) and Scheidt & Prada (BRA) tomorrow who lead in 1st and 2nd respectively. 

Unfortunately Ger Owens & Scott Flanigan were disqualified from their first race of the day. They slip one position to 24th overall following their 9th place in the second race of the day. 

Laser sailor James Espey finished 25th and 28th in his two races. He lies 52nd overall in the 95 boat fleet.

And in the Paralympic Sonar class, John Twomey, Ian Costello and Anthony Hegarty lie 12th overall.

With the qualifying stages now complete, the next two days will see the final series sailed before the top 10 advance to Saturday's medal race finale.
 
All results are provisional

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Day 2 Report
5th June 2012

After a win in Race 4, Peter O’Leary & David Burrows now lead the Star class at Day Two of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth. Following a day of very light winds and postponed races yesterday, organisers and sailors alike were happy  to see the moderate south south-easterly winds of between 14 and 16 knots today. Although the incessant rain wasn’t ideal, O’Leary & Burrows brightened things up on the water finishing 2nd, 4th and 1st  respectively in their three races of the day. They move up one place from yesterday’s second to first overall.

Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern continued where they left off yesterday and had their second race win in the 49er class today. They placed 12th in their other two races and now lie 12th overall.
 
Not to be outshone by her male teammates, Annalise Murphy also had a solid day on the water in the Laser Radial. She sailed two races placing 3rd and 4th respectively in the 70 boat fleet. She goes into the third day of racing tomorrow 11th overall.
 
The newest of the Providence Resources Irish Olympic Sailors, Ger Owens & Scott Flanigan had a consistent day in the 470 fleet. The youngest of the Irish sailors, Scott Flanigan who is only 19, and his helm Ger placed 7th in both of their races leaving them 23rd overall.
 
Laser sailor James Espey from Bangor finished 28th and 32nd in his two races. He lies 26th overall in the 95 boat fleet.
 
And in the Paralympic Sonar class, John Twomey, Ian Costello and Anthony Hegarty who all hail from Cork had a 10th and 13th today.

All results are provisional

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Day 1 Report 
4th June 2012

By early afternoon at the first day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth all fleets had returned to shore as the wind had disappeared.
 
Most of the Irish sailors had a long lunch break waiting for conditions to improve and eventually at around 4pm the fleets all launched again in very light conditions.
 
The day belonged to Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern, the Belfast Lough duo in the super fast skiff 49er who won the third race very late in the evening having finished 8th and 11th in the previous two races.
 
Peter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star class finished 5th in their only race of the day just behind event favourites Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada (Brazil) and ahead of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson (Great Britain).
 
In the 70 strong Laser Radial fleet Annalise Murphy from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire scored 16th & 8th in her two races of the day in 5 knots of wind. 
 
Ireland’s most recent Olympic qualifier James Espey in the Laser class had a great start to the regatta scoring 8th in his only race of the day.
 
Fresh from winning the Delta Lloyd regatta last weekend Ger Owens who will be sailing in his third Olympics in July with Scott Flanigan scored a 19th and 15th in the 470 class.  
 
In the Paralympic Sonar class John Twomey with Ian Costello and Anthony Hegarty finished 10th in their only race of the day.
 
Commenting on the sailor’s performance James O’Callaghan stated "We had a lot of waiting today and when we did get out racing it was really light and tricky. However, it's great to have scores on the board. Overall it has been a positive start to the regatta".

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