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Final Day Report

The final day of racing for the Sonar class at the Paralympic Games had to be cancelled today due to the lack of wind, an issue which had plagued the regatta for most of the week. The Irish sailors, John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello finished 11th overall. They had been hoping to leave the regatta on a high today, repeating their second place performance from earlier in the week but unfortunately it was not to be. Although they will not come home with a medal this year, John has made the history books by competing in what was his 10th Paralympics, a record for any Irish person competing at either the Olympics or Paralympics. This was a Paralympic debut for both Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello.

John Twomey commented “We’re disappointed we didn’t get to race today but it’s been a great regatta and a wonderful Paralympics“.

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Day 5 Report

The Sonar class had a further three races today in Portland Harbour in what was the penultimate day for the sailors at the Paralympic Games. A 13th, 10th and 10th saw the Irish team; John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello move down to 11th overall. There will be one final race tomorrow but the gold medal has already been decided. Udo Hessels, Marcel ven de Veen and Mischa Rossen from the Netherlands are 20 points in the lead so it will be impossible for any of the other teams to beat them with only one more race left in the regatta. The silver and bronze are still to play for as only two points separate second place from fifth place but unfortunately the Irish trio are not in contention.

As Race 8 was postponed yesterday, the class had a busy day today with their first race at 10am. The morning brought a north easterly breeze of 16 knots with gusts up to 23 knots which was challenging for all the sailors. John and his crew placed 13th but as it was their poorest result they were able to discard it. The team got off to a solid start in Race 9 rounding the first mark in 6th place however they were unable to hold on to their position and slipped to 10th as they crossed the finish line. Conditions eased off for Race 10 with a 12 knot breeze gusting 17 knots and the team finished their penultimate race in 10th place.   

John Twomey commented “Another tricky day in Weymouth. We’re hoping to finish on a high tomorrow in the last race of the regatta“.

All results are provisional.

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Day 4 Report

Another changeable day in Weymouth for the Irish Paralympic sailors but resulting in the best performance of the regatta so far for John, Anthony and Ian. The trio came 2nd in the only Sonar class race of the day which sees them move to 9th overall. The Sonar class will sail four more races as Race 8, the scheduled second race of today, was postponed until tomorrow.

Today’s scheduled 11am race was postponed for two hours as Portland Harbour was once again flat calm. Frustratingly for the sailors, shortly after Race 7 did begin it had to be abandoned as the winds dropped off. However at 2.45pm the breeze had reached 9 knots and Race 7 was restarted. Team Ireland got off to a superb start at the front of the fleet and tantalisingly close to the German leaders, Kroker and teammates. John and his crew continued to keep the pressure on the German team remaining in 2nd place for the vast majority of the race, sometimes as close as six seconds behind the first place boat. Although having challenged for the top spot on numerous occasions the Irish boat just missed out on the 1st place finish but had their best result so far; a 2nd. 

John Twomey commented “It was a fantastic result for the whole team. There was a good, consistent sea breeze and after a good start we managed to remain in the top three. Our hope is to improve on our overall 9th place with four races remaining“.

All results are provisional.

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Day 3 Report

Today was a difficult day of racing for the Paralympic sailors in Weymouth. The scheduled morning racing had to be postponed for several hours as Portland Harbour was flat calm without a wisp of breeze. Racing finally began for the Sonar class at 2pm in 7 knots of breeze. John Twomey and his crew placed 10th in Race 5 and 10th in Race 6. They finish Day 3 maintaining their position of 10th overall with a further five races left to sail.

All results are provisional.

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Day 2 Report

Racing continued today in Weymouth for the Irish sailors at the Paralympic Games. John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello placed 8th and 11th in the two races of the day for the three-person Sonar keelboat class. They finish Day 2 in 10th overall with a further seven races left to sail.

Conditions remained consistent across the Portland Harbour course with west south westerly winds of between 10-12 knots and gusts of up to 15 knots. The trio got off to a solid start in Race 3 maintaining their position towards the top of the fleet throughout the race. They had climbed to 3rd by the final leg but exasperatingly slipped five places at the last minute to finish in 8th. They had a more difficult start to Race 4 rounding the first mark in 11th. Fluctuating between 12th and 10th for the duration of the race, the Irish sailors finished in 11thoverall. 

John Twomey commented “It was a very frustrating day on the water. We were positioned in the top three and lost five places on the last leg to the finish. We sailed much better than our results show today and we’re determined to improve tomorrow”.

All results are provisional.

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Day 1 Report

Racing began today for the Irish sailors in Weymouth at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The trio, consisting of John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello, placed 11th and 7th in the three-person Sonar keelboat class. They finish Day 1 in 9th overall with a further nine races left to sail.

A moderate south westerly breeze saw the team get off to a solid start in Race 1. They began in the middle of the fleet but slipped back to 13th only to climb back up the fleet to 10th but ultimately finishing in 11th. Race 2 saw team back in 13th rounding the first mark but they fought hard challenging their opponents to claim six places to finish in 7th. 

John Twomey commented “It was very shifty conditions especially in Race 1. It’s early days and we’re hoping to improve on our performance today”.

The 2012 Paralympics are John Twomey’s 10th Paralympics, a record for any Irish person competing at either the Olympics or Paralympics. Having competed initially in the discus where he won bronze in 1984 and gold at Seoul 1988, John progressed to table tennis and finally to sailing which has been his sport of choice since 1996. Anthony Hegarty has been involved in sailing since 2005 but this is his first time competing at the Games. This is also Ian Costello’s Paralympic debut.

All results are provisional.

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