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Sunday 7th of October - Final Series

Peter O’Leary has won Ireland’s most prestigious sailing championship; the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship which was kindly sponsored by Waterways Ireland. The three day invitational regatta concluded in Lough Derg this afternoon with Peter dominating the final three-race series and claiming the Helmsman Trophy for the second time, having first won title in 2006. A total of 24 of the nation’s top sailors, along with a crew of their choosing, received invitations for the annual event which first began in 1947. Their selection was based on their performances throughout the year in their respective classes. 

Racing in the ISA’s SailFleet J80 keelboats, the regatta began with a qualifier round on Friday for eight of the teams with only the top three then making it through to a 16 boat, 2 flight preliminary series on Saturday. The original aim had been for the two separate flights of eight boats to sail three races a piece before a two-race repechage and three-race final series on Sunday. However due to the absence of any wind on Saturday afternoon it was not possible for the second flight to sail any races. Based on the circumstances, the race management team made the decision to forego the repechage in favour of attempting the three-race series for Flight 2 in the morning with the top four boats from each flight progressing to a three-race final series in the afternoon.  

Competition in the final series was fierce. Amongst the eight helms were three former Olympic sailors including Peter O’Leary and Ryan Seaton who both competed at the 2012 Games and Mark Mansfield who sailed at four consecutive Olympics from 1992 to 2004. Also sailing was reigning champion, George Kenefick who was back to defend his title and the youngest of all the competitors, 17 year old Fionn Lyden who only two weeks ago won the ISA Junior All Ireland Championship in Schull, Co. Cork.

The deciding three races began in the early afternoon in winds that steadily grew to 12 knots for the final race. Peter O’Leary, who was sailing with his brother Robert O’Leary and Robbie English, quickly made his presence known by taking the lead and winning the first race. Having been top of the leader board going in to the final, Fionn Lyden and his crew of David Harte and Darragh McCormack slipped to second place overall followed closely by Mark Mansfield in third.

Another race win followed by a second place finish and the title was Peter’s. Young Fionn Lyden sailed a magnificent regatta and beat off two Olympians to claim the silver. In third place was last year’s winner George Kenefick who clawed his way up from the back of the fleet to win the final race and take the bronze. He finished tied on points with Mansfield but beat him based on a count back; George's best result during the regatta was a first whilst Mark's was a second.

ISA Chief Executive remarked "This has been the culmination of a fantastic year of Irish sailing at all levels. The standard of sailors was exceptional and we have a very worthy winner".

Helm

Club

R 1

R 2

R 3

R 4

R 5

R 6

Pts

Disc

Net

Peter O'Leary

Baltimore SC

5

1

2

1

1

2

12

5

7

Fionn Lyden

Baltimore SC

2

3

1

3

4

3

16

4

12

George Kennefick

Royal Cork YC

1

6

6

5

2

1

21

6

15

Mark Mansfield

Royal Cork YC

2

5

3

2

3

8

23

8

15

Noel Butler

Dun Laoghaire Motor YC

3

2

4

4

8

4

25

8

17

Ryan Seaton

Ballyholme YC

3

3

1

6

7

7

27

7

20

David Dickson

Lough Ree YC

7

1

3

7

6

6

30

7

23

Ian Nagle

Royal Cork YC

8

2

4

8

5

5

32

8

24



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Sunday 7th of October

Three races have been successfully sailed in Flight 2. The top four sailors; Ryan Seaton, Peter O'Leary, Mark Mansfield and Ian Nagle will all progress to the final three race series this afternoon. They will join the top four sailor from yesterday's Flight 1; Fionn Lyden, Noel Butler, David Dickson and George Kenefick.

Flight 2

Boat

Helm

Club

Class

R  1

R 2

R 3

Pts

6

Ryan Seaton

Ballyholme YC

Wild Card

3

3

1

7

5

Peter O'Leary

Baltimore SC

Wild Card

5

1

2

8

8

Mark Mansfield

Royal Cork YC

1720

2

5

3

10

2

Ian Nagle

Royal Cork YC

ICRA '1'

8

2

4

14

4

Timothy Goodbody

Royal Irish YC

ICRA '3'

1

8

9 (DNF)

18

3

Vincent Delany

Royal St George YC

Squib

7

6

5

18

7

Guy Kilroy

Royal Irish YC

Water Wag

6

4

9 (DNF)

19

1

Jonathan O’Rourke

National YC

Mermaid

4

7

9 (DNF)

20


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Saturday 6th of October - Update

Today was the Preliminary Series for the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship but light winds on Lough Derg prevented a successful series being completed. Two flights of eight boats were to sail three races a piece but only the first flight managed to race. Without a wisp of breeze in the afternoon, the second flight had to be postponed resulting in a change to the Sailing Instructions for tomorrow’s racing.   

Originally the top three boats from each flight today would have progress to Sunday’s final series with two places remaining for the top two boats from a two race repechage on Sunday morning. However under the circumstances the race management team made the decision to forego the repechage in favour of attempting the three race series for Flight 2 in the morning with the top four boats from each flight progressing to a three race final series in the afternoon.

Having completed their three race series in the morning, the top four sailors from Flight 1 have confirmed their place in the final tomorrow. At just 17 years old, the youngest competitor of the regatta Fionn Lyden, who only two weeks ago won the Junior All Irelands, finished top of the leader board on with one race win in the 5-6 knot breeze and finished the three races on a total of 6 points. He was followed closely by Fireball sailor Noel Butler who has 9 points and David Dickson took the third spot on 11 points. In fourth place was defending champion George Kenefick who would have originally only made it through to the repechage but will now progress directly to the final.

Flight 2

Boat

Helm

Club

Class

R  1

R 2

R 3

1

Jonathan O’Rourke

National YC

Mermaid

2

Ian Nagle

Royal Cork YC

ICRA '1'

3

Vincent Delany

Royal St George YC

Squib

4

Timothy Goodbody

Royal Irish YC

ICRA '3'

5

Peter O'Leary

Baltimore SC

Wild Card

6

Ryan Seaton

Ballyholme YC

Wild Card

7

Guy Kilroy

Royal Irish YC

Water Wag

8

Mark Mansfield

Royal Cork YC

1720


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Saturday 6th of October 

Flight 1 of the championship is over and the first three sailors to progress to tomorrow's final flight have been decided.

Once again young Fionn Lyden, who only two weeks ago won the Junior All Irelands, has taken the lead. Fionn had one race win in the 5-6 knot breeze and finished the three races on a total of 6 points. He was followed closely by Fireball sailor Noel Butler who has 9 points and David Dickson took the third spot on 11 points.

Surprisingly defending champion George Kenefick did not make the top three and will have to fight it out in tomorrow's repechage along with Ben Duncan, Alexander Mitton and J.P. McCaldin. Julie Ascoop and her all female crew finished at the bottom of the fleet on 21 points and so will not sail in the repechage.

Flight 1 (Morning)

Boat

Helm

Club

Class

R 1

R 2

R 3

Pts

2

Fionn Lyden

Baltimore SC

Radial & Junior

2

3

1

6

6

Noel Butler

Dun Laoghaire Motor YC

Fireball

3

2

4

9

5

David Dickson

Lough Ree YC

Shannon OD

7

1

3

11

7

George Kennefick

Royal Cork YC

2011 Champion

1

6

6

13

3

Ben Duncan

N/A

SB20

6

5

2

13

1

Alexander Mitton

Royal St George YC

First 31.7

9 (DSQ)

4

5

18

4

J.P. McCaldin

Lough Erne YC

J24

4

7

7

18

8

Julie Ascoop

Clontarf Y&BC

IDRA 14

5

8

8

21


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Friday 5th of October

Eight sailors battled it out through a three race qualifier in light conditions on Lough Derg today for one of three places in the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship on Saturday and Sunday sponsored by Waterways Ireland. 

Last year’s silver medallist Mark Mansfield won the first race and placed third in the remaining two races leaving him second overall and guaranteeing his spot in tomorrow’s racing. The overall winner was Ian Nagle who had two race wins and one second place finish. And the third and final competitor to go through to tomorrow’s event was Alexander Mitton who had two second place finishes and one fourth.


Boat

Helm

Club

Class

R 1

R 2

R 3

Pts

3

Ian Nagle

Royal Cork Yacht Club

ICRA '1'

2

1

1

4

2

Mark Mansfield

Royal Cork Yacht Club

1720

1

3

3

7

7

Alexander Mitton

Royal St George Yacht Club

First 31.7

4

2

2

8

6

Pat O'Neill

Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club

E-Boat

5

4

4

13

8

Trevor Kirkpatrick

Carrickfergus Sailing Club

Ruffian

3

6

8

17

1

Alan Ruigrok

Rush Sailing Club

Laser

7

7

5

19

5

Emmet Ryan

Royal St George Yacht Club

RS400

8

5

6

19

4

Robin Hegarty

Howth Yacht Club

Puppeteer

6

8

7

21


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Ireland’s most prestigious annual national sailing event, the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship, will take place from Friday the 5th to Sunday the 7th of October in Lough Derg Yacht Club in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. The invitational championship, which began in 1947, will see 21 of Ireland’s leading sailors compete over the three days in the ISA’s fleet of J80 keelboats for the title of 2012 Champion and the ISA Helmsman’s Trophy.  

Returning to the regatta to defend his title will be 24 year old reigning champion George Kenefick from Cork who narrowly beat three time Olympic sailor Mark Mansfield to the win in 2011. Mansfield will also be competing at this year’s event but he will need to win one of the three spots available through Friday’s qualifier if he is to compete against Kenefick once again for the title. Also returning for a second consecutive year will be 2011 bronze medallist and 2012 Olympic 49er sailor Ryan Seaton who will be one to watch. The youngest competitor at the event will be Fionn Lyden, fresh from winning the ISA Junior All Ireland Sailing Championship in Schull last weekend.   

Following a review of the event earlier this year, the championship qualification process has undergone some changes. A total of 16 boats will compete across two fleets of eight on Saturday. 13 of these places are allocated prior to the event; one to the reigning champion, two Wild Cards and 10 to particular classes based on their attendance figures at national championships. The remaining places will be filled following an eight boat qualifier on the Friday. There the top three boats will earn their place in Saturday racing. 

The top three boats from each fleet on Saturday will progress to Sunday’s final fleet with two places remaining for the top two boats from a two race repechage on Sunday morning.

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Competitors & Crew

Friday Qualification Round

Helm

Club

Class

  Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

Robin Hegarty

Howth Yacht Club

Puppeteer

Alexander Mackay

Phillip Malcolm


Trevor Kirkpatrick

Carrickfergus Sailing Club

Ruffian

Steve Atkinson

Rory Moore

Mark Mansfield

Royal Cork Yacht Club

1720

David Kenefick

Joe Bruen

Alexander Mitton

Royal St George Yacht Club

First 31.7

Spencer Mitton

Barry Cunningham

Ian Nagle

Royal Cork Yacht Club

ICRA '1'

Killian Collins

Donal Hegarty

Pat O'Neill

Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club

E-Boat

Gordon Stirling

Peter Reilly

Alan Ruigrok

Rush Sailing Club

Laser

Rory Lynch

Eoin Keller

Emmet Ryan

Royal St George Yacht Club

RS400

James Ryan

Aidan MacSweeney


Saturday Preliminary Series

Helm

Club

Class

Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

Julie Ascoop

Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club

IDRA 14

Heather Keenan

Wendy Rudd

Rioghnach Corbett

Noel Butler

Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club

Fireball

Stephen Oram

Alex Voyem

 

Vincent Delany

Royal St George Yacht Club

Squib

Mark Delany

Conor O'Leary

 

David Dickson

Lough Ree Yacht Club

Shannon OD

Anna Leech

Cillian Dickson

TBA

Ben Duncan

N/A

SB20

Brian Moran

Joe Turner

 

Timothy Goodbody

Royal Irish Yacht Club

ICRA '3'

Paul McCarthy

Brendan Carroll

 

George Kennefick

Royal Cork Yacht Club

2011 Champion

Mel Collins

John Downey

 

Guy Kilroy

Royal Irish Yacht Club

Water Wag

Cathy Murphy

Con Murphy

 

Fionn Lyden

Baltimore Sailing Club

Radial & Junior

David Harte

Darragh McCormack

Eoin Lyden

J.P. McCaldin

Lough Erne Yacht Club

J24

Chris Scott

Eoin O'Fearghail

 

Jonathan O’Rourke

National Yacht Club

Mermaid

Dermot O'Neill

Pat Mangan

 

Peter O'Leary

Baltimore Sailing Club

Wild Card

Robert O'Leary

Robbie English

 

Ryan Seaton

Ballyholme Yacht Club

Wild Card

Mark Seaton

Ross Vaughan

 

TBC

 

Friday Qualifier

 

 

 

TBC

 

Friday Qualifier

 

 

 

TBC

 

Friday Qualifier

 

 

 

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