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For the second year in a row we walk away with a medal from the 2012 Olympic venue. Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial finishes 3rd overall and takes home the bronze. Congratulation Annalise!

Photographs David Branigan/Oceansport

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Once again Annalise pulls it out of the bag. She finishes today on a high with her fifth 1st place of the event!

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The bad luck continued for Peter and David in the STAR class. They needed a good second race but only came 20th which saw them finish the day in 12th place overall missing out on the medal race tomorrow. The good news for them is that subject to OSG ratification they have won the Irish trials by a significant margin over the other STAR competitors Max Tracey and Anthony Shanks.

Annalise also had a bad first race finishing 37th.

The 49ers are still racing as they had a late start.

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The first race of the day unfortunately saw Peter and David in the STAR receive a black flag along with seven other boats. All the other sailors are still in the middle of their first race with a 13 knot breeze.

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Another great day's sailing in Weymouth. In terms of results both our Radial and Star got off to a slow start with a 13th and 28th respectively however race 2 saw Annalise record another win and the boys got a 7th. The 49ers are still on the water racing.

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Both Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial andPeter O’Leary and David Burrows in the Star are well positioned going into the second half of the regatta lying 1st and 4th respectively. Agonisingly Ed Butler and Ben Lynch missed the cut for Gold Fleet by one point.

You can follow their performaces on the Sail for Gold website www.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk

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2011 will officially see the biggest Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta ever, as a record-breaking entry of more than 1,000 of the world's top Olympic and Paralympic sailors bid to claim early supremacy on the 2012 waters of Weymouth and Portland.

The Irish sailors are no different but have the extra incentive of knowing the event counts as selection for the Irish Olympic team. Last week at the World Cup in Holland, the ISA squad performed: all made the Medal race final and both the Radial and the 49er won the Medal race. This week will be a step up in standard with the majority of countries using this event to assess their sailors Olympic potential.

In the STAR class Peter O’Leary and David Burrows will be hoping to defend the title they won last year, Annalise Murphy will be targeting another medal race final in the Laser Radial and Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern would be pleased with another top performance in their 49er.

The Sail for Gold is the second and final leg of trials for our Irish Star competitors Peter O'Leary & David Burrows and
Maxwell Treacy & Anthony Shanks.

It will also act as the second leg of three trials for the rest of the Irish competitors.

Taking part in the competition will be:

Star
Peter O'Leary & David Burrows
Maxwell Treacy & Anthony Shanks

Laser Radial
Annalise Murphy

49er
Ryan Seaton & Matthew McGovern       
Ed Butler & Ben Lynch

470 Men
Barry McCartin & Thomas Chaix                       
Ger Owens & Philip Lawton                               
Robert Lehane & Tom Mapplebeck

Finn
Ross Hamilton

Laser
Chris Russell                
Chris Penney
Ronan Cull                    
James Espey

Skud-18 
Amy Kelehan & Steve Frecknall

You can follow their performaces on the Sail for Gold website www.skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk 

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