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On Saturday the 22nd of October three elated Galway teenagers, their coach and parents drove home from Dublin with a brand new powerboat in tow valued at €12,500. Fionn Delahunty (16), Ciaran Jordan (14) and Eamonn Murphy (12) were representing Galway Sail Sports Club in the final of the ISA Yachtsman euromarine Rib Challenge where the grand prize was a new rescue boat for their club.

The competition, which is in its fourth year, was run by the ISA (Irish Sailing Association) along with sponsor Yachtsman euromarine and was open to participants from the ages of 12 to 16. Each team began their training during the summer in preparation for the regional finals which took place in three locations around the country during September. The top 14 teams then progressed to the grand final which took place on Saturday in the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 

The Galway trio faced stiff competition throughout the day from rival teams from Dublin, Wexford, Mayo, Limerick and Cork. They had to complete nine challenges over three hours which focused on different key areas for the safe use of powerboats. The tasks ranged from theory challenges such as ‘navigation and pilotage’ and ‘safety and weather’ to on the water challenges where the teams had to demonstrate their boat handling skills and man overboard manoeuvres.  

Although the competition was nail-bitingly close, with only two points separating the Galwegians from the runners-up from Foynes Yacht Club, the all-boys team captured the essence of the competition and demonstrated all the skills, knowledge and awareness needed to win and so deservedly took home the grand prize. These skills are paramount for any water user and rewarding those who strive to make our waters a safer place is an honour to both the ISA and Yachtsman euromarine.

The boys credited their success to a number of factors including their coach, Ciaran Oliver, who ensured they practised and studied constantly. Fionn Delahunty, the oldest of the boys, also accredited their win to great team communication and their parents support.

Full Results:

Team

Task 1

Task 2

Task 3

Task 4

Task 5

Task 6

Task 7

Task 8

Task 9

Total

Place

Galway Sail Sports B

11

18

14

12

17

18

15

16

11

132

1

Foynes Yacht Club A

10

16

16

15

14

16

16

15.5

12

130.5

2

Royal St George Yacht Club A

12

17

14

13.5

18

12

15

15.5

13

130

3

Galway Sail Sports A

11

18

15

10

13

14

11

16.5

11

119.5

4

Royal St George Yacht Club B

13

18

16

9.5

18

9

11

13.5

10

118

5

Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club

9

15

16

6

13

16

15

16

11

117

6

Royal Cork Yacht Club

10

14

14

9

14

12.5

13

17

11

114.5

7

Bellacragher Bay Boat Club

9

16

13

8

13

16

14

13

11

113

8

National Yacht Club

9

14

17

9.5

15

11

11

15

11

112.5

9

Glandore Harbour Boat Club

10

13

12

12.5

13

13

12

14.5

11

111

10

Irish Youth Sailing Club B

10

18

14

9.5

9

10.5

13

15.5

11

110.5

11

Irish Youth Sailing Club A

7

16

14

4

14

12

13

14

12

106

12

Royal St George Yacht Club C

13

16

13

6

14

8

11

15

7

103

13

Foynes Yacht Club B

11

16

15

6

7

11.5

11

12.5

6

96

14



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Congratulations to the 12 teams that have made it through to the ISA Yachtsman euromarine Rib Challenge Final which will take place in the National Yacht Club on the 22nd of October.

The teams competing for the grand prize of a brand new rib valued at €12,500 are:

Bellacragher Bay Boat Club (Mayo)

Foynes Yacht Club A (Limerick)

Foynes Yacht Club B (Limerick)

Galway Sail Sports Club A (Galway)

Galway Sail Sports club B (Galway)

Glandore Harbour Yacht Club (Cork)

Irish Youth Sailing Club (Dublin)

National Yacht Club (Dublin)

Royal Cork Yacht Club (Cork)

Royal St George Yacht Club A (Dublin)

Royal St George Yacht Club B (Dublin)

Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club (Wexford)



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Last weekend, the 24th and 25th of September, saw an exciting conclusion to this year’s ISA Yachtsman euromarine Rib Challenge Regional Finals. 

Saturday saw nine teams locked in competition, all seeking the precious qualifying places into the Final where there are step closer to winning the Rib. Teams represented clubs from as far afield as Co. Armagh to Co. Wexford. The capital was also well represented with a number of Clubs and Training Centres entering Teams.

The standard of competition was extremely high with the winning club from Royal St George Yacht Club achieving a score of 115 out of a possible 120. Second to sixth place was only divided by 2.5 marks.

Sunday's competition in the West was no less a competitive affair with the Galway / Mayo rivalry coming to the fore. Galway Sea Sports came out on top in this case.

The National Final will be held at the National Yacht Club on the 22nd of October.

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The first of three Regional Finals was held at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Saturday the 10th of September and it was an exciting start to the competition.

This year the competition was designed to encourage the younger members of our boating community to take to the water in a safe, responsible and most important an enjoyable way. On registration the competition sponsor Matt McGrory of Yachtsman euromarine who was in attendance started off proceedings in a positive and fun manner by giving each entrant a competition t-shirt and taking a team photo. This got all teams into a fun and competitive frame of mind. 

This Regional Final saw the ISA introduce a new format for the competition. Each team had to carry out 10 tasks in a three hour period. These tasks consisted of “on the water maneuvering” of their craft and some off the water activities such as “rescue line throwing, Knots and various questions on all aspects of boating”. 

For the three hour period you could feel the tension as all teams went from task to task, when the time was up ISA RDO Ciaran Murphy had the task of adding up the scores. Throughout the day the high scores in each competition differed with no team showing dominance. In the end it was a tight affaire and the top six were:
1st Place – Foynes 1
2nd Place – Foynes 2
3rd Place – Royal Cork Yacht Club
4th Place – Glandore Harbour Yacht Club
5th Place - Atlantic Sailing Club
6th Place – Sailing Academy of Ireland 

The top four teams now qualify through to the National Final where they have a chance of winning the ISA Yachtsman euromarine Rib Challenge 2011 and the top prize of a Club Rib.

A big thank you has to be given to all who helped make this regional final so successful, the teams and the goodwill of their Clubs and Training Centers, the judges and helpers, Royal Cork Yacht Club who provided their wonderful facilities and of course our sponsor Yachtsman euromarine who over the years have showed their continuing commitment to supporting the ISA and its Clubs and Training Centers.

For updates and photographs see the Rib Challenge Page on Facebook here.

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The dates and venues for the ISA Yachtsman euromarine Rib Challenge Regional Finals have been set.

Southern Region – Royal Cork Yacht Club on Saturday the 10th of September at 10.00.

Western Region – Clifden Boat Club on Sunday the 11th of September at 12.00.

Eastern Region – Dun Laoghaire Powerboat School on Saturday the 24th of September at 10.00

For more information and to register see www.ribchallenge.ie

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The ISA together with Yachtsman euromarine are today launching the 4th annual ISA Yachtsman euromarine Rib Challenge. The competition which is aimed at children between the ages of 12 and 16 will run throughout the summer culminating in a national final which will be held in Dun Laoghaire in the autumn with the winning team taking home the grand prize of a Rib valued at €12,500.

The competition was established by Matthew McGrory of Yachtmasman euromarine in conjunction with the ISA as an exiting way to promote the safe and responsible use of powerboats among junior boaters. Mr. McGrory who is passionate about getting children educated in safe, responsible but most of all, fun, participation of water sports remarked “I wanted a positive way to encourage more people to train and learn how to use the powerboats safely”.

In 2010 the competition was won by an all girls team from Lough Derg Yacht Club. Susie Hanley, Louise Riggs-Miller and Alison Walsh who blew the competition out of the water and deservedly took home the prize Rib to their home club.

The competition is open to all ISA Clubs and Training Centres around the country and they can enter an unlimited number of teams. Each club or centre will run their own local heats with their top teams then progressing to the Hub Finals. There will be five Hub Finals based in the North, North East, East, South and West. Each Hub Final will include a nautical quiz, a rescue line throwing competition, a knot tying competition and a water powerboat handling test. 

The winners of the Hub Finals will then compete in either the North or the South Regional Finals in August with the ultimate top 12 teams competing in the Grand Final in Dun Laoghaire in September. For more information and to register see www.ribchallenge.ie

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