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Ben Duncan has today been crowned the 66th ISA All Ireland Sailing Champion after an exciting seven race regatta in changeable conditions at Howth Yacht Club. The invitational event is Ireland’s most prestigious annual national sailing regatta and up for grabs was the coveted ISA Helmsman’s Trophy.

The day began with the 16 class representatives and their crew being split in to two eight boat fleets. Due to the forecast weather conditions for Sunday, the decision was made to sail two races in each fleet in the morning with the top four teams from each progressing to the Final Series which would take place in the afternoon. Sailing in the Irish Sailing Association’s J80 keelboats, the first eight teams took to the water for a 10.30am start in a 15 knot south-westerly. Leading the fleet in the first race was SB20 champion Ben Duncan who took the bullet followed by Ian Matthews from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire and John McGuinness from Moville in Donegal. It was local Howth Yacht Club sailor Cillian Dickson who took the win in the second race followed by Ben Duncan with Ian Matthews in third. On a total of 3 points, Ben Duncan and crew Joe Turner and Davie Taylor were the overall winners of the first fleet earning their place in the afternoon’s Final Series. Also progressing to the Final were Ian Matthews (5 points), Cillian Dickson (6 points) and John McGuinness (8 points).

Facilitated by an on-the-water changeover, the second eight teams began racing almost immediately as strong winds were forecast for the early afternoon. Fireball sailor Noel Butler took the first win followed by a third in the second race, securing his place in the final. Also moving forward was Colin Byrne from Dun Laoghaire with two second place finishes and tied on 4 points with Noel Butler. Finishing third overall in the fleet on 5 points was teenager Séafra Guilfoyle who was invited to the championships upon winning the Junior event last month in Cork. And the sailor taking the last place in the Final Series was Trevor Kirkpatrick from Carrickfergus with a total of 8 points.

All sailors returned to the shore after the fleet racing had finished as the wind had picked up to almost 30 knots. After a two hour break and the boat draw racing resumed at 3.55pm. Three final races were successfully completed in 8 knots but after the second race Ben Duncan had the championship in the bag. He went on to win two of the three races and placed second in the other winning the event on a total of 5 points with a four point lead. In second place was young Séafra Guilfoyle who won the last race of the regatta and finished on a total of 9 points. Séafra also had the youngest crew member of the event on his team, Dylan O’Grady who is only 11 years old. Bronze went to Ian Matthews ho finished on 12 points.

Final Results

Boat

Helm

Class

R 1

R 2

F 1

F2

F3

Pts

6

Ben Duncan

SB20

1

(2)

1

1

2

5

2

Séafra Guilfoyle

Winner Junior

4

1

(7)

3

1

9

4

Ian Matthews

Flying Fifteen

2

3

2

(6)

5

12

3

Noel Butler

Fireball

1

3

5

(9)

4

13

8

Colin Byrne

ICRA '1'

2

2

(8)

7

3

14

7

Trevor Kirkpatrick

Ruffian

3

5

4

2

(6)

14

1

Cillian Dickson

J24

5

1

6

4

(7)

16

5

John McGuinness

GP14

3

5

3

5

(8)

16



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The boats and sailors are coming ashore for the Final Series boat draw. Heavy winds have now set in so racing has been postponed for the moment.

Final Series

Boat

Helm

Class

R1

R2

Pts

 

Ben Duncan

SB20

1

2

3

 

Noel Butler

Fireball

1

3

4

 

Colin Byrne

ICRA '1'

2

2

4

 

Séafra Guilfoyle

Winner Junior

4

1

5

 

Ian Matthews

Flying Fifteen

2

3

5

 

Cillian Dickson

J24

5

1

6

 

John McGuinness

GP14

3

5

8

 

Trevor Kirkpatrick

Ruffian

3

5

8



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Tricky conditions have greeted the sailors here in Howth Yacht Club for Day 1 of the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship. The decision has been made to aim for two races in each flight today with a possible two final races later this afternoon. The decision to aim for further final races tomorrow will be made in the morning. There will be no repechage with the top four boats from each flight continuing on to the final series.

Results will be updated throughout the day as soon as they are available.

Flight 2, Race 1 Results
The top four have now also earned their places in the final series: Noel Butler, Colin Byrne, Séafra Guilfoyle and Trevor Kirkpatrick.
All points will carry forward to the final series.

Flight

Boat

Helm

R1

R2

Pts

2

6

Noel Butler

1

3

4

2

1

Colin Byrne

2

2

4

2

7

Séafra Guilfoyle

4

1

5

2

2

Trevor Kirkpatrick

3

5

8

2

4

Mark Small

5

6

11

2

5

Finn Lynch

7

4

11

2

3

Simon McGibney

6

7

13

1

8

Mike Toomey

8

8

16



Flight 1, Race 2 Results
The top four have now earned their place in the final series: Ben Duncan, Ian Matthews, Cillian Dickson and John McGuinness.
All points will carry forward to the final series.

Flight

Boat

Helm

R1

R2

Pts

1

5

Ben Duncan

1

2

3

1

1

Ian Matthews

2

3

5

1

7

Cillian Dickson

5

1

6

1

3

John McGuinness

3

5

8

1

6

Emmet Ryan

4

6

10

1

4

Mark Boylan

8

4

12

1

2

Thomas Chaix

6

7

13

1

8

Laurence Hanley

7

8

15



Flight & Boat Draw

Flight

Boat

Helm

Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

Class

1

1

Ian Matthews

Keith Poole

Niall Meagher

 

Flying Fifteen

1

2

Thomas Chaix

Johnny Durcan

Dara O'Shea

Dougles Elmes

Laser Radial

1

3

John McGuinness

Donal McGuinness

Joe Kelly

 

GP14

1

4

Mark Boylan

Aileen Boylan

Niall Collins

 

Mermaid

1

5

Ben Duncan

Joe Turner

Davie Taylor

 

SB20

1

6

Emmet Ryan

Luke Murphy

Arthur Meagan

 

RS400

1

7

Cillian Dickson

Joseph Murphy

Gordon Stirling

Johnny Sargent

J24

1

8

Laurence Hanley

Andrew George

Joseph Hanley

 

Shannon OD

 

2

1

Colin Byrne

John Downey

Ian McNamee

 

ICRA '1'

2

2

Trevor Kirkpatrick

Steve Atkinson

Rory Moore

 

Ruffian

2

3

Simon McGibney

Noel Davidson

Fionn McGibney

 

ICRA '2'

2

4

Mark Small

Donal Small

Daragh Heagney

 

Multihull

2

5

Finn Lynch

Cian Guilfoyle

Caityin Water

Nicole Hemeryck

Wild Card

2

6

Noel Butler

Stephen Oram

Ed Butler

 

Fireball

2

7

Séafra Guilfoyle

Dillon O'Grady

Patrick Crosbie

Nick Walsh

Winner Junior

2

8

Mike Toomey

Ian Massey

Conor Turvey

 

Howth 17



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24th October 2013

Ireland’s most prestigious annual national sailing event, the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship, will take place this weekend on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of October in Howth Yacht Club, Co. Dublin. The invitational championship, which began in 1947, will see 16 of Ireland’s leading sailors compete over two days in the Irish Sailing Association’s fleet of J80 keelboats for the title of 2013 Champion and the ISA Helmsman’s Trophy.  

The 16 class representatives hail from all four corners of the country; nine sail from Dublin, three from Cork and one a piece in Westmeath, Limerick, Donegal and Antrim. Among them will be a strong up-and-coming youth contingent. Rising star Finn Lynch from the ISA Academy earned a wild card nomination for his recent performance at the Laser European & World Championships. The 17 year old took home three medals at the regatta including Gold - U21 Men’s Laser Radial Worlds, Silver – Men’s Laser Radial Europeans and Bronze – Men’s Laser Radial Worlds. Joining Finn in the line-up will be fellow ISA Academy member Séafra Guilfoyle who earned his place by winning the Junior All Ireland event last month in Co. Cork. Representing the Mermaid class will be Mark Boylan who this year became the youngest ever Mermaid National Champion at the age of 20. And making up an all youth crew for ISA Optimist Squad coach Thomas Chaix will be Dara O’Shea and Douglas Elmes who have since graduated from Oppies and Johnny Durcan who is still on the ISA Optimist Squad.

Due to prior sailing commitments Peter O’Leary will be unable to defend his 2012 title, and fellow Olympic sailors Annalise Murphy, Ryan Seaton and Ger Owens, who also received nominations, will too see prior commitments prevent them from challenging for the coveted prize. 

The 16 boats will compete in two fleets of eight on Saturday, each scheduled for three races. From there the top three boats from each fleet will progress to Sunday’s final four-race series with two places remaining for the top two boats from a two-race repechage on Sunday morning.

Competitors

Class

Name

Surname

Club

Mermaid

Mark

Boylan

Skerries SC

Fireball

Noel

Butler

 

ICRA '1'

Colin

Byrne

Royal Irish YC

Laser Radial

Thomas

Chaix

Kinsale YC

J24

Cillian

Dickson

Howth YC

SB20

Ben

Duncan

 

Junior Winner

Séafra

Guilfoyle

Royal Cork YC

Shannon OD

Laurence

Hanley

Lough Ree YC

Ruffian

Trevor

Kirkpatrick

Carrickfergus SC

Wild Card

Finn

Lynch

National YC

Flying Fifteen

Ian

Mathews

National YC

ICRA '2'

Simon

McGibney

Foynes YC

GP14

John

McGuinness

Moville BC

RS400

Emmet

Ryan

Royal St George YC

Multihull

Mark

Small

Kinsale YC

Howth 17

Mike

Toomey

Howth YC


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