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27th April 2014
Final Report

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Séafra Guilfoyle from Cork has beaten off stiff competition from his fellow ISA Laser Radial Academy teammates to reign supreme at the 2014 ISA (Irish Sailing Association) Youth Pathway National Championships at Howth Yacht Club. 250 sailors were competing across five classes on Thursday (24 April), Friday (25 April) and Sunday (27 April) on the waters north of Ireland’s Eye in Howth, Co. Dublin in breezy 11-18 knots. Up for grabs at the most prestigious annual youth sailing event on the domestic calendar were places on squads and teams for international events.

Only one point separated Séafra Guilfoyle and fellow Royal Cork Yacht Club member Cian Byrne after the first race of the day. Both sailors were again neck and neck for the second race which left them tied on points and all to play for in the ninth and final race of the championship. The final turned in to a match race between the pair who both finished mid-fleet. But discarding those points, it was Séafra who came out on top with 24 points. Cian finished on 25 points to take the silver while yet another Corkonian; Ross O’Sullivan from Kinsale scooped the bronze. Sarah Eames from Ballyholme Yacht Club finished 7th overall and takes the prize for first girl. 
Commenting on Séafra win, ISA Laser Radial Coach Russell McGovern remarked “It was close between all of the Academy guys over the past few days. And when it came down to the last race with Séafra and Cian tied on points the pressure was really on for them to perform. It was a match race between the two and in the end the discard meant Séafra came out on top. The Academy squad have been training really hard so it’s great to see their work paying off and taking the all the top spots.“

In the 420 double-handed class local Howth sailors Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove won the regatta with a race to spare. The 2013 champions are currently in transition year and have spent their academic year studying in France where they have also been able to put in a lot of training and competition time on the water. And their hard work certainly paid off. They put in a solid performance over the three days which shows in their results of 1, 1, 2, 2, 4, 2, 2, 2, 2. Finishing in second place overall were fellow 420 ISA Academy duo Peter McCann & Arran Walsh from Royal Cork and in third as well as first girls were the McDowell cousins Lizzie and Cara from Malahide.

ISA 420 Coach Ross Killian commented “Robert and Sean won thanks to consistency with no result outside the top four. Despite winning two races today Peter and Arran just couldn’t beat the defending champions.“

In the Laser 4.7 class overnight leader Nicole Hemeryck took the first race win of the day to extend her lead by seven points. Johnny Durcan from Cork was 2nd which moved him up to 2nd overall. His win in race five, along with the discard coming in to play, then narrowed the gap to five points. But even a win in the final race for Johnny wasn’t enough to catch Nicole who is the new 2014 ISA Laser 2.4 Champion. An impressive feat for the Dun Laoghaire girl who only recently graduated from the junior Topper class to the Laser. Settling for silver was Johnny Durcan followed by Conor Sherriff in third. 

In the Topper class Hugh Perrette knocked Geoff Power off the top spot after the first race of the day and held on to that position for the rest of the championship. Of the six races, the National Yacht Club sailor won four which along with a 3rd and discarded 8th was enough for him to claim the gold. Geoff Power from Waterford was 2nd overall while Heather Spain from the National Yacht Club earned both third place overall and first girl.  

Laser Radial Top Results

Place

Helm Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Total

Nett

1st

Séafra Guilfoyle

RCYC

3

1

1

5

2

8

2

2

(18)

42

24

2nd

Cian Byrne

RCYC

2

2

7

2

1

9

1

1

(14)

39

25

3rd

Ross O'Sullivan

KYC

1

4

3

(11)

5

7

3

3

1

38

27

 

420 Top Results

Place

Helm Name

Crew Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

Total

Nett

1st

Robert Dickson

Sean Waddilove

HYC

1

1

2

1

(4)

2

2

2

2

17

13

2nd

Peter McCann

Arran Walsh

RCYC

4

(8)

3

2

1

4

1

6

1

30

22

3rd

Lizzy McDowell

Cara McDowell

MYC

6

2

(8)

4

2

1

4

4

6

37

29

 

Laser 4.7 Top Results

Place

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

Nicole Hemeryck

NYC

1

1

(3)

1

2

3

11

8

2nd

Johnny Durcan

RCYC

3

(4)

4

2

1

1

15

11

3rd

Conor Sherriff

HYC

5

2

2

7

(8)

4

28

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topper Top Results

Place

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

Hugh Perrette

NYC

1

(8)

1

1

3

1

15

7

2nd

Geoff Power

WHSC

2

2

2

(10)

8

2

26

16

3rd

Heather Spain

NYC

3

1

5

3

(6)

6

24

18


For full results see www.hyc.ie/resultsselector 

*** *** ***
25th April 2014
Day 2 Report

Almost 200 sailors across five classes and three races courses competed on the waters north of Ireland’s Eye in Howth today for Day 2 of the ISA (Irish Sailing Association) Youth Pathway National Championships in excellent light and tactical conditions. Racing will continue for a further two days at what is the most prestigious annual youth sailing event on the domestic calendar with the sailors all vying for places on squads and teams for international events.

In the Laser Radial class it was Conor O’Beirne from the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire that took the first bullet of the day. He was followed by Cian Byrne in 2nd and Gary Fekkes in 3rd. Overnight leader Séafra Guilfoyle finished 5th but still maintained his overall lead by three points. Cork’s Cian Byrne led the charge in the next race – and ultimately winning Race 5. With discards now coming in to play Cian moved up the leader board to tie on seven points with frontrunner Séafra Guilfoyle ahead of the final race of the day. Race 6 saw the top three sailors all finish outside of the top five but discarding what were then their highest results so far meant Séafra Guilfoyle is once again top of the leader board with Cian Byrne only two points behind.

Overnight leaders Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove from Howth continued their dominance this morning in the 420 class. They won the first race but Peter McCann & Arran Walsh were hot on their heels followed by Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhan & Jil Mc Ginley from Kinsale who came in 3rd. A discarded 4th in the second race for Dickson & Waddilove still left them five points clear of race winners McCann & Walsh. But not to be outshone by their male counterparts, cousins Lizzy McDowell & Cara McDowell from Malahide and Ni Shuilleabhan & Mc Ginley took 2nd and 3rd place respectively to significantly close the points gap with the three leading boys teams. The McDowell cousins continued to pile on the pressure in Race 6 taking the win and moving them up to 3rd overall. Dickson & Waddilove however are still the ones to beat followed by McCann & Walsh who remain in 2nd place at the mid-way mark in the regatta.

ISA 420 Coach Ross Killian commented “The light conditions saw three different winners in the 420 races. Peter and Arran favour these conditions and had a second place and a race win. Lizzy and Cara proved the girls were up to the challenge and held off strong competition from Robert and Sean to win Race 6. It’ll be interesting tomorrow because the forecast is for much stronger winds.”

In the Laser 4.7 class Nicole Hemeryck from Dun Laoghaire, who has only recently graduated from the junior Topper class to the Laser, was first to cross the finish line in Race 1. Rory Fekkes from Co. Down came in 2nd ahead of Johnny Durkan from Royal Cork. Hemeryck won Race 2 and was runner-up in Race 3 leaving her in pole position after their first day of racing. Four points behind her is Conor Sherriff who had a 4, 2, 2 and Johnny Durkan who, following his 3rd in Race 1, had two fourth place finishes.

Geoff Power, Heather Spain and Hugh Perrette are the top three respectively in the Topper class while Peter Fagan, James McCann and Daniel Hopkins make up the podium places after the first day of the Optimist Trials.

Racing is scheduled for all classes again tomorrow with a further 60 sailors joining the regatta for the Optimist Championships. The forecast is for more wind than today’s 7 knots.

For full results see www.hyc.ie/resultsselector

*** *** ***
24th April 2014
Day 1 Report

At noon today some of Ireland’s top young sailors began competing in Dublin at the annual four-day ISA Youth Pathway National Championships hosted by Howth Yacht Club. Only the Laser Radial and 420 classes had racing today but they will be joined tomorrow by the Laser 4.7, Topper and Optimist fleets bringing the total number of sailors on the water to over 250 for the rest of the weekend. 

In the Laser Radial class it was the Corkonians that commanded the top spots today. Séafra Guilfoyle from Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven took a three point lead after the initial three races. He had a 3, 1, 1 putting him in pole position ahead of Kinsale’s Ross O’Sullivan and fellow Royal Cork and ISA Academy teammate Cian Byrne. 

Taking charge of the two-person 420 fleet were local Howth duo Robert Dickson & Sean Waddilove. They won the first two races and finished second in the final race of the day. They lead Harry Whitaker & Grattan Roberts and Peter McCann & Arran Walsh, both teams hailing from Royal Cork.

Tomorrow there will be three separate race areas north of Irelands Eye in order to accommodate the large number of competitors. Up for grabs at the most prestigious annual youth sailing event on the domestic calendar will be the coveted places on summer squads and teams for international events. Each day over 100 volunteers will be on hand to cover race management, rescue, mark laying and jury. This will including a fleet of over 35 powerboats and RIBs, nine yachts and committee boats and an additional 40+ support RIBs.

Laser Radial Provisional Results

Place

Helm Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

Total

Nett

1st

Séafra Guilfoyle

RCYC

3

1

1

5

5

2nd

Ross O'Sullivan

KYC

1

4

3

8

8

3rd

Cian Byrne

RCYC

2

2

7

11

11

 

420 Provisional Results

Place

Helm Name

Crew Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

Total

Nett

1st

Robert Dickson

Sean Waddilove

HYC

1

1

2

4

4

2nd

Harry Whitaker

Grattan Roberts

RCYC

3

3

1

7

7

3rd

Peter McCann

Arran Walsh

RCYC

4

8

3

15

15


For full results see www.hyc.ie/resultsselector

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*** *** ***

23rd April 2014

Tomorrow morning the picturesque waters of Howth Harbour will be awash with hundreds of boats as over 250 of Ireland’s top young sailors convene in the Dublin seaside town for the annual four-day ISA Youth Pathway National Championships. Three separate race areas will be laid north of Irelands Eye in order to accommodate the large number of competitors.

From the 24th to the 27th of April, Howth Yacht Club will be the host venue for the most prestigious annual youth sailing event on the domestic calendar. All of the ISA Performance Pathway classes will be represented and up for grabs will be the coveted places on summer squads and teams for international events. Each day over 100 volunteers will be on hand to cover race management, rescue, mark laying and jury. This will including a fleet of over 35 powerboats and RIBs, nine yachts and committee boats and an additional 40+ support RIBs from Howth and clubs as far across the Bay as Dun Laoghaire.

Racing will be hotly contested as the 2014 ISA Youth Pathway National Championships gears up to be one of the most exciting in recent years. In the Laser Radial class, many of last year’s top performing sailors have progressed on to the senior Standard class. This has opened up the competition to the new wave of younger ambitious athletes eager to take the prized podium places. In the two-person 420 class, locals Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove will be the ones to watch. The 2013 champions are currently in transition year and have spent their academic year studying in France where they have also been able to put in a lot of training and competition time on the water.  

On a separate race course for the week, the 60 strong Optimist fleet will contest the first leg of their annual trials for representing Ireland abroad at a host of summer events. One of the pinnacle events will be the Optimist European Championship which this year will be hosted in Ireland by the Royal St George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. With just under three months to go to the opening ceremony there are currently 250 registered sailors from 43 countries from as far afield as Bermuda, Japan, India and Iceland. They will arrive with 80 coaches and support personnel and many travelling with their families.

The ISA Youth Pathway National Championships will also be complimented by the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival which will see the entire harbour front filled with tents and stalls offering various culinary delights related to Howth’s world famous crustacean. There will also be a carnival on the green of the harbour for the children and their families.

For results see 
www.hyc.ie/resultsSelector
 
  

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