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Anthony O’Leary – the Commodore’s Cup powerhouse – has been crowned 2014 ISA All Ireland Sailing Champion. He has beaten fellow Corkonian Stefan Hyde on count-back following a two day, 12 race battle against 15 other national class champions. The Royal Cork sailor has competed in the Championship numerous times but to date had never been able to bring home the coveted Helmsman Trophy. He and his sons Peter and Nicholas have now won the championship a record breaking combined six times.   

Beautiful sunshine and a breeze of 10-12 knots again awaited the sailors today (07 September) for the finale of the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship hosted by Howth Yacht Club. First to take to the waters north of the harbour were the eight sailors competing in the repechage for the remaining two Final spots.

Local sailor Conor Turvey and J24 Champion Flor O’Driscoll finished Race 1 at the top of the leader board. O’Driscoll went on to win Race 2, and the repechage, to qualify him for the Final but a penalty for Turvey cost him the remaining place. Ultimately it was consistency that paid off for Clontarf’s Pat O’Neill. His 3, 3 earned him the eighth place in the Final. 

Royal Cork’s Anthony O’Leary stormed into the lead in Race 1 of the Final and just could not be caught. He rounded each mark in pole position to take the win and push him to the top of the leader board. O’Leary was tailed by Pat O’Neill and RS200 sailor Alex Barry but fellow Corkonian Stefan Hyde’s 4th was enough to keep him in 2nd place overall with defending champion Ben Duncan only a point behind in 3rd.

There was a significant shift in the leader board after the second race. Stefan Hyde, Anthony O’Leary and a third Cork sailor; Alex Barry were first to cross the line. This resulted in a Cork takeover of the top four places with overnight leader Ian Nagle rounding off the domination by moving up to 4th. Duncan pulled in his worst result of the championship and even the discard couldn’t save him from dropping to 7th overall. 

The penultimate race couldn’t have been closer. All eight competitors were neck and neck throughout, jostling positions. In a shock result Stefan Hyde finished in last place but he discarded to hold on to the top spot. Alex Barry had his second consecutive bullet followed by Pat O’Neill who finished in 2nd place for the second time in three races. Now only 3.5 points separated the top four sailors in a Cork dominated fleet. 

The wind dropped off to about 7 knots for the final deciding race. Again, it was so close that the positions changed frequently. At the first mark, Anthony O’Leary was at the back of the fleet but he then led around the second mark. Alex Barry, who had been 3rd around the first mark, dropped to the back of the fleet rounding the final mark. But O’Leary and his crew Dylan Gannon and Dan O’Grady could feel the win. They maintained their lead, crossed the line two places ahead of Stefan Hyde, tied them on points, and won on count-back in what was undoubtedly the closet fought All Irelands in many years. Hyde and his crew Jerry and Jimmy Dowling ultimately took Silver and Alex Barry, Sandy Rimmington, Lisa Neary and Patrick Good claimed Bronze.  

Final Results

Boat

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

Dis

Total

2

Anthony O'Leary

RCYC

1

4

3

1

3

7

1

7

13

4

Stefan Hyde

RCYC

1

1

2

4

2

8

3

8

13

8

Alex Barry

MBSC

4

2

4

3

1

1

8

8

15

5

Ian Nagle

RCYC

1.5

1

2

6

6

3

2

6

15.5

1

Pat O'Neill

CY&BC

5

2

8

2

5

2

4

8

20

3

Chris Helme

RSGYC

3

5

1

8

3

5

6

8

23

7

Ben Duncan

 

2

5

1

5

7

6

7

7

26

6

Flor O'Driscoll

RSGYC

6

3

6

7

4

4

5

7

28



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Repechage Results

Flor O'Driscoll and Pat O'Neill have won the repechange and will now sail in the Final.

Boat

Helm

Class

R1

R2

Total

8

Flor O'Driscoll

Royal St George YC

2

1

3

4

Pat O'Neill

Clontarf Y&BC

3

3

6

1

Conor Phelan

Royal Cork YC

5

2

7

2

Conor Turvey

Howth YC

1

7

8

7

Richard Evans

Howth YC

4

5

9

5

Ross Vaughan

Royal North of Ireland YC

6

4

10

6

Laurence Hanley

Lough Ree YC

7

6

13

3

Guy Kilroy

Royal Irish YC

8

8

16



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7th September

Picture perfect sailing conditions greeted the 16 national champions in Howth today for Day 1 of the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship. A northerly of 10-12 knots saw the six scheduled races successfully completed under clear blue skies. The top six sailors and their crew will now progress to tomorrow’s Final, while eight further teams must first battle it out for the two remaining places in the repechage. Up for grabs will be the coveted ISA Helmsman Trophy which was first awarded in 1947.

Following the flight allocation in the morning, the first eight boats made their way to the course for a 10.30am start under the direction of Race Officer and ISA President David Lovegrove. Commodore’s Cup champion Anthony O’Leary was first to get a win under his belt, closely followed in Race 1 by defending champion Ben Duncan and Northern Irish Squib Champion Ross Vaughan. A technical problem with Ian Nagle’s J80 keelboat meant he was unable to finish the race. His score would be awarded based on his average for the next two races - something that would later yield a dramatic change of the leader board. 

Race 2 returned some interesting results with the initial top competitors all finishing back mid-fleet. Ben Duncan took the final bullet in Race 3 but a 1, 2 from Nagle gave him an average of 1.5 and total of 4.5 points to pip Duncan to the top spot. O’Leary, tied on points with Duncan but losing on count-back, earned the final guaranteed place in the Final. Ross Vaughan, Pat O'Neill, Flor O'Driscoll and Conor Turvey must now sail in the repechage in the hopes of progressing. 

In Flight 2 former All Ireland Champion Stefan Hyde from Royal Cork stormed into the lead, winning the first two races. A 2nd in Race 3 gave him a total of 4 points putting him straight through to the Final in overall pole position. Chris Helme from the Royal St George and Alex Barry from Monkstown Bay Sailing Club finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Joining the Flight 1 sailors in the repechage will be Richard Evans, Conor Phelan, Laurence Hanley and Guy Kilroy.

There are two races planned for the repechage tomorrow with racing scheduled to get underway at 10.15am. Only the top two teams will be given the opportunity to compete against the top six sailors in the Final. Flight results from today will carry forward to the four-race Final with a discard being applied after four races.

Tonight all the sailors will enjoy the wonderful hospitality of host club Howth Yacht Club at the champions dinner.

For live results follow @Irish_Sailing on Twitter.

Flight 2 Overall Results

Stefan Hyde, Chris Helme and Alex Barry have qualified for the Final. Richard Evans, Conor Phelan, Laurence Hanley and Guy Kilroy will all have one more shot when they compete tomorrow in the repechage.

Boat

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

Total

2

Stefan Hyde

Royal Cork YC

1

1

2

4

6

Chris Helme

Royal St George YC

3

5

1

9

1

Alex Barry

Monkstown Bay SC

4

2

4

10

7

Richard Evans

Howth YC

2

6

5

13

5

Conor Phelan

Royal Cork YC

6

4

3

13

8

Laurence Hanley

Lough Ree YC

5

3

6

14

4

Guy Kilroy

Royal Irish YC

7

7

7

21

3

Roy Van Maanen

Greystones SC

8

8

8

24



Flight 1 Overall Results

Ian Nagle, Ben Duncan and Anthony O'Leary have qualified for tomorrow's final. Ross Vaughan, Pat O'Neill, Flor O'Driscoll and Conor Turvey will sail in tomorrow's repechage.


Boat

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

Total

6

Ian Nagle

Royal Cork YC

1.5

1

2

4.5

5

Ben Duncan

 

2

5

1

8

8

Anthony O'Leary

Royal Cork YC

1

4

3

8

7

Ross Vaughan

Royal North of Ireland YC

3

6

4

13

3

Pat O'Neill

Clontarf Y&BC

5

2

8

15

2

Flor O'Driscoll

Royal St George YC

6

3

6

15

1

Conor Turvey

Howth YC

4

8

7

19

4

Jonathan O'Rourke

National YC

7

7

5

19



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Flight Draw & Crew List

Flight

Boat

Name

Crew 1

Crew 2

Crew 3

Club

1

1

Conor Turvey

Michael Duffy

Luke Massey

Dylan O’Grady

Howth YC

1

2

Flor O'Driscoll

Eoin O'Fearghail

Dave Bailey

 

Royal St George YC

1

3

Pat O'Neill

Gordon Sterling

Cillian Dickson

 

Clontarf Y&BC

1

4

Jonathan O'Rourke

Carol O'Rourke

Pat Mangan

 

National YC

1

5

Ben Duncan

Joe Turner

Davy Taylor

Daniel Hopkins

 

1

6

Ian Nagle

Killian Collins

Aidan O'Connell

 

Royal Cork YC

1

7

Ross Vaughan

John Driscoll

Andrew Vaughan

 

Royal North YC

1

8

Anthony O'Leary

Dylan Gannon

Dan O'Grady

 

Royal Cork YC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

1

Alex Barry

Sandy Rimmington

Lisa Neary

Patrick Good

Monkstown Bay SC

2

2

Stefan Hyde

Jerry Dowling

Jimmy Dowling

 

Royal Cork YC

2

3

Roy Van Maanen

Greame Noonan

Frank O'Rourke

 

Greystones SC

2

4

Guy Kilroy

Jackie Kilroy

Ian Malcolm

 

Royal Irish YC

2

5

Conor Phelan

Colm Dunne

Nicky Pope

Brian Carroll

Royal Cork YC

2

6

Chris Helme

Colin Eustace

Gordon Clarke

 

Royal St George YC

2

7

Richard Evans

Gerry O’Daly

David Cotter

 

Howth YC

2

8

Laurence Hanley

Joseph Hanley

Mark Rafter

 

Lough Ree YC



*** *** ***
1st September

The finalised list of competitors for the 2014 ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship will make their way to the waters north of Howth Harbour for the 10.25 warning signal this Saturday.

Nominations were received from 25 classes and the selection of invitees were made by the ISA Steering Group [SG]. The Group, under chairmanship of ISA Director Jack Roy, included Flor O’Driscoll who sat on the ISA Events Review Group and was assisted by Ed Alcock ISA Racing Manager who is responsible for collating nominations for the events, implementing the decisions of the SG and managing the detailed organisation of the event.

The key guidance in how the selection is made is contained in the ISA Events Review Group Report published in 2012 and available here. This established the ISA Steering Group to oversee the events. The SG is allowed a certain discretion in how it operates the selection criteria and these are published in the letter to classes requesting their nominations. 

The main operating difference was the request for 2014 National Champions to be nominated and that a place would not be passed to a another sailor. Classes who had not completed a nationals by August 25th could use a ranking list. The objective was to ensure that as many class national champions as possible would get an opportunity to compete in the 2014 championship. 

The basic rules are:
  • The class must have their ISA affiliation for 2014 paid in full.
  • The Race Officer at the national championships has to be a National RO, or Regional RO under mentoring by a National RO. This is an ISA Policy from 2005 designed to improve the standard of racing at class championships. For this purposes the ISA recognises the qualification of officials from other national authorities e.g. RYA, FFV as well as ISAF International ROs.
  • The SG are not permitted to select from classes that do not comply with one or other these rules.

All other nominees were considered and the selection process set out in the report was followed. The top three dinghy and keelboat classes based on numbers at their national championships were selected first, that gave six. The remaining classes, dinghy and keelboat together, were then ranked in order of numbers and the next nine selected. Where there were equal numbers a lottery was held to determine the order. The remaining classes were ranked in order for call up, by lottery, if and when a place became available.

Some nominees were unable to accept places due to pre-existing commitments (e.g. family engagements or competition abroad as part of ISA Squads) and the places awarded to other classes in order of the selection. In other cases the nominee was not able to accept a place.

The final list of competitors for the 2014 ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship is as follows:

Name

Surname

Club

Class

 

Alex

Barry

Monkstown Bay SC

RS400

National Champion

Ben

Duncan

 

Defending Champion

Champion 2013

Richard

Evans

Howth YC

ICRA 2'

National Champion

Laurence

Hanley

Lough Ree YC

Shannon OD

National Champion

Chris

Helme

Royal St George YC

Ruffian

National Champion

Stefan

Hyde

Royal Cork YC

SB20

National Champion

Guy

Kilroy

Royal Irish YC

Water Wag*

National Champion

Ian

Nagle

Royal Cork YC

ICRA '1'

National Champion

Flor

O'Driscoll

Royal St George YC

J24*

Ranking Champion

Anthony

O'Leary

Royal Cork YC

Commodores Cup & 1720

National Champion

Pat

O'Neill

Clontarf Y&BC

IDRA 14 & E-Boat

Double National Champion

Jonathan

O'Rourke

National YC

Mermaid

National Champion

Conor

Phelan

Royal Cork YC

ICRA '0'

National Champion

Conor

Turvey

Howth YC

Howth 17 Footer

National Champion

Roy

Van Maanen

Greystones SC

RS200

National Champion

Ross

Vaughan

Royal North YC

Squib

National Champion


J24*: while noted as Ranking Champion has since become a National Champion.
Water Wags*: The Jubilee Cup is the championship.


*** *** ***
28th August

Defending All Ireland Sailing Champion Ben Duncan will face some stiff competition next week as he fights to retain his title. 16 national class champions have been invited to compete at the ISA’s most prestigious annual senior sailing event; the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship on the 6th and 7th of September. The championship, which began in 1947, will be sailed in the ISA’s fleet of J80 keelboats from Howth Yacht Club where the nation’s top sailors will battle it out for the coveted Helmsman’s Trophy. 

Among the invited competitors is recent Commodore’s Cup winner and 1720 national champion Anthony O’Leary – a powerhouse within the international sailing circuit. O’Leary has competed at the All Irelands numerous times. Although both his sons Peter and Nicholas have won the championship a combined five times, Anthony himself has so far failed to bring the title back to Cork. 

Earning a nomination from the GP14 class is Olympic veteran Ger Owens who competed at the Games in Athens, Beijing and most recently in London. Owens is no stranger to the ISA championship having won it in 2000. He will also line up against the 2007 victor Stefan Hyde.

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 additional places remaining for the top two boats from a two-race repechage on Sunday morning.

National Class Champion Invitees:

Name

Surname

Club

Class

Alex

Barry

Monkstown Bay Sailing Club

RS400

Ben

Duncan

 

Defending Champion

Richard

Evans

Howth Yacht Club

ICRA 2'

Laurence

Hanley

Lough Ree Yacht Club

Shannon One Design

Chris

Helme

Royal St George Yacht Club

Ruffian

Stefan

Hyde

Royal Cork Yacht Club

SB20

Ian

Nagle

Royal Cork Yacht Club

ICRA '1'

Flor

O'Driscoll

Royal St George Yacht Club

J24

Anthony

O'Leary

Royal Cork Yacht Club

Commodores Cup & 1720

Pat

O'Neill

Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club

IDRA14 & E-Boat

Jonathan

O'Rourke

National Yacht Club

Mermaid

Ger

Owens

Royal St George Yacht Club

GP14

Conor

Phelan

Royal Cork Yacht Club

ICRA '0'

Conor

Turvey

Howth Yacht Club

Howth 17 Footer

Roy

Van Maanen

Greystones Sailing Club

RS200

Ross

Vaughan

Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club

Squib

 

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