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Final Report

Young Irish Laser Radial sailor Philip Doran of Courtown Sailing Club proved he is a force to be reckoned with at the final day’s racing of the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia. 

Doran took charge of the 15 knot north-westerly from the beginning of the race, leading the fleet from the first mark. Competitors from Belgium, the UK and Australia tried to challenge him at the leeward mark but Doran continued to master the previously unseen wind conditions in this championship. On the second beat he exerted all his physical and mental strength and stormed in to the lead leaving the rest of the fleet to battle it out for second place. Doran ended the final race of the championship with an extraordinary first place win and finishing 10th overall, having also claimed five top 10 results during the course of the competition. 

His ISA Coach Rory Fitzpatrick was deservedly complimentary of his performance “It hadn’t been going Philip’s way at the half way stage in the event. He was sitting towards the back of the fleet but he fought hard over the next few days and finished in the top 10 which just shows the level of determination and mental strength he has”.

But the success story doesn’t end there. Royal St George Yacht Club and Quoile Yacht Club Laser Radial sailor Sophie Murphy placed 23rd in her final race which saw her finishing 11th overall. This is the best result Ireland has ever had in the girl’s single handed competition since Ireland began competing at the ISAF Youth Worlds in 1971. Unlike her teammate, Murphy found the conditions tough today but she fought tooth and nail putting in her best personal performance at an international event so far in her career. Similarly to Philip Doran, she also had one race win and five top 10 results during the course of the championship.

Murphy’s ISA Coach Rory Fitzpatrick exuded enthusiasm about her future prospects declaring “This is Sophie’s personal best at an international event and the best we’ve ever had at the Youth Worlds but she’s only going to continue to grow and strengthen”.

Cork natives Emma Geary from Royal Cork Yacht Club and Niamh Connolly from Baltimore Sailing Club put in another strong performance in the 420 class today. They made good tactical decisions on the water which saw them finishing the race in 12th and finishing the championship in 17th overall. The girls showed their fineness in the stronger wind conditions of the past two days placing a 9th, a 6th and today’s 12th.

Their ISA Coach Ross Killian was delighted with their progression through the championship. “Overall the girls worked really hard learning new skills and improving throughout the event. They put in a really good performance.”

Results & news of the 2011 event is available on www.isafyouthworlds.com   
Information on 2012 Dublin Bay Youth Worlds www.dublinbay2012.com

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Day 5 Report

420 duo Emma Geary from Royal Cork Yacht Club and Niamh Connolly from Baltimore Sailing Club were definitely back on form today having been hampered by yesterday’s lighter wind conditions. The girls relished in the medium breeze today placing 10th and 6th respectively in their two races. They now lie in 18th overall. Their ISA Coach Ross Killian was thrilled with their sailing. He remarked “I can’t fault it. It was stellar performance from the girls today”.

Philip Doran of Courtown Sailing Club caught up to 12th place during his first race of the day but lost out on the final downwind which saw him finishing in 22nd place. He fared better in his second race sitting in 5th for the duration until the final mark when he was awarded a yellow flag. The penalty saw him finish the race in 9th place leaving him 15th overall.

Royal St George Yacht Club and Quoile Yacht Club sailor Sophie Murphy struggled today in the stronger wind conditions. She finished with two 30th places from her two races, one of which has been discarded. Even with her results today she still lies in 10th overall due to her consistently superb sailing throughout the competition.

Results & news of the 2011 event is available on www.isafyouthworlds.com   
Information on 2012 Dublin Bay Youth Worlds www.dublinbay2012.com

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Day 4 Report

Day 4 of the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia saw outstanding performances from Irish Laser Radial sailors Philip Doran and Sophie Murphy even through the unfavourable variable light wind conditions which have continued throughout the competition. 

Philip Doran of Courtown Sailing Club maximised yesterday’s rest day and returned to the water this morning with a fresh mind and unarguable determination. He had his best day of the championships so far with two 5th places in the two races sailed today. Philip now lies in 16th overall up from 26th. 

Northern Irish sailor Sophie Murphy has a similarly successful day. She placed 7th in her first race and although lying in 28th place rounding the first mark during her second race she worked hard and climbed the 41 boat fleet to finish in 6th place. Sophie now lies in 8th overall. 

420 girls Emma Geary from Royal Cork Yacht Club and Niamh Connolly from Baltimore Sailing Club who favour heavier conditions had a tougher day placing 25th and 22nd respectively in their two races but their 25th placing is discarded leaving them in 22nd overall. 

The team’s ISA Olympic Coach Rory Fitzpatrick was delighted with the results of the day. He enthused “four top 10 race results in the Lasers is really impressive in these difficult conditions. I’m really happy with the team’s performance today”. 

Results & news of the 2011 event is available on www.isafyouthworlds.com   
Information on 2012 Dublin Bay Youth Worlds www.dublinbay2012.com

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Day 3 Report

Laser Radial sailor Sophie Murphy scored well in her first of the race of the day with a fourth after having a race win yesterday. She followed that with a 16th and 20th in the 41 strong fleet which leaves her in eleventh position overall going in to the rest day tomorrow.

Cork duo Emma Geary and Niamh Connolly in the 420 finished 17th and 21st today which sees them lying 17th overall.

Philip Doran from Courtown SC in the Laser Radial boys had a disappointing day fininshing 26th overall in the 49 boat fleet. Philip who is no stranger to large international competition (former 4.7 World Champion and the u17 Radial World Champion) remains optimistic and looking forward to a rest day tomorrow before the second half of the event recommences on Wednesday.  

Results & news of the 2011 event is available on www.isafyouthworlds.com   
Information on 2012 Dublin Bay Youth Worlds www.dublinbay2012.com

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Day 2 Report

Very light conditions at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Zadar, Croatia but Northern Irish Laser Radial sailor Sophie Murphy held her nerve to deliver a race win in the second race of the day followed by a 7th in the third race having started the day with a disappointing 23rd. Sophie is now in 11th place overall going in to day three of the event. 

‘The biggest challenge for all sailors is to remain steady throughout the event’ says ISA Olympic Coach Rory Fitzpatrick who is with the team in Croatia. Cork girls Emma Geary and Niamh Connolly are certainly showing strong consistency at by scoring a 12th and 14th today which leaving them in 13th position overall.

Boys Laser Radial sailor Philip Doran was lying 4th overnight but had a rather disappointing day but is still 16th place overall. Philip is no stranger to international events. He is a former 4.7 World Champion and the u17 Radial World Champion. He is targeting a top 10 finish overall in this event which does not finish until Friday 15 July. 

Results & news of the 2011 event is available on www.isafyouthworlds.com   
Information on 2012 Dublin Bay Youth Worlds www.dublinbay2012.com

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Day  1  Report 

In very light conditions in Zadar, Croatia, the Laser Radial boys fleet completed two races with Philip Doran from Courtown SC lying 4th after a 7th and 12th. 

Sophie Murphy in the girls fleet is lying 19th after one race whilst the Cork girls Emma Geary & Niamh Connolly are 14th after one race in the 420 class. 

Results & news of the 2011 event is available on www.isafyouthworlds.com   
Information on 2012 Dublin Bay Youth Worlds www.dublinbay2012.com

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350 sailors from 60 countries are gathering in the Adriatic town of Zadar in Croatia for the 41st edition of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship including four youth sailors representing Ireland in three different classes.  

Laser Radial Boys 
Philip Doran from Courtown Sailing Club in Wexford is attending this event for the first time although he is no stranger to international events. He is a former 4.7 World Champion and the u17 Radial World Champion.  Philip will be targeting a top 10 finish overall. 

Laser Radial Girls
Sophie Murphy from Quoile Y.C. in Northern Ireland is representing Ireland for the second time having competed in Turkey in 2010 at age 16. After sailing a consistent Irish trials Sophie won the right to take the girls place in the Laser Radial. Her experience of competing in this event last year will undoubtedly count in her favour as many quite simply get overawed by the pomp and ceremony that go along with an event as prestigious as this so expect some solid races from Sophie during the week. 

420 Girls 
Emma Geary from Royal Cork Yacht Club & Niamh Connolly from Baltimore Sailing Club are both aged 18. While not quite having the same amount of international experience as their team mates they are a very strong partnership together and are ideally suited to the 420. Coach Ross Killian has been putting them through their paces in preparation for the toughest event they will have sailed in so far.

Thursday 07 and Friday 08 sailors will be provided with their boats and equipment and will be briefed with limited on water training before racing commences on Saturday 09 July. 
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships is ISAF’s most prestigious event after the Olympic Games and the ISAF Sailing World Championships. Past notable winners include American's Cup skippers, Chris Dickson (NZL), Russell Coutts (NZL), Dean Barker (NZL); Olympic medallists, Ben Ainslie (GBR), Robert Scheidt (BRA), Alessandra Sensini (ITA), Iain Percy (GBR) and Elise Rechichi (AUS); Volvo Ocean Race sailors like Stuart Bannatyne (NZL) and Richard Clarke (CAN). 

Ireland has won the bid to host the 2012 ISAF Youth World Sailing Championships in Dun Laoghaire from 12-21 July 2012. The granting of this prestigious sailing event to Ireland is a major boost to the sport and secures Ireland’s position as a prime location for hosting worldclass sailing events. It also establishes Dun Laoghaire as one of the prime major racing locations in the world, capable of running multiple classes and courses to the highest international standard.  

Results & news of the 2011 event is available on www.isafyouthworlds.com   
Information on 2012 Dublin Bay Youth Worlds www.dublinbay2012.com
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