Day two of the ISA All Ireland Championships in Dun Laoghaire is underway. The sun is shining and the wind is picking up, for what looks to be a great day of racing.
The 8 boat qualifier repechage this morning see’s yesterday’s runners up, and the top six crews will qualify for today’s final, which is expected to get underway around midday.
Today’s final will be a four race affair with Anthony O’Leary of Royal Cork Yacht Club; Cillian Dickson of Howth Yacht Club; Chris Helme of Royal St George Yacht Club; Alex Barry of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club; Dave Gorman of National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire and Alan Henry of Sutton Dinghy Club already qualified.
Sunday’s Repechege Boat Allocation
|2||ICRA ‘1’||Roy||Darrer||Waterford HSC|
|7||SB20||Michael||O’ Connor||Royal St.George YC|
|1||ICRA 2′||Simon||Rattigan||Howth YC|
|3||GP14||Niall||Henry||Sligo Yacht Club|
|4||Laser Std||Ronan||Cull||Howth YC|
Race report – day one:
Grey skies and fog greeted the sailors this morning before the start of the All Ireland Senior Championships in Dun Laoghaire. Following briefing, the 16 national champions competed in a northerly of 10 knots, and saw the six scheduled races successfully completed in two flights.
The top six sailors and their crew will now progress to tomorrow’s final. Defending champion, Anthony O’Leary of Royal Cork Yacht Club finished first in flight two of today’s qualifiers. He and his crew qualify for tomorrow’s final along with Cillian Dickson of Howth Yacht Club and Chris Helme of Royal St George Yacht Club. They will be joined by Alex Barry of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club; Dave Gorman of National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire and Alan Henry of Sutton Dinghy Club, who finished 1, 2 & 3 respectively in flight one earlier this morning.
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. 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.
The full list of results and qualifiers for the repechage can be found on below.
Tonight all the sailors will enjoy the wonderful hospitality of the National Yacht Club at the Champions dinner.
Race Officer, Jack Roy commented on today’s racing: “Racing was fair today in trying conditions. There were only 2 minutes between first and last in all six races, and the J80 fleet proved its worth with sailors’ skills the only thing seperating today’s contenders.”
Chief Umpire Michael O’Connor also commented: “Plenty of close racing today and clean, orderly mark roundings, which is of course a huge bonus for someone in my position refereeing these prestigeous All Ireland Championships.”
Saturday – 10.00:
Ireland’s top sailors are competing in the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) All Ireland Championships today. The boats go out in 2 flights today in Dublin Bay; Leaving Dun Laoghaire from the National Yacht Club. The start gun is at 10.25 for a 10.30 start. Defending champion Anthony O’Leary will kick off his title defense in flight B.
Each flight will have up to three races with the top 3 going straight into the final, and boats 4, 5, 6 & 7 going into tomorrow’s repechage.
The full list of Saturday’s racing is as follows:
|Boat No.||Flight No.||Entry form||Class||Name||Surname||Club|
|3||A||1||RS400||Alex||Barry||Monkstown Bay SC|
|2||A||5||Shannon OD||Frank||Browne||L Ree YC|
|5||A||4||Flying Fifteen||David||Gorman||National YC|
|7||A||14||ICRA ‘1’||Roy||Darrer||Waterford HSC|
|6||A||2||SB20||Michael||O’ Connor||Royal St.George YC|
|4||A||12||ICRA 2′||Simon||Rattigan||Howth YC|
|8||B||11||GP14||Niall||Henry||Sligo Yacht Club|
|7||B||6||Laser Std||Ronan||Cull||Howth YC|
|3||B||8||ICRA 4||Cillian||Dickson||Howth YC|
|6||B||9||Ruffian||Chris||Helme||Royal St.George YC|