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Howth brother and sister tops at Irish Sailing Youth Championships

Howth brother and sister tops at Irish Sailing Youth Championships


Howth brother and sister tops at Irish Sailing Youth Championships

Howth brother and sister Jamie and Eve McMahon emerged on top of the 200-plus entries at the Irish Sailing Youth Championships sailed in Cork over the weekend.

Both were competing in the single-handed Laser Radial event where Jamie won the class and Eve finished as best girl in fifth overall out of 27 entries.

The pair qualify to be part of the Ireland squad at the Youth World Sailing Championships in Poland this July subject to Eve achieving a qualifying result at an international regatta next week.

Five youth national titles were decided at the four day series hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven though Storm Hannah disrupted the event programme.

Although hopes were high that the high winds would ease sufficiently on Saturday afternoon, near gale force gusts continued into the evening.  However, light winds on the final day allowed every class to sail between two and four races each to complete their championship series.

There were other family wins in the event including Nicola and Fiona Ferguson from the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire who won the double-handed 420 class counting no fewer than five race wins.

Host club victories went to Cillian Foster in the single-handed Laser 4.7 while (subject to protest) while Darragh Collins, Oisin MacSweeney and Anna Keal took the top three places in the single-handed Topper 5.3 event.

The series was also a selection trials event for the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland to decide the national squads for international events this season.  Cork's James Dwyer Matthews who won the weekend's event tops the list 28 and will lead the world championship team.