16 young sailors, 10 Classes, 11 Clubs, 1 Level Playing Field
Sixteen exceptional sailors and their crew from ten classes were looking forward to competing in Schull Harbour at the Irish Sailing All Ireland Junior Championships this coming weekend (26 & 27 September). The nominee list is drawn from a wide variety of different classes, but they all compete in the same class of boat during the weekend’s racing – this year it was the turn of the TR3.6s – which makes it a unique competition. The cancellation of the event is a big disappointment for them, for us, and for all the people working so hard behind the scenes.
Harry Hermon, CEO of Irish Sailing said “we were so disappointed to cancel the Junior All Irelands – the level of sailing is excellent and it’s always a fun event. Personally, I was looking forward to it as I’ve seen so many young people around the country doing a lot of sailing this summer, and I wanted to chat to this group about what they’d experienced. I’d like to highlight as well the huge amount of work done behind the scenes right up until the point of cancellation, and I’d like to thank the hosts Fastnet Marine and Outdoor Education Centre, the organising committee and the large number of volunteers who make these events such a pleasure to work on”.
As one of the competitors Ben O'Shaughnessy put it: “it would have been a great event with great organisation but unfortunately it was cancelled for all the right reasons. I'm looking forward to sailing in the future and getting back to race season”.
Work has already begun on the 2021 event which will take place 25 & 26 September, venue TBC.
The list of successful nominees for the Irish Sailing All Ireland Junior Championships was released last week and included five girls, two Irish Sailing Academy sailors, and five Laser sailors. There was a good mix of club representation but Howth Yacht Club just pipped the lead with three members on the list. The competitors included two family teams (Trevor and Russell Bolger, and Charlie and Lucia Cullen), one set of twins (Conor and Jack Galligan), and two siblings on different teams (Clementine and Nathan van Steenberge) – which must have made for some interesting family discussions. There were two female-only teams (Chloe Murphy and Abigail Johnston, and Zoe Whitford and Kelly Patterson), and Eve McMahon chose her Laser Academy teammate Tom Higgins as crew.
2020 Irish Sailing All Ireland Junior Championship successful Nominees:
- Mirror sailor Chloe Murphy of Lough Ree Yacht Club
- 420 sailors Ben Graf of Lough Ree Yacht Club and Jack Mc Dowell of Malahide Yacht Club
- Team Racing sailor Trevor Bolger of Royal St. George Yacht Club
- Optimist sailors Clementine van Steenberge of the National Yacht Club, Ben O'Shaughnessy of Royal Cork Yacht Club and Johnny Flynn of Howth Yacht Club
- Topper sailor Zoe Whitford, of East Antrim Boat Club
- Michael Crosbie of Royal Cork Yacht Club and Tim Norwood of Royal Irish Yacht Club representing the Laser 4.7 class
- Waszp sailor Charlie Cullen, Royal St. George Yacht Club
- Laser radial sailor Micheal O'Suilleabhain of Kinsale Yacht Club
- RS200 sailor, Conor Galligan of Greystones Sailing Club
- Wildcards included Fireball sailor Daniel Thompson of Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club, Laser radial sailor Eve Mc Mahon of Howth Yacht Club and Optimist and Laser sailor, Luke Turvey, Howth Yacht Club.
Enjoy this small gallery of images from last year's Irish Sailing Junior All Ireland Championships in Schull.