Knife-edge results decide winners across all classes at Volvo Youth Sailing Championships on Dublin Bay
Spring sunshine and light winds ended the Volvo Youth Sailing Championships on Dublin Bay today (Sunday 8th April 2018) for the 213 competitors from 26 clubs around Ireland. Five titles were decided with selection for squads and Irish Sailing academy places at stake as well.
The Irish Sailing event was co-hosted by the National YC and Royal St. George YC with support from Elgin Energy and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.
The Optimist class was the last to finish racing and completed ten races for the 78-strong turnout. Crosshaven’s Justin Lucas recovered his series hopes by winning the final race to defeat Johnny Flynn from Howth Yacht Club by a single point. Justin was one of three Royal Cork Yacht Club competitors in the top six and the club had largest representation at the event.
Emily Riordan of the Royal St. George Yacht Club placed 12th in the Optimist class and was best girl overall, three places ahead of Tralee Bay Sailing Club’s Eimer McMorrow-Moriarty.
Emily’s club-mate Jack Fahy emerged best of the Laser Radial fleet after a fourth place and a win pushed him into the overall lead while fellow Royal St. George Yacht Club sailor Tom Higgins took second. Howth Yacht Club’s Jamie McMahon who had been leading the class since winning both of Thursday’s races placed third overall.
In the 16-strong International 420 class, girl crews swept the podium in a close contest that saw Nicola Ferguson and Fiona Ferguson of the National Yacht Club win overall ahead of Gemma McDowell and Emma Gallagher of Malahide Yacht Club in second and Grace O'Beirne with Kathy Kelly of the Royal St George Yacht Club in third.
Three classes started racing on Saturday and completed a six-race series that saw Atlee Kohl of the Royal Cork Yacht Club win the Laser 4.7 class while club-mate David Jones took the Topper 5.3 fleet. Blessington Sailing Club’s Christian Houlihan won the Topper 4.2 class.
The Laser Radial class had incredibly close racing and any one of four or five top sailors could have won it," commented Ross Killian, Irish Sailing 420 Academy Coach. "I was especially pleased to see Nicola and Fiona Ferguson come through to win the 420 class – this is pay back for all their hard work and constant training over the last two years."
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