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Racing in Kinsale harbour at the 2014 ISA Junior All Ireland Championships at Kinsale Yacht Club this weekend.
Picture. John Allen

The ISA Junior All Ireland Championships
Kinsale Yacht Club
#Isajuniors2014
Sunday 28th September 2014. Full Report.
Photographs available from John Allen at johnallenimages@gmail.com
 
The ISA  Junior All Ireland Championships is a competition of the top sailors from each junior fleet.  Twenty sailors from nine classes and out of eleven clubs (including two wild cards) were chosen to compete this weekend in Kinsale, out of Kinsale Yacht Club.
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The Youth event in Kinsale was full of uncertainty as the wind left the contestants waiting for wind on both days.  The slack winds on day one caused an abandoned race and numerous DNFÕs due to not getting to the finish line within the time limit set.  (full report on day one below).
 
The forecast showed moderate winds for Saturday and Kinsale woke up to glassy waters.  After contestants waited patiently for a breeze the first race commenced in a 10knot southerly light breeze at 13:00, just enough to get them moving.  As they came down on a run the finish line the winds abandoned us all together and boats were left drifting.  A maximum race time was set for 40minutes and race was abandoned before any boats made it to the finish line.  Boat number 3 with James McCann and Michael Carroll from Royal Cork Yacht Club only 10 meters from the finish line.
Race two commenced at 15:00 in 8 knots of breeze with a cloud formation that seem to promise consistent winds and the promise came throughout the race. Cliona NiShuillebhain and Jill McGinley of Kinsale Yacht Club gave a steady performance throughout the race and remained in the lead spot to the finish line. 
The wind stayed with us and at 15:00 race three commenced.  SŽafra Guilfoyle and Michael Carrol of Royal Cork Yacht Club worked their way up through the fleet to cross the finish line first.
Race four start at 16:00 Ð the two HarryÕs (Durcan and Whittaker) from Royal Cork Yacht Club started with a good lead and were first round the weather mark on first beat and again first round on second beat with a 40 second lead. The tide started flooding up to 3knots, which caught a few competitors that took the course wide were held back, with 8 competitors resulting in DNF from not going over the finish line with the time limit.
Winds became light again for race 5 and five resulted in DNF.  The girls from Kinsale Yacht Club slammed it again won Race 5, with Peter McCann and Michael OÕSuileabhan in 2nd place and the Harries in at 3rd. 
 
After patiently waiting again for wind the morning of day two, racing started at 12:30 with an initial false start. Race five turned out to be hectic at the marks throughout the race with plenty of calling out by all. First over the line was Ros Morgan and Ronan Walsh of Skerries Sailing Club, followed by Clare Gorman and Amy Carrol of National Yacht Club and third place Adam DÕArcy and James Hassett of Royal Cork Yacht Club.
 
Wind remained consistent for some reliable performance throughout race six with Peter McCann and Michael OÕSuileabhain of Royal Cork Yacht Club coming first over the finish line in Race six, the final preliminary race before choosing the top ten for the medal race.
 
Selection for top ten resulting sailors to enter the medal race (final race) was calculated and six teams from Royal Cork Yacht Club made it through with one team from Malahide Yacht Club, National Yacht Club, Dingle Sailing Club and Kinsale Yacht Club. 
 
The medal race (race 7) gave double points and the pressure was on to get a good start.  James McCann and Michael Carrol of Royal Cork Yacht Club were ahead all the way with excellent mark rounding and good boat control that got them over the final line first.  Fellow club members, Harry Durcan and Harry Whittaker, were close on their tail and came in second place.
 
The overall top three was a ÒRoyal FlushÓ
á         1st Harry Durcan and Harry Whittaker of Royal Cork Yacht Club with 29 points.
á         2nd Peter McCann and Michael OÕSuileabhain of Royal Cork Yacht Club with 32 points.
á         3rd Adam DÕArcy and James Hassett of Royal Yacht Club with 42 points.
Ladies Competition
á         1st Gemma McDowell and Cara McDowell of Royal Cork Yacht Club on 45 points.
 
The two Harrys of Royal Cork Yacht Club are overjoyed to win the event. Harry Durcan (helm) said ÒThe event was fun.  It was hard to be consistent and to always be at the top of the fleet.Ó  When asked what he would change if he wanted to improve his performance further he said ÒI would stick to the plan we made and not change it out on the water. We had studied the tides for Kinsale Harbour and each time we made decisions outside of our plan our performance dipped.Ó At HarryÕs next event he will be representing Ireland at the Optimist Worlds in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Harry will then be moving on to compete in 29ers in 2015. Harry Whittaker (crew) usually crews in 420Õs and his next event is in Spain with the ISA Academy.
 
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