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Results Are Rolling In from Ballyholme

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Great performance shots in day 2’s windy conditions thanks to www.wavelengthimage.com

Day 4

Congratulations Geoff, James, Ewan, Jack, Rob, Lewis, Justin.

After a week of incredible sailing the final results are up and awards are presented. Congratulations everyone on an amazing week.
Full results on Ballyhome Yacht Club web site here.

– 1st on 18 points Geoff Power & James McCann Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club.
– 2nd on 20 points Gemma McDowell & Emma Gallagher Malahide Yacht Club
– 3rd on 21 points Kate Lyttle & Niamh Henry Royal St George Yacht Club

  • – 1st on 41 points Ewan McMahon Howth Yacht Club
  • – 2nd on 50 points Conor Quinn Rush Sailing Club
  • – 3rd on 51 points Aaron Rogers Rush Sailing Club


  • – 1st on17 points Jack Fahy Royal St George Yacht Club
  • – 2nd on 22 points Caoimh Foster Royal Cork Yacht Club
  • – 3rd on 22 points Clare Gorman The National Yacht Club


  • – 1st on 15 points Rob Keal Royal Cork Yacht Club
  • – 2nd on 19 points Dan McCaughey Ballyholme Yacht Club
  • – 3rd on 20 points Conor Horgan Royal Cork Yacht Club


  • – 1st on 6 points Lewis Thompson Ballyholme Yacht Club
  • – 2nd on 15 points Adam Irvin Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School
  • – 3rd on 17 points Hannah Dadley-Young Ballyholme Yacht Club


  • – 1st on 28 points Justin Lucas Royal Cork Yacht Club / Tralee Bay Sailing Club -Fenit
  • – 2nd on 72 points Conor Gorman National Yacht Club
  • – 3rd on 73 points Harry Twomey Crookhaven Harbour Sailing Club / Royal Cork Yacht Club

Hats off to the many many many volunteers and parents that make an event like this such a success for the young sailors. Congratulations #happyeaster

Full report on the days racing will be posted tomorrow (Monday), coaches and sailors are busy packing up for now (@17:30 Sunday).

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‘Talent spotting.’

Day 3

Flat seas and some great performances

After the strong breezes of yesterday, many of the 200 plus sailors plus the race management team were glad to see flatter seas this morning with a light and cold 6 knot breeze at the start of the 3rd day of the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships and Optimist Trials

Unfortunately for Course Areas 1 and 2 for the ISA Youth Pathway fleets, the breeze soon died away a little and all classes only managed one race despite many attempts across the day. With lighter winds, the tide cam into play for some of the fleets making it difficult to stay behind the line and most classes struggled with General Recalls, Uniform and Black flag starts.

Course 3 is set a little closer to Ballyholme Bay and further out into the lough than the other fleets and got the best of the conditions today with the Optimists managing 3 races – the last of which dragged on with a long final race. Sadly the breeze then filled in but the young sailors were by then tired and cold and sent home with Race 4 of the day postponed until tomorrow.

Harry Twomey made the most of the difficult conditions with two 1sts in the first and last race of the day. Johnny Flynn won the middle race with a great downwind leg which was finished at the bottom gate. The most consistent sailor however has been Justin Lucas fully deserving his overall lead at the end of Day 3 with three top 5 results and now counts only 22 points after 10 races with discards.

On Course 1, Gemma McDowell and Emma Gallagher got the best start of the 420 fleet whilst Geoff Power and James McCann struggled to keep speed and had to tack off after getting leebowed. The girls 1st place squeezes up the points margin between themselves and the boys who continue to lie 1st overall.

In the single race for the Laser fleet County Antrim’s (Whitehead) Andrew Mitchell had his best race of the series with a bullet. Johnny Durcan saw the greater breeze on the left hand side of the course being enjoyed by the 420 fleet and managed a 4th whilst Ewan McMahon now discards the 11th he scored when struggling on the right hand side.

On Course 2, Caoimhe Foster had a great race in the Laser 4.7 with a win from Jack Fahy who continues to lead overall. Newcastle’s Erin McIlwaine (also the daughter of our photographer) had a great day with a win in the Toppers and moves up to 3rd place on equal points with joint Donaghedee/Ballyholme’s Dan McGaughey. Rob Keal continues to lie first overall with Conor Horgan in second. Adam Irvin from the Irish National Sailing School in Dun Laoghaire won his first race in the Topper 4.2’s with Lewis and Hannah leading still overall.

Three races are now scheduled for all classes tomorrow on the final day of racing in an attempt to catch up from those races postponed.

Full results for the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships and Optimist Trials are available at http://ballyholme.com/racing-results/.

The 2017 ISA Youth Pathway National Championships are supported by Ards & North Down Borough Council and Quay Marinas.

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Problems with Sailwave showing the 420 results on the Ballyhome site tonight. I am sure it will be there tomorrow, check here  – :(.

Day 2
ISA Youth Pathway National Championships and Optimist Trials 2017

Day 2 of the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships and Optimist Trials saw all of the fleets afloat for the first time with over 200 sailors visiting Ballyholme Yacht Club. The 2017 ISA Youth Pathway National Championships are supported by Ards & North Down Borough Council and Quay Marinas.

With a stronger breeze than yesterday averaging 12-14 knots but peaking just over 20 knots, fitness and stamina were important especially in the Laser Radial fleet where Ewan McMahon and Johnny Durcan showed the form expected with Ewan winning the first 2 races and Johnny the latter. The Radial fleet were a bit excitable in the first race of the day with 3 general recalls and Johnny earned himself a BFD dropping him to third overall. Henry Higgins splits the two of them overall. Sally Bell continues to lead the ladies although she copied Johnny’s BFD in the first.

There was lots of tight racing in the 420 class with little separating the first few at the finishes. Wexford Harbour’s duo of Geoff Power and James McCann however managed to escape at the end of each race with three bullets for the day, and now leads overall.

The Optimist fleet had four races today which tested all of the youngsters especially with a squall at the start of the last race with all but only a few getting too tired in the testing conditions to finish the last race.

The Laser 4.7 fleet started their racing today with Sally Bell’s younger brother Harry from Royal North Ireland winning the first race. Jack Fahy won the second race and Clare Gorman the last but the most consistent and now leads overall with a 4,2,1

Another family affair, Jack Fahy’s sister Kate showed great form in the Topper fleet which was also racing for their first day lying second overall from East Down’s Sarah Jennings. Rob Keal won the first two races however and leads overall with 1,1,4. The Topper 4.2 fleet saw a local fight between Lewis Thompson, Hannah Dadley-Young and Josh McGregor with Lewis also getting 3 bullets for the day.

Full results for the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships are at http://ballyholme.com/racing-results/.

The Optimist Trials results may be found on the IODAI website here.

In the evening, Rio Olympic Silver medalist Annalise Murphy gave the young audience some great reflections of her journey from the Optimist Trials through the various Pathway Championships in her Laser Radial and what it took to medal in Rio after the disappointments of London. There were lots of titbits for the competitors to remember and Annalise revealed the level of commitment required with some of the extracts from her training diary started at the age of 13.

Day 3 of the racing starts tomorrow at 11:00 for all classes. The Championships finish on Sunday.

Optimist Justin Lucas IMG_1142 Top 5_3 Rob Keal IMG_1580 420 Geoff Power James McCann IMG_2469 Laser 4_7 Clare Gorman IMG_7102

Thanks to wavelengthimage.com for images

420’s, Optimists and Laser Radials out on Day 1

Over 130 boats took to the water today at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough on Day 1 of the ISA Youth Pathway National Championships and Optimist Trials. The event is supported by Ards & North Down Borough Council. Only 2 courses were sailed today with the Topper and Laser 4.7 fleets starting tomorrow instead.

On the Optimist course, 3 races were completed in a light steady westerly breeze – the first two races saw all of the competitors behaving themselves on the start line but the eager youngsters couldn’t help themselves on the final start with a single general recall under Race Officer Harry Gallagher.

The sailors from Royal Cork Yacht Club showed the strongest form with 13 year old Justin Lucas winning the first two races and Cillian Forster the last. First Junior overall after Day 1 is Luke Turvey from Howth in 7th whilst first lady is Emily Riordan from Royal St George in Dun Laoghaire. Four races are scheduled for thw Optimists tomorrow.

On Course 1, Gemma McDowell and Emma Gallagher lead overall in the double-handed 420 class with 1,2,2, followed by Kate Lyttle and Niamh Henry (3,4,1)

The Laser Radial fleet is the glamour fleet this weekend with ISA Performance squad members Howth’s Ewan McMahon and Cork’s Johnny Durcan battling it out with future ISAF Youth Worlds selection in view later this year – however Aaron Rogers from Rush leads overall with 1,2,1. Royal North’s Sally Bell leads the ladies.

Racing continues until Sunday with 4 races scheduled for the Optimists and 3 for the other classes starting at 11:00 tomorrow. 200 boats are expected on the water. Full results link will be published here when available.

More pics here on facebook gallery.

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Thanks to wavelengthimage.com for images