Ireland's national sailing event will see the best of Irish sailors compete to be crowned the 2007 All Ireland Sailing Champion.
The National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire will host this premier domestic championship this coming weekend (6-7 October 2007). The Senior competition will be sailed in the J/80s from the new Irish Sailing Association (ISA) SailFleet and the Junior & Girls event will take place in Laser Radial dinghies.
"2007 Champion Peter O'LEARY will be defending his title but he will have strong competition to contend with,"
said Ed ALCOCK, ISA Racing Manager. "One interesting wildcard nominee is Ger O'Rourke who recently added the title of overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race to his list of triumphs for 2007."
In the lead up to the 2008 Olympic Games it will be interesting to watch the two Olympic Squad nominees Gerald OWENS
, who earlier in the summer secured Ireland place at the 2008 Games in the 470 class, and Star campaigner Maurice O'CONNELL
. Interestingly enough, the 2006 defending champion, Peter O'LEARY, has begun competing internationally in the Star class.
Following on the success of 2007, this year's championship will see an even stronger girl's presence within the junior and girl's competition which takes place in the Olympic class Laser Radial dinghy.
Returning to defend her title will be Rachel GUY (2006 girl's champion) however this year the girl's fleet will include nine strong competitors, including local sailor Annalise MURPHY
who campaigns her Laser Radial regularly on the Olympic circuit.
Last year there was a battle royal between Ben LYNCH and Aidan MCLAVERY as they chased the junior title, which George KENEFICK ultimately clinched. Although KENEFICK is not competing this year neither LYNCH nor MCLAVERY can expect plain sailing as the girls sail within the junior fleet and can also aim for the junior title.
Event Website - www.sailing.ie/allireland