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16 April 2007, 02:18 pm
Smiles All Round For Sailors In Sunny South!
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ISA Youth And Junior Pathway Championship 2007
Cork, Ireland

The new champions for 2007 after conclusion of Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Youth Nationals and Junior Pathway Championship 2007 on 13 April. International Race Officer, Alan CROSBIE was impressed with the standard of racing in both the Junior and Youth fleets.
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Both fleets sailed in the same race area, just off the sunny shores of Currabinny in Cork Harbour, and enjoyed glorious sailing in Friday's south easterly sea breeze of 8-10 knots.

'The quality of the starts was very high,' noted CROSBIE. 'I was further impressed to notice that all fleets showed a continuous improvement as the week progressed. Allowing the Junior and Youth fleets in the same race area for the last two days worked out well, providing the best of conditions for all.'

Ashore, Rory FITZPATRICK explained that the sailors competing here at the Royal Cork Yacht Club ranged from those interested in sailing fulltime and campaigning for future Olympics, to the younger sailors who want to spend every spare minute afloat because they were 'just having fun'.

'The competition within the fleets was strong,' explained FITZPATRICK, ISA Youth and Development Manager. 'For many their performance in this event contributes to squad selections, which brings with it funding, coaching and support in attending international events.'

Leaders Hold On

In all fleets the overnight leaders held onto their positions.

In the Mirror class Mark BOYLAN and Eoin HICKEY of Skerries Sailing Club closed the day with a second and fourth place while Alan RUIGROK from nearby Howth Yacht Club came first in the Laser 4.7 fleet. RUIGROK can be especially pleased with his four days' sailing, as the majority of his results were top two placings.

Counting four race wins, Maria DOLAN from Blessington Sailing Club was a convincing winner of the Topper title.

Kinsale Yacht Club sailors, Rob LEHANE and Peter DUGGAN maintained their strong grip over the 420 fleet, while Aidan MCLAVERY took the Laser Radial title with three bullets over the four days of racing. Not to be outdone, fellow club member George KENEFICK, with four race wins clinched the Laser Youth title.

RCYC sailor Isabella MOREHEAD and Richard HARRINGTON, earlier in the week, claimed first and second respectively, in the 2007 Optimist Junior Pathway Championship in their two day event from 10-11 April.

For all the latest news from the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship CLICK HERE.

Bernadette Fox (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from the Youth Nationals:© David Branigan/Oceansport
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