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7 October 2006, 09:15 am
Cream of Irish Sailing Prepare For Battle
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ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship 2006
Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

Briefing for the ISA All Ireland Junior/Girls Fleet has just concluded at the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire as Con MURPHY, Commodore and Junior/Girls Race Officer welcomed all to the newly revamped club.
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'Quiet Correct' will be the flagship for the Junior/Girls Fleet and with a 10.30 start the day will be busy with six qualifying races to complete. This year a particular emphasis is being made to sail within view of spectators but the final decision on where to race rests with the weather gods. Another first this year is that there is a boat provided for all Junior/Girl competitors to race together.

'It's a high quality field' commented Sean CRAIG, ISA Racing Manager at the briefing. 'Plus it is possible that a Girl could win both the Girls and the Junior Trophy as for 2006 we race both fleets together.'

In the Senior Fleet the competition to find the Champion of Champions in Irish sailing will take place in 1720 Sportsboat. The 1720 class have generously supplied boats for the event, which sailed with their new club rig and without spinnakers will create a pure test of helming ability.

The boats will be sailed three up to include an owner's representative on board. This means that the competing sailor must provide his/her own number three. For some the difficulty arises with the weight restriction - the Competitor and his/her Crew must weight 190kg or less. Since Registration (and weighting-in) many sailors have been seen jogging up and down the east pier in an effort to lose those extra kilos.

The first race is scheduled for 10am tomorrow with Jack Roy acting as Senior Race Office in the Flagship 'MacLir'.

The ISA All Ireland Sailing Championship is sponsored by the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company. In addition Viking Marine and Topper Sailboats, in a joint sponsorship deal, will supply all new Topper sails for the Junior/Girls event which will standardise their fleet. Dublin Sea Tours are also supporting the ISA by providing a press/photographers boat for both days.

Bernadette FOX (As Amended By ISAF)
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