"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.
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