Thursday 21 September 2017

In Brief: Murphy upskills in Moth face-off

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Irish Olympian Annalise Murphy has taken time off from campaigning for the sailing event at the Rio 2016 Games by doing what she enjoys most – more sailing.

This time her key challenger is her own coach Rory Fitzpatrick and their weapons of choice are state-of-the-art Moth dinghies that use foils to fly above the water at high speed.

The pair were nip and tuck during the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta, where they raced against John Chambers. Despite the friendly rivalry between Murphy and Fitzpatrick, the pair continued to train, even holding back during the racing to ensure they could observe each other's technique.

The high speed and co-ordination required to sail the Moth is essential learning for Murphy, according to Fitzpatrick, as she can improve her co-ordination for the Laser Radial dinghy. And staying within earshot allows for plenty of banter also.

Meanwhile, there was less enthusiasm for close encounters in Class Zero, where Howth's Crazy Horse, skippered by Nobby Reilly, was taken out of the event after a collision. Class Zero now has just one local boat, with Morris Mitton's Loose Change from the National Yacht Club among the back-markers against a strong list of overseas challengers.

LANSDOWNE RFC hooker Steve Collins Jnr won on his professional debut in Dundalk last night.

Collins, a son of former two-weight World champion Steve Collins, beat Latvian cruiserweight Stanislavs Makarenko.

Referee Emile Tiedt, a son of Irish 1956 Olympic silver medalist Fred Tiedt, handed Collins a 39-37 points decision after four rounds.

Undefeated Philip Sutcliffe Jnr, a former Irish elite champion, improved to 3 and 0 after a first-round stoppage of Bulgarian light-welter Radolsav Mitev.

Irish Independent

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