In brief: Tonnerre may pay for 'dive'
A dive inshore towards Carlingford by leader Tonnerre de Breskens could prove to be a crucial error by the Dutch boat, as the Conway Media Round Ireland Race started its closing phase on the Irish Sea last night.
Dundrum Bay -- nicknamed 'Dundoldrum Bay' due its notorious wind shadows -- has been the decider of many a boat's fate in previous events.
Having led the 37-boat field since last Sunday's start off Wicklow, Piet Vroon's crew have sailed a near faultless race. However, they are being pursued by the pre-start favourite Rosslare Europort, skippered by Vendee Globe veteran Steve White.
White's goal of a 'line honours' win may now hinge on Tonnerre's inshore flyer proving fatal, but the Dutch boat is in line to win the race on overall handicap corrected time, if winds continue to drop.
The leading boats are expected to arrive in Wicklow this morning, with the remainder of the fleet at sea for a further 36 to 48 hours.
Michael Holland's 72-foot cruising ketch broke its spinnaker pole off Galway Bay yesterday and is at anchor off Connemara, exactly halfway around the 704-mile course.
THE Dublin and District Schoolboys League are on course to win the SFAI Kennedy Cup for the seventh time in a row, after a penalty shoot-out win over Waterford in the quarter-finals at Limerick University yesterday.
Lloyd Buckley fired home the decisive seventh penalty after both sides were locked at 1-1 following extra-time.
The DDSL will meet Limerick, who beat Longford on penalties in yesterday's semi-finals.
Wicklow, the surprise package of the tournament, also needed penalties to progress, after a scoreless draw with Donegal. They will meet South Dublin, who were the only team to book a last-four berth from play, as two goals from Vincent Ogbe secured a 2-1 win over the Midlands League.
Conor Niland made the most of his 'lucky loser' reprieve in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Marburg, Germany yesterday, when he booked a place in the second round with a 6-4 7-5 victory over Spain's Guillermo Olaso.
Meanwhile, unseeded Sam Barry and New Zealand's Ben McLachlan made it to the quarter-finals of the boys' doubles at the ITF U-18 Grade One event in Roehampton.