British squads to the fore in Schull tests
British squads emerged victorious from the ISAF Team Racing World championships at Schull, Co Cork over the weekend after organisers staged almost 400 races in four days in open and youth events.
West Kirby SC from Merseyside defeated the New York YC team, while their youth counterparts felled Irish hopes of victory when the Schull CC squad, which had won their round-robin phase with 17 wins from 21 races, were beaten in their final.
Meanwhile, at nearby Baltimore SC, Mark Mansfield held his series-long lead to win the Corona championship that assembled 28 of the popular Irish-built sports boats.
Waringstown captain Kyle McCallan received the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup after victory over Andrew White's Instonians at The Green yesterday.
The NCU Challenge Cup holders confirmed their superiority in knock-out competitions with a 16-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method after they made 125-2 in 29 overs.
Their target was 238 in 50, but it was only a matter of time before the forecast rain arrived and McCallan's men had done enough to take home the trophy.
Ireland's lightweight men's quad took had a titanic struggle in their final at the World Championships in Slovenia, but, after holding on to third place through the first 1,500m, they were denied a medal by the fast-finishing Danes.
After finishing fourth at the crucial World Cup regatta at Lucerne in July, Mark O'Donovan and Michael Maher were called in to the crew to join Niall Kenny and Justin Ryan. As Italy took the early initiative, with Germany on their tail, Ireland sculled a superb third quarter to clear the way for bronze. But Denmark went for broke in the last 500m to cross the line a second clear of Ireland behind Italy and Germany.
Dubliner Aron Smith made a decent debut in Britain's top saloon racing class, the British Touring Car Championship, at Knockhill in Scotland yesterday.
Driving a Vauxhall Vectra for Team 888, the 21-year-old finished tenth of the 24 starters in the opening race against much more experienced opposition and 13th in race two later in the day.
Another Dubliner Niall Murray finished sixth and fourth in his two races for the British Ginetta Junior Championship. Aged 16, Murray was last year's Ginetta Junior Irish champion.
Already crowned as National Hillclimb and Sprint champion for the second year, Simon McKinley topped off a tremendous season by winning both days of the Knockalla Hillclimb weekend in Donegal, his 10th and 11th victories from the 12 rounds of the series.