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Sailing: Irish hopefuls still in frame to hit Olympics target despite mixed fortunes

IRELAND'S Olympic Games hopefuls slipped back at the ISAF World Championships off Fremantle in Western Australia yesterday, but were still on course to qualify.

In the 49er skiff, Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern from Ballyholme were in eighth place by nation last night -- well inside the Olympic Games qualification criteria -- but in 15th place overall when the two flights for the 67-boat class are combined.

With frontal weather conditions delivering squalls and wind-shifts across their course, they recorded a seventh and 11th score for the day, with a 12th-place finish being dropped on the single series discard.


Weather conditions were similarly tricky for Peter O'Leary and David Burrows in the Star keelboat class.

They opened the day with a solid 11th place, but were then disqualified from the second contest when the race committee invoked the 'black flag' rule after three attempted starts ended in general recalls.

O'Leary and Burrows started beside the committee-boat and were judged to be over the starting line early after an incident with another boat.

The pair were scored 42 points, which became their discard, and that in turn resulted in them counting an earlier 33rd place from Monday.

That left the Olympic veteran crew back in 14th place overall and 11th by nation -- right on the cut-off point to qualify for the Olympics.

Irish Independent