Friday 24 November 2017

Sailing: Mixed day for O'Learys in testing conditions

After a day of fresh to strong winds off the Old Head of Kinsale, slightly easier conditions should allow the full fleet of 90 boats to sail their final races in the Covestone Asset Management Sovereigns Cup today.

T-Bone, helmed by Nicholas O'Leary, lost the overall lead of the 1720 Sportsboat class after breaking their mast, having scored a second place in the opening race of the day.

With the leader heading for the boatyard, Olympic sailor Peter O'Leary was able to deliver a perfect hat-trick for the day and bounced back into the overall lead in the class.

Just three races remain today and O'Leary's father Anthony, currently in third overall, will be determined to deny his eldest son victory in a no-holds-barred family contest.

Other classes have clear leaders going into today's final programme, none more so than Kinsale's own paralympic veteran of ten Olympiads John Twomey.

Six straight wins leaves him in command of class three on Shillelagh and likely to complete the regatta with a race to spare.

Irish Independent

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