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Sailing: O'Leary weathers the storm

Tie-breaks were needed to score several classes after yesterday's wind and rain-swept racing in the biennial Sovereigns Cup regatta in Kinsale that reaches its climax this afternoon with further testing conditions expected.

All but one class has open contests for the overall lead and picking an outright winner from the 101-boat field is impossible.

Just Class Zero national champion Anthony O'Leary on Antix appears to have his 10-boat division sewn up after two emphatic race wins as winds gusted close to gale force from the south.

However, in the smaller boat classes with larger turnouts, the closest racing is being sailed.

The Quarter-tonne championship still sees Neil Kennefick and Joxer O'Brien's Tiger holding the most slender of leads over visiting British entry Aguil, owned by Rob Grey. The pair are tied on points for first place, though the Irish boat's second place and race win yesterday shaded a first and a third by the visitors.

Kinsale entry Anchor Challenge, skippered by Eamonn Rohan, continues to shadow the pair and trails by a single point.

Meanwhile, the whitesails boats racing in Class 5 are also tied for the overall lead as Philip Dilworth's Orna from the National Yacht Club and John and Phil Downing's Samba have equal scores, though two firsts for the visiting boat yesterday were among the most consistent of the day.

Irish Independent