Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sailing: Reilly defies light winds

A fleet of close to 400 boats started racing in the biennial Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay, where light winds almost halted the programme.

Irish title-holding boats took two of the 16 classes convincingly but while the best boats defied the light winds and strong tides, the big turnouts in many classes led to congestion at mark-roundings.

Norbert Reilly's Crazy Horse from Howth Yacht Club won the first race, while Bon Exemple won its class again yesterday.

Nigel Biggs' Checkmate delivered a string of race wins to take the Class Two Irish title in Fenit and won again here.

FIONA Doyle will today bid for a place on the podium at the World University Games when she competes in the final of the 100m breaststroke in Kazan, Russia.

On another successful day for Irish swimming, Doyle qualified fourth-fastest for the 100m breaststroke, while earlier in the day Andrew Meegan continued his great form with another Irish record (15:25.32) on the way to today's final of the 1500m freestyle.

Canada-based Doyle won her semi-final in 1:08.43.

Meanwhile, at the European junior championships in Poznan, Westport's Dearbhail McNamara swam a new PB to secure her place in the 200m breaststroke semi-final. The 15-year-old touched in at 2:37.19 to qualify in 14th place. In the semi-final she clocked 2:37.31, to finish 16th overall.

David O'Sullivan of Galway swam a PB of 2:03.05 to finish 15th overall after the semi-finals of the 200m butterfly.

Most of the cream has floated to the top in the North of Ireland Championship, at Royal Portrush, as the competition reaches the quarter-final stage this morning.

Top of the bill could be the battle between Silver Medallist Brian Casey and Chris Selfridge, but coming up behind is an attractive pairing of Harry Diamond and Irish Close champion Cormac Sharvin.

The Ireland ladies team were sent crashing out of the World University Games at the quarter-final stage after suffering a heavy 8-0 defeat to England in Kazan.

Today (2.0) the Ireland men's team face France in the same round of the competition.

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