Sunday 17 December 2017

Sailing: Title destination up in air

The overall winner of the ISA All-Ireland Sailing Championships will not be known for several weeks following yesterday's becalmed final series off Roche's Point.

Eight reached the final from 21 invited national champions that sailed qualifications flights, beginning on Friday afternoon in perfect racing conditions.

However, the breeze steadily died as the weekend progressed and no racing was possible for yesterday's final. Defending champion Nicholas O'Leary topped the qualification round with Sligo's Niall Henry but, as neither has sailed against each yet, the overall title cannot be awarded.

Six other top helms also qualified including O'Leary's father Anthony, who has yet to win an All-Ireland title.

It was a different outcome for the junior and girls events that were held inside Roche's Point where a gentle six-knot breeze was enough to deliver three races for the 19-strong fleet. Courtown's Philip Doran emerged overall winner after a close battle with Rory Lynch from Blessington that ended with the pair just a point apart.

Strangford sailor Sophie Murphy placed best of the seven girls in ninth overall and lifted the trophy for the girls' championship title.

Irish Independent

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