Ulster Championships Ended - Next Stop Leinsters!
The Ulster Championships concluded with four races on Sunday as the sunny weather continued.
All fleets had a wonderful day's sailing; the Regatta fleet had a full series of 6 races and it's clear that there is lots of talent emerging from the Regatta Fleet this year. See
Regatta Fleet report below.
The Senior Fleet was a closely contested competition, with the Gold fleet being won by Harry Durcan, and the Silver fleet won by Dara Donnelly. The top five
places in the Senior fleet went to Harry Durcan, Douglas Elmes, Harry Whitaker, Daniel Raymond and Scott Levie.
Harry Durcan (RCYC), winner of the Senior Fleet
Dara Donnelly (NYC), winner of the Senior Silver Fleet
The Junior Fleet was an exciting event, with first place overall, and the Junior Silver trophy going to Peter Fagan. Loghlen Rickard was the winner of the Junior Gold fleet. Three out of
the top five sailors from the Junior fleet came from the Silver fleet, which means an exciting year for this fleet. Top five Juniors were Peter Fagan, Loghlen Rickard, Mícheal o'Suilleabhain,
Clare Gorman, and James McCann.
Peter Fagan (NYC), winner of the Junior Fleet
Loghlen Rickard (NYC), winner of Junior Gold Fleet
Well done to all sailors, who will get to meet up again in Skerries for the Leinster Championships on 16th June.
Regatta Fleet Ulster Optimist Championships
weekend (26th/27th) saw the Optimist Ulster Championships return to Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club after a great event there in 2011. There were 14 entries in the Regatta fleet.
This year the
regatta fleet is led by Head Coach Cian O’Reagan from Kinsale Yacht Club and deputy head coach Connor Hopkins.
Day one was
very windy but all regatta fleet sailors made it safely on and off the water. They had heavy weather training in the morning and
completed one race before the gusts increased to 25 knots which put an end to sailing for the day. Day 2 brought beautiful sunshine
and light winds. Due to the efficiency of the slip master & his team, the regatta fleet had a quick turnaround which enabled race officer Johnny Millar
to successfully run 5 more races to complete the series.
On the heavy day Rob Keal had an outstanding race to comfortably win by keeping his
boat as flat as possible & hiking like a pro! In the lighter races Dylan O’Grady was a comfortable winner by coming first in 4 races.
Cian & Connor look forward to seeing you all at the next event in Skerries.
The overall prizes went to:
U 10 & overall winner Dylan O’Grady HYC
U 9 winner
Robert Keal RCYC
Best Local sailor
Robbie Gomes RNIYC
Eve McMahon HYC
By: Jill Sommerville standing in for Mandy kelly