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Laser Nationals finish at RCYC

East Antrim's Chris Penney won the Standard Division. Chris's father Stephen, in 11th place, won the Masters division. Photo: Bob Bateman

East Antrim’s Chris Penney won the Standard Division. Chris’s father Stephen, in 11th place, won the Masters division. Photo: Bob Bateman

The 2013 Laser Nationals wrapped up on Sunday evening after a very successful series. With 153 boats, it was the biggest fleet seen in years with many overseas entries from as far a field as Russia, New Zealand , Canada, the UK and Holland.
Despite losing racing on Thursday due to lack of wind, OOD Dave O Brien managed a great regatta with 8 races sailed. The main interest was in the 79 boat Radial fleet where Annalise Murphy, fresh back from Olympic training in Brazil was pitted against the cream of Irish and overseas talent. The silverware however went to NYCs Finn Lynch who sailed an excellent regatta to hold off Tristan Brown (UK) in 2nd and Jon Emmit (UK) in 3rd. RCYC sailor Seafra Gilfoyle showed great form to secure 5th overall and 2nd youth with club mate Cian Byrne in a strong 10th place in this razor sharp fleet.
In the standard fleet it took an 11th hour protest to separate the top 3 results with Chris Penny (East Antrim BC) wining from Alan Ruigrok (Rush SC) with Russian Maxim Nikolaev in 3rd. Nick Walsh from RCYC was 17th overall and 4th Master with Eddie Rice in 23rd and Billy Duane Snr in 27th.
The 4.7 fleet was won by Daniel Reymond (NYC) from Nicole Hemeryck (NYC) with Ciaran Finnegan WHSC) in 3rd. Local sailor Harry Durcan had a super event in his first outing in a laser in 7th . Other highlights were race wins for Johnny Durcan (9th overall) and a bullet also for Luke McGrath (12th overall). Young Billy Duane had a fantastic first day and was overnight leader on Friday night with a 2,9&10 and finishing a creditable 18th.
The event was run by a huge team of volunteers who ran a very efficient and enjoyable event for a large diverse fleet. Many thanks to all those who gave their time and effort in making the event the success it was.

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