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Black Flag dashed O’Leary’s hopes of a top ten position at Weymouth

In the International Star Class the penultimate day of racing at Weymouth yesterday had some tricky moments which proved to be disastrous for Peter O’Leary securing a place in the Medal Race that took place today.  The O’Leary/Burrows duo were black flagged in Race 9 along with seven other of the top contenders in the fleet.  However, from their position of lying ninth overall it dropped them to twelfth going into Race 10.  With a finish result of 20 in race10 they were out of contention for the Medal Race at that stage.

Yesterday the weather had contrived to throw everything at the sailors, with a gentle start in just five to six knots turning savage as a squall crossed the course in the afternoon, bringing gusts up to 20 knots and eventually a cold, hard rain.

O’Leary and Burrows have now topped the Irish selection trials beating Maxwell Treacy and Anthony Shanks and their next step in the process is to qualify a spot for Ireland in the Star Class at the Olympic Regatta at Weymouth in 2012.  This will put them under intense pressure at the ISAF World Championships where they will be competing in Perth, Australia from December 3rd to 18th, 2011.

Annalise Murphy took the bronze medal in the Laser radial Class.   In achieving this result she had five wins, a most remarkable performance in the 91 boat fleet.

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