Bateman Brothers are 2019 Irish Sailing Junior All Ireland Champions:
Chris Bateman of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club has won this year’s Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships in Schull today (Sunday 29 September 2019) with crew, younger brother Olin. Also of note, Olin Bateman (age 9) was the youngest competitor at the Junior All Ireland Championships this weekend.
The Bateman Brothers had a decisive victory, winning four out of the nine races, and finishing with 22 points. Behind them was Clare Gorman (National YC) with 34 points who just pipped fellow club member Rian Geraghty-McDonnell who finished in third place with 35 points.
Hosted by the Fastnet Outdoor Marine & Outdoor Education Centre in Schull, Cork, fifteen nominees from a wide variety of Irish Sailing affiliated classes from across the country competed in the event. Each nominee picked a crew member, and the competitors all used the Centre’s fleet of TR 3.6s over two days (Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September).
Racing took place inside Schull Harbour with variable conditions over the weekend – very wet with light winds building to heavier weather on Saturday, followed by champagne sailing on Sunday with beautiful sunshine and gusts of between 12 to 15 knots from the north.
Final results: 1st place was Chris Bateman and Olin Bateman, in 2nd place was Clare and Conor Gorman, and 3rd place was Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Nathan Van Steenberge.
Royal Cork’s Michael Crosbie (with fellow club member Ben O’Shaughnessy) were just outside the podium and finished 4th overall.
Harry Twomey (sailing with Killian O’Regan) representing the Irish Team Racing Association finished in 7th overall with fellow Royal Cork club mates Darragh Collins (sailing with Oisin McSweeney) representing the Irish Topper Association completing the event in 11th place.
Very well done to all the competitors.