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James O’Callaghan, High Performance Director of the ISA reported last evening from  Lake Garda,  where he was supervising and helping with the loading of equipment following the conclusion of the 420 World Championships  which was attended by a large contingent of young Irish sailors.

The best Irish overall result, which was indeed very encouraging, was 11th position in the Womens Gold Fleet posted by Jane Butler and Jenny Andreasson of Dublin in a fleet of 42.

In the Open Gold Fleet Stephen Tiernan and Dermot McMorrough placed 45th

Open Silver:

Cian O’Regan and Mark Boylan             31st
Timmy O’Laoire and Brian Kelleher      35th
Scot Flanigan and Luke Malcolm           42nd
Richie Harrington and Robbie English   45th
Eoghan Cudmore and Séan Murphy       52nd

Womens Silver:

Diana Kissane and Hazel O’Neill            24th
Laura and Louise McCarthy                    30th
Emma Geary and Niamh Connolly          37th
Katie Gambier-Ross and Ali Dix             39th
Muireann Guilfoyle and Eimear O’Leary 41st   

As long as this writer can remember,  the 420, whilst very popular worldwide, hasn’t always enjoyed much enthusiasm in Ireland.  Indeed there was a period where the Laser 2 held sway and now the 420  has competition from the Feva as a step up dinghy.  It is indeed very encouraging to see so many 420 Class members travelling abroad and keeping Irish dinghy sailing to the fore.

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