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
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
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.