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Lynch ‘clinches’ Irish Topper Nationals Title

The Topper Irish National Championships 2019 were held last weekend July 5th -7th at The Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, Co Down.

The Royal Cork had 12 sailors representing the Royal Cork at the event.

We had excellent sailing conditions over the first two days with winds ranging from 7 to 13 knots under glorious sunshine.

The competition was strong especially from the GBR sailors.

 After Day one after some excellent sailing over 3 races  we had 3 RCYC sailors in the top 5 – Hugh Lynch (3rd),Darragh Collins(4th) and Cillian Foster(5th).

Day 2 – We had 4 races after which  we had a mixed bag of results with Tim Evans GBR leading with 5 bullets  but Hugh Lynch got a bullet in the 6th race and  broke his winning streak .

At the end of day two Hugh Lynch is now in 2nd place  with Darragh Collins(9th) and Cillian Foster(10th)

Day 3 – Very light winds awaited us at the club and the possibility of getting 2 races in looked slim.

Our sailors launched and drifted to the race area but thankfully the wind picked up – we got in our 2 races.

 After 9 races the results were as follows

 Hugh Lynch – 2019 Irish National Champion

 Cillian Foster – 2nd Youth Male

 Kate Horgan – 2nd Youth Female

 Emma O’Sullivan – 3rd Youth Female


Full Overall 5.3 results were – Hugh Lynch(2),Cillian Foster (4th),Darragh Collins(10th),Neil O’Leary(13th),Kate Horgan (14th),Eoin Horgan (15th),Emma O”sullivan (21st),Oisin Mac Sweeney(22nd),Frances Corkery(23rd),Cian McDonagh(39th),Joe O”Sullivan(41st)

 Rian Collins sailing in the 4.2 fleet had an amazing event scoring an amazing 9 bullets over 9 races !!!

 Not very often do you see a sailor discarding bullets …..

 Well Done Rian.

 Congratulations to our prize winners and to all our sailors who as always represent our families and   Club so well.

 It is always great to see our sailors competing so strongly against each other on the water but have  such a strong friendship once the race is over.


Diarmuid Lynch

Topper Class Captain.

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