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Optimist Leinster Championships at Skerries

Royal Cork sailors dominated the Junior (under 12) Division
at an almost windless weekend in Skerries. Seafra Guilfoyle continued his
recent good form by convincingly winning the Junior Division with three other RCYC
sailors in the top six.

Saturday’s racing was an almost complete washout with the Junior Division
completing one race out of a scheduled three and no racing at all for the
Senior and Regatta Divisions. The PRO was very keen to ensure that the three
races required for a series were completed and managed to deliver by setting very
short courses under black flags from the outset.

The growing numbers of Optimist sailors persuaded IODAI to restructure the
racing for Regional and National events by splitting the main fleet into Senior
and Junior divisions. This was the first regatta run under the new structure.
This meant that instead of having over a 100 entries in a single fleet they
were split into two groups with 62 in the senior fleet and 48 in the junior.

The Senior Division was run for the second year running by Colm O’Regan of
Kinsale. Best of the Royal Cork sailors was Brendan Lyden in 8th. An
outstanding performance by Chloe Crosbie saw her winning the Silver Fleet in
the Senior division. A number of sailors fell foul of the black flag rule,
notably Jamie Aplin and Killian O’Keeffe and with no discards, were ruled out
of contention. Other Royal Cork prize winners were Christopher Phelan (4th
Silver) and John Durcan (5th Silver).

Senior Division results are available here

Seafra Guilfoyle counted two firsts and an 8th to win the Junior Division
with plenty of room to spare. He was followed by Philip Brownlow (RCYC). Other
Royal Cork prize winners were Peter McCann (4th Gold), Cian Byrne (5th Gold),
Harry Whitaker (2nd Silver) and Eoin Lyden (4th Silver).

Junior Division results are available here

We had no entrants in the regatta fleet which was won by Adam Hyland of

Regatta Divisoin results are available here

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