Royal Cork Optimist sailors dominated the prizes at the Leinster Championships at Malahide on 8th & 9th September.
In the Gold Fleet, Philip Brownlow finished 2nd, being pipped at the post by Colm O’Regan of Kinsale in the last race. Philip, who is only just 11, sailed a wonderfully consistent regatta in difficult conditions, never finishing out of the top 20 out of a fleet of 94 boats. Richie Harrington, had a disappointing regatta by his very high standards of this year, but still managed to finish 5th to maintain his National ranking of 2nd. However, the Harrington family will be consoled by his sister, Amy, taking her first bullet in a regional event by winning the 5th race.
The Silver Fleet was won by Michael Magowan of Tralee, closely followed by Conor Lyden of the Royal Cork, who completed a
great season of consistently excellent results to progress to the Gold Fleet from the Bronze Fleet in successive regattas. Other notable local results in the Silver Fleet included Seafra Guilfoyle in 4th and Peter McCann in 5th.
The Bronze Fleet was completely dominated by Royal Cork sailors who completed a cleans sweep of 1st to 5th. Tom Morehead celebrated his 14th birthday by winning, followed by Julie Tingle, John Galvin, Cian Cahill and Cian Byrne.
The main fleet results can be found by clicking the following link: http://iodai.com/media/i/Lein2007nh.html
Similar domination was achieved in the Regatta Fleet with Harry Whittaker winning by a substantial margin from yet another product of the famous Lyden family – Eoin. The Lyden’s bring commitment to Optimist sailing to unprecedented levels with 4 boys competing regularly at National level.
The regatta fleet results can be seen by clicking the following link: