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RCYC Sailors to the fore in Junior Nationals

Crosshaven sailors were at the front of all fleets in last weeks Junior National Championships held in Lough Derg YC.

The Laser Radial fleet was particularly competitive with our top sailors competing at the highest level after coming home with great results from Lake Garda. The battle for the ISAF Junior place was intense with Robbie Gilmore of Strangford Lough nipping the spot from last years silver medallist Finn Lynch (NYC).

RCYC’s Seafra Gilfoyle sailed a great regatta and was in 3rd place going into the final day but was pushed down to 4th after a cruel OCS in the final race. Cian Byrne also finished a very solid 6th with Dermot Lyden 11th. This all bodes well as all the RCYC sailors have another 1-2 years in this age group.

Local Laser 4.7 interest included Richard Thompson 4th, Tom Mc Grath 8th with Eva Donworth 11th which were all great results in challenging conditions.

In the 420s a very close battle resulted in it all going down to the wire on the last day, with Howth’s Dickson/Wadilove leading RCYC’s Peter McCann/Arran Walsh. The Howth crew prevailed with McCann/Walsh in 2nd.

Patrick Crosbie & Gratten Roberts placed 4th with brothers Harry & David Whitaker in 5th. An extremely good showing of 3 Crosshaven boats in the top 5 for a resurgent local 420 fleet.

RCYCs Jil McGinley partnering Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain (KYC) beat off stiff competition to win the girls event (and 6th overall) and now have to go to the UK nationals to secure qualification for the girls slot at the ISAFs. Good luck girls!

Douglas Elmes and Jamie Tingle sailed a great regatta in their 1st outing together with a solid 13th.

In the Oppy Championship fleet Emily Whitaker came 3rd sailing a very good regatta with Conor Walsh in 7th Kate D’Arcy 9th and Aoife Byrne in 12th. The Oppy Trials fleet held their 1st leg in Lough Derg with excellent results for RCYC boats the 2nd leg will be in RCYC on the May weekend.

Well done to all!!

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