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Royal Cork 1,2,3 At AIB Mervue Laboratories 29er Nationals

Royal Cork female helmswomen finished first and second overall at the 29er Irish National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven last weekend.

After a ten race series on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour, in which brother and sister Lola and Atlee Kohl won four races, the duo was crowned Irish champions on 20 points with a three-point margin over clubmates Alana Twomey and Chris Bateman. Still, the winners were only decided in the last race.

Overall winners - the Kohls

Overall winners – Atlee (c) and Lola (h) Kohl

Second overall - Alana Twomey and Chris Bateman

In second place – Alana Towmey (h) and Chris Bateman (c)

James Dwyer and Oisín MacSweeney

Third place – James Dwyer (h) and Oisín McSweeney (c)

Most of the racing was held in 12-15 knots, testing sailing conditions.

Rounding out the podium, a third RCYC combination James Dwyer and Oisín MacSweeney, took third overall.

Royal St. George siblings Emily and Jessica Riordan of Dun Laoghaire Harbour were the top female combination in fourth overall in the 15-boat fleet.

Royal St. George's 29er siblings Emily and Jessica Riordan

Royal St. George’s 29er siblings Emily and Jessica Riordan

The youth skiff racing is seen as a step up boat to the Olympic 49ers skiffs. 

Cork native and World Sailing Vice President Marcus Spillane, a former President of the International skiff class, spoke to the sailors at the prizegiving. 

The 29er event is one of the Cork 300 events postponed last year and sponsored by AIB and Mervue Laboratories.

There was a training camp in the club in the week leading up, which many of the competitors attended.


Images from Bob Bateman

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