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Royal Cork Coaches Nicole Hemeryck and Tom Keal with their sailors

Royal Cork take top 4 Senior Gold places at final Regional event

Adverse weather patterns will be the enduring memory of the 2017 season, with no wind at trials and no single regional event delivering a full series. The Leinsters, hosted by the National YC in Dun Laoghaire finished the season true to form. Gusts > 30kts on Saturday meant only 2 races got in the schedule; Sunday saw another 2 snuck in by Olympic PRO Con Murphy before 45kn gusts tore Dublin Bay asunder.  This meant no discard applied.

Justin Lucas – overall winner of the Leinster Championships at the National YC/PM Ledoux

In Senior Fleet, Daragh Collins began the charge, finishing 2nd Silver. Neil O’Leary was narrowly beaten into 31st by Eoin Horgan, 30th. Kate Horgan finished 28th, with Patrick Bruen a few places ahead in 24th. Just breaking into the top 20 was Richard McSweeney, going well in the heavy breeze. Jamie Venner made 14th, with a strong 8th place finish in Race 4. James Dwyer Matthews had a great 7th, before the lock-out of Michael Crosbie, Harry Pritchard, Harry Twomey and Justin Lucas in places 4 through 1 – a superb result.

George Pritchard going well to windward – a picture of concentration! /PMLedoux

Junior Fleet also saw the club sailors collect some glassware.  Making their Main Fleet debut were Sam Coveney (53rd), Harry Moynan (52nd) and Liam Duggan (48th) – hard-won results given the conditions.  David McSweeney was 39th, Rian Collins 34th and Emmet Lucas 32nd. Ben O’Shaughnessy narrowly missed out on top 5 silver, finishing 21st having capsized at the start of race 4. Alana Twomey had another good regatta, finishing 18th and 4th Silver. George O’Keeffe also had a great outing,  3rd Silver and 16th overall. George Pritchard was a superb 9th, chasing down his brother Simon in 6th place and best Royal Cork Junior.

Charlie Venner collecting best U12 and 2nd overall Regatta Fleet/PM Ledoux

Regatta fleet representation was somewhat thinned with the moves to main fleet, but Charlie Venner and Daniel Horgan flew the flag with pride. Daniel finished a creditable 30th following a swim or two, and Charlie narrowly missed out on an overall win, coming 2nd overall and best U11.

Other club sailors under their home burgees were Eimer McMorrow Moriarty in 10th and Archie Daly 18th.
The final event means that overall rankings are now published, and well done to Rory O’Sullivan topping senior rankings and Royal Cork sailors taking 5 of the top 10 places. We have four of the top ten in Junior, Simon & George along with Anna Keal and Stephen Cunnane.  In total, 27 of our sailors have qualified for trials out of a total of 90 – an excellent representation and quite possibly a record.
The Burns Trophy continues on Saturdays in September, and we look forward to the Cobbler each Sunday in October which will include a Regatta and Main Fleet.
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