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Royal Cork’s Rory crowned Ulster Champion

The long trek to the other end of the country did not put off the Royal Cork fleet at the weekend, as they travelled en-masse to Royal North of Ireland YC for the Optimist Ulsters. It was a challenging weekend, Saturday bringing gusty conditions with whitecaps, and Sunday proving to be a little bit too much for the fleet, with no racing held. The overnight results stood for the series.

Rory O’Sullivan showed his usual exceptional skills in these conditions, taking Senior Gold fleet with two firsts and a second being clearly untouchable. Royal Cork sailors were to feature elsewhere in the top 10, with Killian O’Regan in 8th, one point ahead of Michael Crosbie who beat Harry Pritchard on tiebreak. A further four club sailors made the top 20, James Dwyer-Matthews, Richard McSweeney, Eoin Horgan and Jamie Venner coming in a flush of 17th-20th. Cillian Foster finished 25th, and immediately behind him in 26th was Eva Spillane, 2nd Silver and First Silver Girl. Ciara Burns took 30th place, followed closely by Kate Horgan in 32nd and Patrick Bruen in 33rd.

Olympic 49er hopeful Robbie Gilmore briefs the Royal Cork sailors before racing

Olympic 49er hopeful Robbie Gilmore briefs the Royal Cork sailors before racing


In Junior fleet, Simon Pritchard lead the Royal Cork charge finishing a very good 4th behind an incredibly consistent top 3 sailors. Stephen Cunnane and Anna Keal followed immediately behind him, Anna also taking best girl. Lucy Bateman finished 8th.  There followed another Royal Cork cluster of sailors, with David McSweeney, Emmet Lucas, Ryan Nolan and George Pritchard taking places 22 – 25, with only four points separating all of them. Alana Twomey was close behind in 27th.

Our usually strong Regatta representation was reduced to two, Harry Moynan performing extremely well in 3rd place, and Maeve Crosbie 14th.

Thanks to Andrew who towed the class trailer behind his car (“you wouldn’t know you had it!!”) and also to our class support coach from NI, Robbie Gilmore, who we wish the best on his Olympic 49er campaign.

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