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UCD Win Student World Yachting Championship at La Rochelle, France

UCD Team Ireland have convincingly won the Student Yachting World Cup in France by a massive twelve points over their nearest rivals Canada.    Due to atrocious weather conditions with extremely high winds the series was shortened with no racing possible yesterday or today. The Irish team took the lead on Tuesday and extended it further having been reinstated in a race they were previously disqualified from as being OCS. Fortunately there was video evidence to show quite clearly the UCD team did not have an OCS start.

The event was decided on the results of 13 races and two discards. Ireland won comprehensively on 25 points with Dalhousie University, Canada, second on 37 points and CUS Brescia Italy in third place on 41 points.  A total of fourteen teams competed.

It is the second time Ireland has won the prestigious trophy with CIT Cork having taken the title in 2008 and also having had a previous second and third placing, the latter when they were unlucky enough to have drawn a slow boat in the fleet and in the circumstances it was a superb result for George Kenefick and his team at the time.

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