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Vikki Cudmore Wins at Laser Connaughts

Vikki Cudmore deservedly won the Ladies 4.7 Laser Provincial Title at the Connaught Laser Championships hosted recently by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club.

She also came 5th overall in the competitive 4.7 fleet with RCYC having another one/two with Séafra Guilfoyle bagging his fourth provincial title of the year and Cian Byrne in second place securing his fourth top three provincial finish of the year, despite being one of the youngest sailors in the 4.7 fleet.

Katherine Geoghegan finished a creditable 10th place, with Richard Thompson 20th and Thomas McGrath 23rd.

The event was excellently run by Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club. On Saturday, the morning started with winds of five knots for the first race. For races 2 and 3 the wind rose to between fifteen and twenty knots, with testing gusts at times. In the Radial fleet, Dermot Lyden fell victim to the strengthening gusts, when in the second race approaching the windward mark his mast snapped and ended his championship hopes.

On Sunday, the fleets were launched in very light winds and made their way out the harbour. In the end, most boats had to be towed to the start area, where everyone waited patiently for the wind to come. Alas, it wasn’t to be and at 2.00 p.m. the Race Officer called it a day and the towing back into the harbour, of 254 lasers was reminiscent of the retreat from Dunkirk.

The Radial Rig title was won by Tiffany Brien of Ballyholme Yacht Club. Mark Cudmore finished in 19th place and Dermot Lyden, having only had one race, finished in 32nd place.  The Standard Rig title was won by Ronan Cull of Howth Yacht Club in a fleet devoid of any sailors from RCYC.

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