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Vilamoura Grand Prix Round 2

The Royal Cork laser class had two sailors competing in Vilamoura Grandprix round 2 last week in the ILCA 6/Radial class.

Michael Doherty and Andrew Kingston had competed in the first round before Christmas and travelled to Vilamoura last week for round two.

The grandprix second round was competing for sailors with the European championships in Greece so fleet sizes were lower than round one. However, lower sailor numbers did not lower the level of competition. Its not often that you get to compete with current Olympians and Hannah Snellgrove from UK showed her Olympic class winning the opening five races from a fleet that included a total of six qualified 2024 olympians.
Andrew and Michael competed well with Andrew beating Hannah in race 9 and Michael blaming gear failure for losing his lead over Hannah in one race, but she did flash a smile as she glided past.
In pretty challenging conditions with decent waves Andrew managed four top ten finishes across eleven races and finished in a very respectable tenth overall and fifth u19. Yes, he did sail with a Norwegian flag on his sail purchased from one of the Norwegian team.  It is a very accessible high quality event with direct flights from Cork and very reasonable accomodation for a high quality field and we hope to get a few more sailors for the event in 2024.

As part of a buildup to a very busy month of local events Andrew, Michael and Sean O’Herlihy plan to head to Weymouth for a UKLA event in March prior to the Munster championships.

Defrosters are planned to start on Sunday next March 3rd after being blown out last week and a very busy period is planned with the Munster championships coming up at the end of March, followed quickly by the Irish Youth championships at home the following week with the PY and the Connaughts soon after and the Irish masters event in May.  Please reach out if you are interested in sailing with us over the next few months. We have diverse fleet, young adults to grand masters sailing as much as we can.

 

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