From October 25th to November 2nd the World Student yachting Cup will take place at La Trinite sur Mere.
On April 5th this year CIT became the Irish Student Yachting Champions and for a second year running Irish University Sailing Association Champions. This automatically assured their right to attend the world event at La Trinite in October and to return to avenge the nightmare of gear failure in 2007. Joint leaders with Switzerland after twelve races it was unlucky thirteen on the second last day when the main sheet jammer ripped fromm the deck of the provided boat forcing them to retire from a winning position. However, they showed true grit to rise above the gear failure and finished the event in a blaze of glory by beating the overall winners, Switzerland, in the last day’s racing to take second overall in the World Championship.
With Nicholas O’Leary at the helm, the crew are working up in the Matthews Autumn League at the Royal Cork Yacht Club and this year have the use of Conor Phelan’s First 36.7 for the entire league. O’Leary has had a string of major successes this season. he most recently won the ISA Irish Match Raacing Championship event. the 1720 Irish Championships, and just last weekend was crowned the Champion of Champions at the ISA All Ireland Sailing Championships.
Meanwhile, it has been announced that Olympian sailor, peter O’leary, who represented Irteland in the Star Class at Beijing this year, is to ca`mpaign for the righnt to represent Ireland at the 2012 London Olympic Regatta. Peter, brother of Nicholas, has parted company with his crew for 2008, Stephen Milne, but is to continue his campaign with another Olympian sailor, Tim Goodbody, who represented Ireland in the Finn Class a the Beijing Olymp;ics this year.