Peter O'Leary (BSC) wins Ireland's most prestigious sailing championship, with Young Fionn Lyden (BSC) sailed a magnificent regatta and beat off two Olympians to claim the silver.
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2012 Olympic sailor Peter O'Leary (BSC) has won Ireland's most prestigious sailing championship; the ISA (Irish Sailing Association) All Ireland Sailing Championship which was kindly sponsored by Waterways Ireland. The three day invitational regatta concluded in Lough Derg this afternoon (Sunday 7th) with Peter dominating the final three-race series and claiming the Helmsman Trophy for the second time, having first won title in 2006. A total of 24 of the nation's top sailors, along with a crew of their choosing, received invitations for the annual event which first began in 1947. Their selection was based on their performances throughout the year in their respective classes.
Competition in the final series was fierce. Amongst the eight helms were three former Olympic sailors including Peter O'Leary and Ryan Seaton who both competed in 2012 Games and Mark Mansfield who competed at four consecutive Olympics from 1992 to 2004. Also sailing was reigning champion, George Kenefick who was back to defend his title and the youngest of all the competitors, 17 year old Fionn Lyden who only two weeks ago won the ISA Junior All Ireland Championship in Schull, Co. Cork.
The deciding three races began in the early afternoon in winds that steadily grew to 12 knots for the final race. Peter O'Leary, who was sailing with his brother Robert O'Leary and Robbie English, quickly made his presence known by taking the lead and winning the first race. Having been top of the leader board going in to the final, Fionn Lyden and his crew of David Harte and Darragh McCormack slipped to second place overall followed closely by Mark Mansfield in third.
Fionn Lyden (BSC)
Another race win followed by a second place finish and the title was Peter's. Young Fionn Lyden sailed a magnificent regatta and beat off two Olympians to claim the silver. In third place was last year's winner George Kenefick who clawed his way up from the back of the fleet to win the final race and take the bronze. He finished tied on points with Mansfield but beat him based on a count back; George's best result during the regatta was a first whilst Mark's was a second.
ISA Chief Executive remarked "This has been the culmination of a fantastic year of Irish sailing at all levels. The standard of sailors was exceptional and we have a very worthy winner".
|1||Peter O'Leary||Baltimore SC||5||1||2||1||1||2||7|
|2||Fionn Lyden||Baltimore SC||2||3||1||3||4||3||12|
|3||George Kennefick||Royal Cork YC||1||6||6||5||2||1||15|
|4||Mark Mansfield||Royal Cork YC||2||5||3||2||3||8||15|
|5||Noel Butler||Dun Laoghaire Motor YC||3||2||4||4||8||4||17|
|6||Ryan Seaton||Ballyholme YC||3||3||1||6||7||7||20|
|7||David Dickson||Lough Ree YC||7||1||3||7||6||6||23|
|8||Ian Nagle||Royal Cork YC||8||2||4||8||5||5||24|
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