Super Sailors

Shaun Oneill


Shaun Oneill


   TWO local sailors impressed in the recent RYANI Youth Championships at Strangford Lough Yacht Club.

Ethan McCormac finished runner-up in the Topper 5.3 class while Tom Coulter was fourth in the Laserl Radials.

Both teenagers attend Ballymena Academy.

The duo were part of the 150 turnout of competitors.

An impressive 135 boats registered for the event, which marked the 30th anniversary of the Youth Championships.

At the event, RYANI Performance Development Officer James Farrell and RYANI Lead Topper Coach Chris Penney provided pre-race instruction for sailors.

On the Saturday, wind conditions provided a fantastic day of sailing, with all fleets completing a full schedule of racing. On the Sunday, all fleets on the junior course and regatta fleet completed their races but the wind played havoc with plans later in the day and the youth classes missed out on one race.

Hanna Dadley Young, representing Ballyholme Yacht Club, took top spot and was crowned first junior overall and first junior lady overall.

Lucy Kane from East Antrim Boat Club and Emma Gallagher from Malahide Yacht Club were crowned first youth lady overall and Dan McGaughey, representing Ballyholme Yacht club, took the first youth overall prize.

East Antrim Boat Club clinched the Club Trophy and the hotly contested Schools Cup went to Sullivan Upper.

RYANI High Performance Manager, Matt McGovern, said it had been a fantastic weekend with a range of different conditions, all of which have been a great test for the young sailors.

“With great depth of competition in the Topper and Laser class it looks like these fleets are set to keep producing some top sailors of the future. It was also pleasing to see a strong number of competitors in the double handed classes for the second year in a row, hopefully there is a bit of momentum there to build upon,” he said.

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