Sunday 15 December 2019

Sailors aiming for gold in China and Portugal

Ciarán Ryan, Daniel Thompson and Dan Quaid
Ciarán Ryan, Daniel Thompson and Dan Quaid
Becky Lowney, Aoife Murphy, Ciarán Ryan and Scott Murphy

Anna Hayes

A number of junior and adult sailors are gearing up for a busy summer on the water, with three of the group travelling abroad to represent Ireland.

Junior sailors, all of whom are members of Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club, will travel as far as China and Portugal for events while others will take part in national competitions around Ireland.

Ciaran Ryan, from Crossabeg, is competing in a number of events including the Topper Nationals which take place at Wexford Boat Club on July 6, 7 and 8.

Ciaran then travels to China for the Topper World Championship in August. He qualified for grant support for the competition following his performance at the 2017 World Championships in France.

It will be Ciaran's third and final world championships in the Topper Class. He hopes to do well and will hope for stronger than usual winds in China in August!

Daniel Thompson from Forth Mountain, and Dan Quaid from Screen, who are known as The Two Dans, have been sailing an International 420 for two years, having started sailing together in the Boat Club and have been selected to represent Ireland at two events this summer including the European Championships in Sesimbra, Portugal from July 3 to 11.

They will also complete in the 420 Connaughts in Lough Ree in July, after the Europeans, followed closesly by the Nationals in Howth and Ulster in September.

Harry Thompson will also compete at these Irish competitions. He started sailing a 420 with Helm from Malahide and recently came second in the Icebreaker series in Howth, and third in the Leinster Championships in Silver Fleet.

The club will also see a number of members competiting in Irish events this summer including: Becky Lowney, Aoife Murphy and Emma Lynch.

On the adult side of the club, Paul Ebrill will compete in the Laser Radial Masters Worlds in Dun Laoghaire in September while Ronan Wallace was seventh in the European Radials in La Rochelle, France last month.

The club is hosting the Irish Topper Nationals on July 6, 7 and 8, and will welcome 80 sailors, aged 10 to 15, and their parents, including ten from the British team. The racing will take place in Wexford Harbour with four races a day over the three days. The host club will have about ten sailors competing.

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