HYC sailors secure title at ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals
Author: Chris Howard Posted on: 4/5/11 Print Version

Photos by David Johnston & Kathy Flynn Byrne

All the Competitors
A large contingent of HYC junior members travelled to Dun Laoghaire over the May bank holiday weekend to complete in six classes at this year's ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals.

RS Feva class

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Feva sailors from across all clubs enjoying the weekend activities

1st - Louise Flynn-Byrne & David Johnson

3rd - Jenny Harris & Claude Mollard
HYC's David Johnson and Louise Flynn-Byrne were crowned national champions in the RS Feva class with an impressive four firsts from six races. Also joining them on the podium were Claude Mollard and Jenny Harris who were third in the same class.
Tara Flood & Lucy Bolger finished a very credible 4th overall in the 420 class and were also 2nd female boat.

The class championship was won by Patrick and Chloe Crosbie on a count back between 3 boats.

The Crosbie's had the same points as Aodh Kennedy (KYC) & Daniel Browne (TBSC) and Emma Geary (RCYC) & Niamh Connolly (BSC).

Lucy Bolger & Tara Flood 2nd female crew in 420
Mark Condy was the best of three Howth boats in the Laser Radial fleet (in 7th place) which was won by Philip Doran with five firsts from eight races in a 43 boat fleet.

In the Laser 4.7 fleet HYC's top result was by Cillian McGreer who was 9th in 42 boat fleet. This class was won by RCYC's Seafra Guilfoyle.

With a strong easterly wind forecasted, conditions in the bay were always going to be challenging and this provided to be the case for competitors and race officials alike. Saturday had light breeze with up to 15 knots by the end of racing on Sunday.
With a building 20 knots on Monday and a large swell, racing was postponed.

The event, a warm-up for next year's ISAF Youth Worlds was joint hosted by RStGYC, NYC and RIYC and congratulations to our colleagues on the south side for a well organised event.