ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships 2012

  1. Success on Friday 13th was not about luck but about consistency in the very light and variable winds which, once coupled with the strong tidal flow, made for a second mentally taxing day of racing at the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals, raced on Dublin Bay from Dun Laoghaire.

    For the very top tier Irish sailors among the armada of 285 competing boats in the six different classes, selection for July's Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships - to be hosted on these same waters - may be the ultimate goal from this four day championships which finishes on Sunday, but today most were keeping thoughts of rivalries and outcomes at the very back of their minds.

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  2. Success on Friday 13th was not about luck but about consistency in the very light and variable winds which, once coupled with the strong tidal flow, made for a second mentally taxing day of racing at the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals, raced on Dublin Bay from Dun Laoghaire.

    For the very top tier Irish sailors among the armada of 285 competing boats in the six different classes, selection for July's Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships - to be hosted on these same waters - may be the ultimate goal from this four day championships which finishes on Sunday, but today most were keeping thoughts of rivalries and outcomes at the very back of their minds.

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  3. After two days of fickle sub-8 knots winds, the five classes which raced today enjoyed brisk, chilly NE'ly breezes of over 20kts accompanied by choppy seas. A hard won victory in the last of today's three races just tips the balance in favour of Strangford Lough's Robbie Gilmore in the 68 boat Laser Radial fleet, and the French duo of Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan, from Le Havre, are proving to be the class act in the 26 boat international 420 fleet. They lead the class comfortably after winning all three races today, but crew Sipan cautioned that their regatta is far from won yet.
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  4. As well as the competitive racing to decide national youth champions, and coveted places on international teams, there is a big focus on developing the sailors and help all of them use the championships as a stepping-stone to greater success in the future. Even competitors who aren't (yet) challenging for the top spots can benefit from daily video de-briefs and access to chat to the top coaches in Ireland and internationally.

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  5. Four intense days of sailing at the ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships on Dublin Bay out of Dun Laoghaire, involving 380 sailors across seven classes with 10 nations including GBR and Ireland represented, concluded today with world class racing.

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ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships 2012

Dublin Bay 2012

This April (12th-15th) over 300 sailors were competing on Dublin Bay in the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals across seven different classes (Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, Feva, Topper, 29er and Optimist). For youth sailors, this event is the most important


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This April (12th-15th) over 300 sailors were competing on Dublin Bay in the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals across seven different classes (Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 420, Feva, Topper, 29er and Optimist). For youth sailors, this event is the most important in the annual calendar as it is the decider for the top Irish sailors to compete internationally during 2012 and is the pathway for future Olympic sailors. Not only was the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Nationals an important event for youth sailors it was also a major milestone for the organisers of the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Worlds 2012 as it offered them the opportunity to finalise the logistics of managing such a large event incorporating three clubs, three race courses and hundreds of volunteers.

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