Young sailing stars from Ireland and the UK have battled it out at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in Holywood for the Topper Irish National Championships.  

The event, which lasted three days last weekend and included nine races, attracted over 60 sailors. This included the British Topper Squad – ten of the top sailors from all over the UK.  

Weather conditions were optimal with light winds and sunshine, allowing the sailors to showcase all of their skills.  

Tim Evans from Grafham Water Sailing Club, England, took the title after a consistent and thrilling weekend of sailing.  

Hugh Lynch from Cork took second place with Ethan McCormac from Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club hot on his heels in third place.  

Ethan has achieved impressive results this season, finishing in the top five at the last three national level events.  

Hannah Dadley-Young from Ballyholme Yacht Club continued to build on her recent run of success securing a solid 6th overall and first female. RYANI’s High Performance Manager Matt McGovern said: “it is fantastic for our young sailors to compete at such a high level right on their own doorstep.   “This was a thrilling weekend of sailing and we were delighted to see such a successful event held at Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club.  

“It is clear from the results that we have some impressive sailors in Northern Ireland. Events such as this are vital in helping our young sailors to build confidence and get the experience they need to continue developing their skills through RYANI’s Youth Performance Programme.  

“We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to training and competitions throughout the rest of the year.”  

Final results are available at

https://www.rniyc.org/assets/uploads/TopperIrish2019FinalResults.pdf  

CAPTION: ETHAN MCCORMAC FROM CUSHENDALL SAILING AND BOATING CLUB – CREDIT SIMON MCILWAINE WAVELENGTH IMAGES

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