FORMER Olympian Ger Owens of Royal St George Yacht Club in Dublin was the overall winner of this year’s Irish Sailing All-Ireland Championships held in Crosshaven, Cork last week.
Owens, who is a three-time Olympian, represented the GP14 class as their national champion. He competed in the two day event with crew and fellow Olympian Ross Killian. This year’s All Irelands were hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club and sailed in National 18s, so Owens and Killian were joined by a class representative and local sailor, Paddy Crosbie.
Qualification rounds were raced on Saturday, but due to the stronger winds on Sunday racing was cut short and only the four final races held. Leading the charge of eight finalists on day two was Baltimore’s Robert O’Leary who won the first race, but his lead slipped in the following races. The top three fought for the title with only a point between Ger Owens, Ross Kearney and Sean Craig at one stage.
But it was Ger Owens of the Royal St George Yacht Club (Dun Laoghaire) who emerged victorious after four hours on the water with a convincing win in the final race.
In second place was Ross Kearney of Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club representing the Squibs with crew Geoff Edwards; in third was the Royal St George’s Sean Craig representing the Laser Radials with crew Tadgh Donnelly.