The Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Co. Dublin played host to the second annual International Match Racing Challenge over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July.
Ireland’s top Match Racing Teams went head to head against a World Team, consisting of five international teams from Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.
A very experienced International line up, led by individual winner David Chapman (AUS), resulted in The World retaining the title they won last year. While the margin of victory was great, they were strongly pushed by a young Irish team who on paper were ranked far lower in the World Rankings. The final margin of victory was 29 points to 16. An exciting part of the event’s entertainment package allowed individuals to actually experience the racing as it happened by sailing on board with a team in the 'Hot Seat' position. Edel Edwards, who lives in Dublin, had never sailed before but stepped into the 'Hot Seat' on Saturday not knowing what to expect. She sailed with both George Kingston's team (IRL) in Flight 7 and Sam Pearson (GBR) in Flight 8, and said that the experience surpassed her expectations, 'Both teams were really welcoming and being so close to the action was fantastic. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.' Edel loved it so much she has decided to do an adult sailing course in the Royal St. George Yacht Club so that she can get out racing again soon.
Final Results: 1st David Chapman Australia World No. 43 2nd Sam Pearson Great Britain World No. 153 3rd Nicolai Sehested Denmark World No. 42 4th George Kingston Ireland World No. 877 5th Marty O’Leary Ireland World No. 395 6th Robbie Allam Great Britain World No. 79 7th Ben Duncan New Zealand World No. 200 8th Darragh O’Connor Ireland World No. 1323 9th Ben Scallan Ireland World No. 1674 10th John Downey Ireland Unranked
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