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Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailISA PRESS RELEASE (SAILING & BOATING): ISA Youth Nationals – 31st March 2010
 Contenders line up for Schull for the ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championship 2010  Philip Doran, the current Under 17 Laser Radial World Champion, to compete in the ISA Youth National & Junior Pathway Championship 2010, which takes place in the Fastnet Marine Outdoor Education Centre, Schull, Co Cork from 6th – 9th April.  This event is part one of the qualification process to represent Ireland at the ISAF Youth World Championship, along with selection for the ISA Topper and ISA Laser 4.7 squads to attend their respective World and European Championships. The Mitsubishi Youth Championship (1st – 3rd May Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin) is part two of this qualification process.  ISA Youth & Development Manager Rory Fitzpatrick commented: “There’s a lot at stake for the more senior sailors and the competition will be hot. Many have shown good form at international spring competitions, while others have focused on winter training.”  In the Laser Radial class Alan Ruigrok has recently achieved a number of top ten results at the UK Laser Radial qualifiers. Also registered are last year’s main contenders Matty O’Dowd and Oliver Loughead who will travel straight from Baltimore, where the Irish Laser Association Munster Championships (3rd-4th April) takes place.  The Laser Radial girls are also providing a good line up with Saskia Tidey and Ruth Harrington on track for another head to head battle. However it may not go their way as Youth Olympic prospect Sophie Murphy is expected to compete this year.  In the double handed 420 class the field appears more open. The recent helm/helm pairing of Cian O’Regan (helm) & Scotty Flanagan (now crew) has proven itself with an 11th place overall at the UK 420 Qualifier and will be a team to watch.   In the 420 girls, Jane Butler & Jenny Andreasson are back again but will have competition from sisters Laura & Louise Mc Carthy and Diana Kissane & Hazel O’Neill.  Rory Fitzpatrick, ISA Youth & Development Manager explained: “There are some new pairings for 2010 in the double handed classes, which may surprise the rest of the fleet.”  For more information contact: Bernadette Fox, ISA Marketing Manager, Email: Bernadette@sailing.ie Mobile: +353 (0)87 956 9012 http://www.sailing.ie   Daily reports will be posted during the event on www.sailing.ie/youthsail ISA Youth Nationals & Junior Pathway Championships 2010 Fastnet Marine Outdoor Education Centre, Schull, Co Cork / 6 – 9th April 2010 www.sailing.ie/youthsail  The ISA Youth Nationals includes two single handed classes: Laser Radial and Laser 4.7 while the 420 dinghy provides a double handed option. The event is also open to the Junior Pathway Classes: Optimists, Toppers and the double-handed RS Feva. Prizes will be awarded to the first three overall and the first female boat in each Class. ISA Performance Pathway The ISA Olympic Programme delivers a pathway from Junior Sailors right through to Olympic finalists. This Performance Pathway includes the Youth & Development Academy, which produced good results in 2009: 1st        U17 Laser Radial World Championship – Philip Doran 1st        U21 World Laser Radial Women’s Championship – Annalise Murphy 1st        Laser Radial Europa Cup, The Netherlands – Annalise Murphy 2nd       Topper World Championship – Finn Lynch 2nd       U17 Laser Radial World Championship – Oliver Loughead The ISA Olympic Programme receives significant support from the Irish Sports Council (ISC) and the assistance of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI). The ISA Olympic Programme is now at a crucial stage in its development. Investment in the Academy proves we can compete with and beat the best in the world. ISAF The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is the world governing body for the sport of sailing www.sailing.org