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Fantastic Soverign Ski Topper World Championship Ends

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MATT VENABLES WINS TOPPER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – CROSBIE GETS PODIUM.

19 Aug 2011. 18:00hrs NYC Dun Laoghaire:

15 year old Matt Venables from Sutton Coal Fields Yacht Club in Birmingham proved that he is a potential Olympian with his dominant win of the very successful Sovereign Ski Topper World Championships which finished in Dun Laoghaire yesterday.

The youngster led from the second race on day 1 and was comfortably in front by the time Race OOD Con Murphy finished the third race of the day yesterday.

Matt was delighted with his win: “The whole event has been amazing – I have enjoyed every minute of it. The set up here and the organization has been fantastic – the courses were superb and it was great that we got all our races in despite a lot of light airs”

National Yacht Club Commodore Paul Barrington, who doubled as Event safety officer, was impressed with the huge fleet’s behaviour: “The sailors showed great rule adherence – especially as they are all under 18 – but they also really entered into the right spirit for the event.” The five dolphins who joined the later races also seemed to be enjoying the fun of the occasion.

This spirit was what also struck Event Chairman Margaret Kneafsey: “There was great friendliness in the fleet despite the fierce competitiveness. They all seemed to enjoy themselves no matter where they finished”

Top of the Irish was Patrick Crosbie of RCYC who finished a brilliant third out of the 177 boat fleet. He said it was one of the most enjoyable events he has ever done. He will only have tonight to rest before heading to Wales to compete in the British 420 Nationals in North Wales where he is teaming up with his sister.

Strangford’s Laura Gilmore also had a terrific championship finishing fifth overall and is now the best female Topper sailor in the world.

The 5 man Korean team added a true global flavour to the Dun Laoghire event. Their manager Mr.Lee felt they leant a great deal from the Dun Laoghaire event as they will host the 2013 Topper World’s: “It was great for our boys to sail against the world’s best and we were proud that one got into the silver fleet. Staying in UCD worked very well as the boys could play football in the evenings with Irish and British boys and I think they will have friends for life from that”. He also remarked that the Harbour Company providing the Carlisle Pier for Camper vans added greatly to the atmosphere and spirit of the event.

Final Placing:

Matt Venables ( Sutton YC) 31 points
Robbie Robertson ( Saltash SC) 64 points
Patrick Crosbie ( RCYC) 84 points
Dan Venables ( Sutton YC) 85 points
Laura Gilmore ( Strangford YC) 92 points

Day 5 Results on http://www.nyc.ie/sovereignskitopperworlds2011/results/

FURTHER INFORMATION : Martin McCarthy Club PRO + 353 87 242 4447 and Margaret Kneafsey 087 2265 373 Event Chair.

Photos by Chester: