RCYCs Durcan brothers, Harry and Johnny, along with Atlee Kohl, James McCann and Emily Cullen and Ciara Little from the RSGYC emerged as winners of the 3rd Elmo Trophy youth team racing competition, sailed in the RSGYC over the weekend. Their edge over the competition was evident, winning all 16 of their races, beating the visiting West Kirby Sailing Club team in the final on Sunday afternoon. The RSGYC 1 team (Toby Hudson Fowler, Greg Arrowsmith and Henry Higgins) beat their clubmates RSGYC 3 (Helen O’Beirne, Niamh Henry and Morgan Lyttle) to take 3rd overall.
Winners from left to right:
Skiff Squad 1st Place, West Kirby in 2nd place, RSGYC in 3rd.
18 teams took part in the event, with most of the top youth sailors in Ireland competing.Perfect conditions for team racing on Saturday saw 81 races sailed – a credit to the organisers of this growing event. Racing on Sunday morning had to be postponed until the wind died down a little, but race officer Ger Owens successfully managed to get over 30 races sailed in testing conditions. Given the level of interest in the event, and the high standard of racing, the future of team racing in Ireland is looking very bright!