NYC sailors Leah and Luke Rickard win the RYA NI Youth Nationals in the 29er in Belfast Lough

Oct 3, 2018 | Junior events, Junior Sailing

The RYA Northern Ireland 29er Youth Nationals were raced in mixed conditions September 29-30, 2018 on Belfast Lough hosted by the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club. This event also represented the third and final leg of the 29er Irish Triple Crown. The 29er is one of the fastest growing fleets in Ireland.

The windy conditions resulted in a display of high speed capsizes and tight battles with four different race winners over the five races. In the end, Leah Rickard and Luke Rickard with two bullets on the final day emerged as the 29er RYA NI National Champions.

The top four were:

  1. Leah Rickard & Luke Rickard – National Yacht Club
    2. Erin McIlwaine & Luke McIlwaine – Newcastle Yacht Club
    3. Dawson Kohl & Chris McDonnell – Royal Cork Yacht Club
    4. Rian Geraghty McDonnell & Nathan Van Steenberge – National Yacht Club 

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