Royal Cork Yacht Club expects 100 laser dinghies for National Championships in Cork Harbor

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A strong fleet of over 100 boats is set to compete in the 2021 National Laser Championships which kick off on Thursday 19 August at the Royal Cork Yacht Club.

The ILCA 6 (Radial) fleet has attracted more than 50 registrations, with 35 registered in the ILCA 4 fleet and around 20 in the ILCA 7 (standard) fleet.

The Cork Harbor event immediately follows the Laser 4.7 Youth World Championships (ILCA 4) in Dublin Bay last week.

Due to the pandemic, no national championship events were contested in 2020, with the last nationals having been contested in 2019 at Ballyholme in Northern Ireland.

Michael Crosbie, winner of the ILCA 4 fleet in 2019, has moved to the ILCA 6 fleet and will be looking to make his mark this year. Recent experience at international events will be very useful to him.

In 2019 Ellie Cunnane placed 2nd female in the ILCA 6 fleet and after two years of intensive training and international racing her eyes are on the podium this week.

Registration for the event will be on Wednesday August 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Thursday August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The briefing of the sailors will be done virtually via zoom, with the link available on the RCYC website. The first race is scheduled for Thursday August 19 at noon, with start times an hour earlier at 11:00 am the following three days.

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