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A group of sailors from Northern Ireland have secured top spot at The President’s Cup, which was hosted by Royal St. George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire.

Belfast Lough Sailability were joined by two volunteers from Foyle Sailability as they travelled to take part in the event as Team Ulster.   The four Provinces of Ireland sailed against each other in four different classes of boats. This year three classes were used, with two Squibs for each Province, as well as 2.4 mRs and Hansas, who were also competing for the Hansa Championships.  

The weather on the first day of racing was very challenging with strong gusting winds. The Squibs sailed outside the harbour with the 2.4s and Hansa Dinghy's inside. Overnight Team Ulster were in the lead by one point against Team Munster. The racing on the second day was then cancelled due to poor weather conditions.  

Congratulating the team, Ann Blair, Chair of Belfast Lough Sailability, said: “This was a fantastic event for Team Ulster, despite the challenging weather on Saturday. We are very proud of our sailors achievements and the result is a testament to all their hard work and the work of the Belfast Lough Sailability instructors. It was a fantastic weekend with Royal St George Yacht Club hosting an excellent event.”  

Team Ulster was made up of:  

Squib 1:  Wendy Grant (Helm), Ann Blair & Terry McComb (crew)

Squib 2:  Kieran Doran (Helm), Ken Curry & owners rep (crew)

2.4mR:    John Patrick

Hansa 1:  Lucy Kinner (Helm), Ewan McComb (crew)  Lucy finished 3rd in a fleet of 18  Hansa's. Lucy also won a cup for being the best performing youngest girl in the fleet.  

Hansa 2: Rachel McComb (Helm), Paul Green (crew)    

Team Munster came second, with Connaught third and Leinster in fourth spot.


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