Ballyholme aiming to rule waves
Five talented young sailors from Ballyholme Yacht Club will take to the waters of Dziwnow, Poland, this week to compete at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships.
Reigning Topper world champion Liam Glynn will be joined by clubmates Tim Brow, Sarah Eames, Suzanne Flannigan and Sorcha Donnelly, along with Strangford Lough Yacht Club's Laura Gilmore and East Antrim Boat Club's Gary Fekkes, fellow-members of a 15-boat Irish team.
After an outstanding season in which he won all the Irish provincial and national titles last year and became the first Irish sailor to win the Topper World Championships in France, Glynn will be challenging in the Laser Radial category after stepping up from the Topper Dinghy last summer.
Nor is fellow-Ballyholme member Eames any stranger to the international stage; like Glynn she recently returned from the ISAF Youth Worlds in Portugal where the pair delivered some excellent performances which saw both win individual races.
Things are also looking good for the Irish squad at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships following team member Seafra Guilfoyle's (Royal Cork) recent silver medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds. Guilfoyle is coached by Ballyholme Yacht Club's Russell McGovern.
It has been a busy summer for Ballyholme who recently hosted the F18 World Championships. And before the team left for Poland, they helped to launch the Zhik Irish Laser National Championships which are being held at their home club from August 28-31.
Those championships are expected to attract around 130 boats over the three fleets and, with one of the largest Standard and Radial fleets in Ireland, Ballyholme Yacht Club will undoubtedly be aiming to impress.