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Ulster sailors cruise to success at UK Laser Nationals

By Ali Gordon

Sailors from across Northern Ireland have successfully competed at two major events this week.

Laura Gilmore from Strangford Sailing Club earned the top female youth spot in the Laser Radial fleet at the UK Laser Nationals in Largs, Scotland, with Ballyholme Yacht Club's Liam Glynn securing second place in the male youth category and fifth place overall.

Tim Browne took third place in the male youth category and Ryan Glynn finished fourth in the overall competition to edge his brother Liam into fifth.

In the Laser 4.7 fleet, Tom Purdon finished fifth with Emily Hill and Anna McNulty taking ninth and 11th places respectively.

At the Topper Worlds in Pwllheli in Wales, races were squeezed into just three days, meaning that sailors were under increased pressure to perform.

Four RYA Northern Ireland squad members managed to make it into the Golden Fleet, with Peter Gilmore from Strangford Lough Yacht Club in 20th, Conor Quinn from Carlingford Lough Yacht Club in 25th, Sally Bell from Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club in 38th and the 11th fastest female while Jenny Feckes from East Down Yacht Club finished 51st and 15th female.

Jenna McCarlie also finished an impressive second in the Topper 4.2 fleet.

"The squads have all performed well, not only in the water, but also as athletes off the water. This reflects the hard work and training the sailors and coaches have put in over the winter and it's great to see them now reaping the benefits," said RYA NI's Performance Manager Richard Honeyford.

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