This weekend Ballyholme Yacht Club will have five sailors at the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Dziwnów, Poland.
Tim Brow, Sarah Eames, Suzanne Flannigan, Sorcha Donnelly and current Topper World Champion Liam Glynn will be in action.
Laura Gilmore from SLYC and Gary Fekkes from EABC are also competing as part of a 15-boat Irish team.
It has been a busy summer for the young sailors from Bangor – Sarah has just finished competing in the ISAF Youth Worlds in Portugal, while Liam and Sarah competed in the European Youth Laser Radial Championships at the beginning of July when both won individual races.
This is Liam Glynn’s first season in the Laser Radial having stepped up from the Topper dinghy last summer when he won all the Irish provincial and national titles and followed this up by being the first Irish sailor to win the Topper World Championships in France.
The Irish team are looking forward to many more top results after Royal Cork sailor Seafra Guilfoyle won the Silver medal at the ISAF Youth Worlds in Laser Radials in Portugal, coached by Ballyholme YC’s Russell McGovern.
More details of the Laser Radial Youth World Championships can be found at http://events.laserinternational.org/en/events/overview/100z102 and http://www.dziwnowlaserworlds2014.com/
Before they left, four of the Ballyholme YC World Laser Radial Youth Squad got together to help launch the Zhik Irish Laser National Championships which are being hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club from August 28-31.
The Zhik Irish Laser National Championships includes all three versions of the Laser dinghy - Standard, Radial and 4.7.
The hull is the same for all versions, the sail and rig is smaller for the Radial and 4.7 which attracts ladies and youths. Ballyholme YC has one of the largest Standard and Radial fleets in Ireland and the championships hope to attract 130 boats over the three fleets.
Some sailors have already expressed interest to travel from GB to race in what should be a very competitive event.
For full event details and to enter, please visit http://www.ballyholme.com/zhik-irish-laser-national-championship/.