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Irish Paralympic Sailors John Twomey, Ian Costelloe and Austin O’Carrol are currently competing in the 2015 Para Worlds Sailing Championships in their bid for a place on the start line in Rio next year. 



In beautiful sailing conditions of 11-14 knots of wind, with bright blue skies Ireland's paralympic sailors came in at 9th position at the end of day one.

With nine more races to go, John Twomey, Skipper of the three man Sonar crew said: "We had a good start today, with a hard earned 4th place in race 1. Our 2nd race was costly, as on the first beat (sailing upwind) the wind filled in better on the left side of the course while we chose the right hand side. The fleet was extremely compact in both races. A good day tomorrow is essential."

Full report of day one can be viewed here: Irish Sonar Para Sailing Team update - day 1- from Melbourne.docx

Perfect sailing conditions continued for day two in Port Phillip bay for races three and four of the 2015 Para World Sailing Championships out of Williamstown’s Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. After four races, Team IRL lie in 9th place, in the middle of the fleet. Team IRL are still in fourth position out of a possible six places.

With seven more races to go, Ian Costelloe,  one of the crew of the Irish Paralympic team said: "It was a great day for sailing, the competition is really though here but we are sailing really well. Our first race today went okay for us; we played it well, but unfortunately the second race today was a bit tricker and we came out the wrong side of a windshift. But other than that we are happy with our progress and there's still a lot of sailing to be done."

Full report of day two can be viewed here: Day 2 - Irish Sonar Para Sailing Team update from Melbourne.docx



Irish Paralympic Sailors jump two places and are now in 2nd place of the nine contenders for one of six places on the start line in Rio next year.

In the 3rd day of racing the Irish Paralympic Sonar Sailing team jumped two places today to 7th overall with a 4th in both races at the 2015 Para World Sailing Championships in Williamstown, Melbourne, Australia.
Ireland are now in 2nd place of the nine contenders for one of six places on the start line at the Paralympics in Rio next year.

The first race for all three fleets of boats was run in a warm northerly breeze of 15 knots or so, with gusts of up to 20 knots. However, in the second race, the breeze built quickly with challenging conditions for all sailors. The very strong gusts, reported at 30 knots, caught many crews unawares, with spectacular results. Two of the boats in the Skud sailing fleet broke their masts and had to be towed ashore unable to finish their second race of the day. 

With five more races to go, Austin O'Carroll,  one of the crew of the Irish Paralympic team said: "We are at last competing at the very top of the fleet. We are really pleased but need to keep plugging in those top results."

Full report of day three  can be viewed here: Day 3 - Irish Sonar Para Sailing Team update from Melbourne.docx



Irish Paralympic Sailors fall back two places to 9th place and 4th of the nine contenders for one of six places on the start line in Rio next year.

In challenging conditions the Irish Paralympic Sonar Sailing team fell back two places today to 9th overall with a 6th and 8th place in races seven and eight of this eleven race regatta.
Ireland are again in 4th place of the nine contenders for one of six remaining places on the start line at the Paralympics in Rio next year.

Following the squalls and high winds of yesterday afternoon and with a forecast for further high winds this afternoon the race committee decided to bring forward the time of racing today today from 13.00 to 11.00 so as to avoid the front.

With three more races to go, John Twomey, Skipper of the Irish Sonar Paralymic team, said: "What a shifty Day with wind speed between 2 and 18 knots and 35 degree wind shifts. A 6th and 8th place finish in the 2 races reflected our conservative approach to this regatta. We consolidated our qualification position for Rio 2016. That is the big prize we came here for."

Full report of day four can be viewed here: Day 4 - Irish Sonar Para Sailing Team update from Melbourne.docx


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