Eight Kilkenny College sailors set off to Dungarvan Sailing Club in Waterford last month with their coach Ms Alison O’ Connor.
The event was the South Eastern Schools Regatta. The conditions proved to be perfect and the Race Officer was able to fit in three solid races.
In this event, there where 28 sailors from four schools and each school was divided into teams of two or three, resulting in nine teams. In fleet racing it is essentially every man for himself, but at the end, the best two results from each team where added together for a team score.
Although Dougie Power, Andrew Levie and Katherine Geoghegan – all sailing Laser Radials – fought it out for the top spots on the water, Douglas Elmes, sailing a Topper (slower boat), caught up time on the handicap system.
Kilkenny College had three teams taking part. Team A with Scott Levie, Douglas Elmes and Geoffrey O’ Connor; Team B, of Dougie Power and Andrew Levie; and Team C with Catherine Geoghegan and Conor O’ Reilly.
After a gruelling five hours on the water Team B took home the team prize with Team A in close contest taking second. In the individual standings, Kilkenny College scored a very impressive top five with Dougie Power taking first followed by Douglas Elmes second, Katherine Gheoghen third , Andrew Levie fourth and Scott Levie fifth.
Geoffrey O’ Connor and Conor O’ Reilly finished a very respectable 12th and 18th both competing in their first event for the ‘College.
This added to the success of the team earlier in the year when they won the Leinster Inter-Schools Team Racing Championships and also brought home the ISA Bronze Medals in the All-Ireland Inter-Schools Team Racing Championships.
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