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RYA Northern Ireland Youth Squads Shine at Celtic Cup in Pwllheli

14th February 2024
The ILCA squad representing Northern Ireland at the 2024 Celtic Cup were Lewis Thompson, Daniel Palmer, Charlotte Eadie and Rory Pollard
The ILCA squad representing Northern Ireland at the 2024 Celtic Cup were Lewis Thompson, Daniel Palmer, Charlotte Eadie and Rory Pollard Credit: RYANI

Ten of Northern Ireland’s Topper and ILCA sailors travelled to Plas Heli in Pwllheli for the Celtic Cup earlier this month (3-4 February).

This annual event sees the best youth and junior sailors from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland compete for the accolade of top Celtic nation.

And this year it was Wales who claimed the crown with a narrow single-point victory — though the RYANI contingent put in a strong showing, edging the overnight leads in both classes.

The event also provided a great opportunity to solidify friendships with the other Celtic nations, which will be even more vital in light of the summer events schedule with competitions such as the ILCA 6 Youth Europeans at Ballyholme Yacht Club.

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About the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Northern Ireland 

  • The RYA is the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.
  • The RYA is recognised by Government, the media and opinion formers as the representative body and voice for the activities that it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 112,000 personal members.
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