Carden in class of his own

A report by Mark Dolan on the UK Laser 4.7 National Championships in Abersoch, Wales

Friday September 6th 2002, Author: Mark Dolan, Location: United Kingdom
Thirty-seven competitors descended on the picturesque village of Abersoch in Wales for the UK Laser 4.7 National Championships. Gales battered the hillside sailing club on Friday that resulted in the cancellation of racing for the day.

However, sailors and spectators witnessed a few of Britain's finest testing their skills with the windsurfers for excitement. Saturday brought bright sun and a strong force 4-5 wind for the first two races tapering to force three for the third race.

Chris Carden from Royal Lymington was in a class of his own, winning the first two races and placing second in the third race with relative comfort. Robert Espey, Jarod Dolan and Alex Dolan represented the invading sailors from Ireland to take three of the top five positions by the end of the first day. Gregory Marshall, the first Junior sailor from W Lancs had a superb win in the third race.

Sunday started as the perfect summer's day, but lack of wind forced a postponement until a slight sea breeze kicked in. Jarod Dolan of the Royal Cork Yacht Club dominated the day, winning both races, but fell short of taking the championship by just one point from the consistent Chris Carden.

First Girl went to Helen Doig of East Antrim in ninth place. The amount of competitors and the fierce racing of these young sailors impressed the Standard and Radial Rig sailors who were competing in their World/European Qualifiers and proved that the class is one of the premier junior and youth boats in the country.


1st Chris Carden ­ Royal Lymington
2nd Jarod Dolan ­ Royal Cork
3rd Robert Espey ­ Ballyholme
4th Gregory Marshall ­ W Lancs
5th Alex Dolan ­ Royal Cork

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