London 2012 Paralympics - Final Day Report
The final day of racing for the Sonar class at the Paralympic Games had to be cancelled today due to the lack of wind, an issue which had plagued the regatta for most of the week. The Irish sailors, John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello finished 11th overall. They had been hoping to leave the regatta on a high today, repeating their second place performance from earlier in the week but unfortunately it was not to be. Although they will not come home with a medal this year, John has made the history books by competing in what was his 10th Paralympics, a record for any Irish person competing at either the Olympics or Paralympics. This was a Paralympic debut for both Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello.
John Twomey commented “We’re disappointed we didn’t get to race today but it’s been a great regatta and a wonderful Paralympics“.
London 2012 Paralympics - Day 5 Report
The Sonar class had a further three races today in Portland Harbour in what was the penultimate day for the sailors at the Paralympic Games. A 13th, 10th and 10th saw the Irish team; John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello move down to 11th overall. There will be one final race tomorrow but the gold medal has already been decided. Udo Hessels, Marcel ven de Veen and Mischa Rossen from the Netherlands are 20 points in the lead so it will be impossible for any of the other teams to beat them with only one more race left in the regatta. The silver and bronze are still to play for as only two points separate second place from fifth place but unfortunately the Irish trio are not in contention.
London 2012 Paralympics - Day 3 Report
Today was a difficult day of racing for the Paralympic sailors in Weymouth. The scheduled morning racing had to be postponed for several hours as Portland Harbour was flat calm without a wisp of breeze. Racing finally began for the Sonar class at 2pm in 7 knots of breeze. John Twomey and his crew placed 10th in Race 5 and 10th in Race 6. They finish Day 3 maintaining their position of 10th overall with a further five races left to sail.
All results are provisional.
London 2012 Paralympics - Day 4 Report
Another changeable day in Weymouth for the Irish Paralympic sailors but resulting in the best performance of the regatta so far for John, Anthony and Ian. The trio came 2nd in the only Sonar class race of the day which sees them move to 9th overall. The Sonar class will sail four more races as Race 8, the scheduled second race of today, was postponed until tomorrow.
London 2012 Paralympics - Day 2 Report
Racing continued today in Weymouth for the Irish sailors at the Paralympic Games. John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello placed 8th and 11th in the two races of the day for the three-person Sonar keelboat class. They finish Day 2 in 10th overall with a further seven races left to sail.