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UK team clinch Schull world championship

THE West Kirby Sailing Club from the Wirral in the UK are the new International Sailing Federation (ISAF) team racing world champions following an intense weekend of competition in Schull.

West Kirby were the best of the 12 teams who competed over four days of sailing in the scenic West Cork setting despite a strong effort from New York Yacht Club representing the USA to claim the prize.

Schull Community College representing Ireland also did extremely well reaching the final of the World Youth Championship, narrowly missing out in the final, which was also won by West Kirby.

Teams from Ireland, Australia, USA, UK, Italy, Spain, Japan and Thailand took part n the Championships which proved a great success.

The competition was opened with a parade of nations through Schull and large crowds thronged the village throughout the four days.