Arklow yacht wins


SAILING:After an initially slow but ultimately worthwhile race, Arklow yacht Aquelina emerged overall winner of the biennial Dún Laoghaire to Dingle Race last night as the final finishers reached the end of the 300-mile course, writes David Branigan.

Owned by James and Sheila Tyrrell, the J109 was amongst the smaller boats competing but a pre-start favourite if light airs prevailed. On Tuesday morning, Phelim O'Connell's Farr 52-footer Deloitte took line honours for first yacht home.

Meanwhile, in the opening race of the Breitling MedCup in Alicante, Eamon Conneely's brand new TP52-footer Patches placed fifth in her debut competitive race yesterday in a fleet of 23 boats.

RUGBY:UL Bohemians are searching for a new director of rugby after Englishman Mike Tewksbury ended a seven-year partnership with the club, writes Gavin Cummiskey.

"Mike is taking up the position of director of rugby with (English) Division Three south club Bridgewater and Albion in September. Their gain is our loss," read a club statement.

It has also been confirmed that Irish captain Brian O'Driscoll has switched allegiance from Blackrock College to his former club UCD. O'Driscoll helped his alma mater gain promotion to Division Two of the All-Ireland League in the 1998-'99 season before transferring to Blackrock where he featured in the Stradbrook clubs promotion to Division One.

ATHLETICS: Derval O'Rourke warmed up for her first major race of 2007 with third place over 100-metre hurdles at the Stavanger Games in Norway last night, writes Ian O'Riordan.

Running into a headwind she clocked 13.69 seconds - with Canadian Angela Whyte winning in 13.47. O'Rourke will be looking to go a lot quicker at tomorrow's Golden League meeting in Oslo.

Paul Hession came third in the 100 metres in 10.80 seconds - with Nesta Carter of Jamaica winning in 10.66. Hession also runs in Oslo tomorrow.

Michelle Carey won the women's 400-metre hurdles in 57.63 and Dave Campbell was second in the men's 800 metres in 1:48.90. Paul McKee was second in the 400 metres in a seasonal best of 46.91.

CRICKET: Ireland's final game of this season's Friends Provident Trophy campaign, against Glamorgan at the Civil Service ground in Stormont was abandoned without a ball being bowled yesterday, writes Richard Gillis.

The match fell victim of the torrential rains that caused parts of Belfast to be flooded on Tuesday afternoon. Umpires and match officials called off the game at lunchtime and both teams were awarded a point each.

Ireland finished bottom of the southern division of the FP Trophy with three points, each accrued due to abandoned games. Previously matches against Sussex at Hove and Surrey at the Oval were similarly abandoned.