Goodbody’s replacement hasn’t been made public, but O’Leary maintains that he has been picked.
The Star boat attracts crew who weigh in at over 110kgs. James O’Callaghan , Team Manager, said ” This is a set back for the programme but its better to happen now rather than later”
O’Leary needs to make sure that whoever emerges has the staying power for a three year campaign.
Rivals from 2008, Max Treacy and Anthony Shanks, have already got the upper hand at the European and World Championships this season.
The next big Star event is the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro in January 2010. Both Irish boats are expected to attend.