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Thomas Chaix

Thomas Chaix

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Thomas Chaix is Head Coach at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. He currently sails the 49er dinghy (for fun) but raced the Laser for 25 years and has been a member of French and Irish teams


National Yacht Club junior sailors (from left to right) Sam Ledoux, coach, Alex Butcher, Jacob Browne, Louis Tricket, Eabha Brennan Hobbs, Alanah Whelan and Cormac Whelan
After a frustrating May Bank Holiday weekend and the absence of wind that led to the cancellation of the Feva East Coast championships, the various host yacht clubs around the country were rewarded with great conditions last weekend. The Optimist…
Three kites - Ger and Robyn Owens (pink), overall winners of the 2024 Mirror Eastern Championship at Blessington Sailing Club with Juliet Ryan and Ella Rock (yellow) and Aurele Dion and Ben Chaix (Blue)
The Mirror dinghy season kicked off with a bang as 13 boats landed in Blessington Lake Sailing Club; a little apprehensive about how the weekend would unfold but certainly excited to get back afloat. There were some new faces and…
Hugh Meagher and Oisin Alexander were third overall at the 29er East Coast Championships held at the National Yacht Club
The National Yacht Club hosted the first combined 29er and 49er events, and it proved to be a great success. There was a palpable buzz on the club platform before and after sailing and great racing. As it was reported…
The Mirror dinghy class is rejuvenated in Ireland for 2024
The rejuvenated Mirror dinghy class is ready to kick off 2024 in Blessington on 27-28 April, whether you have the latest Winder racing unit or the wooden beauty your granddad built in his garage. Is it the fun, the intergenerational learning,…
Clementine van Steenberge (right) and her crew Jessica Riordan from the George picked up another Europa Cup win in March and sailed to victory at the cut-short Irish Sailing Youth National Championships in Cork Harbour in April
National Yacht Club sailing and performance programmes ran all winter alongside frostbite racing, keeping racing sailors training and progressing at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The club had coaching series in almost all the main classes sailed off the NYC platform with…
Liam Lynch (right) receives his Tralee Bay Sailing Club Cruiser of the Year trophy
2023 was a great year for Tralee Bay Sailing Club, and there was no better way to end it than with a very enjoyable Christmas party catching up with friends, bringing back fun sailing memories and acknowledging some of the…
The National Yacht Club's Van Steenberge siblings won both the 2023 Open and Overall World 29er Championships
National Yacht Club sailors at Dun Laoghaire Harbour have had an incredible 2023, ranging from great cruising adventures to local, national, and international glory in the various classes we sail at the club. This is a recap of the club…
Thomas Chaix afloat in Dun Laoghaire Harbour in his RS Aero dinghy
The RS Aero 1066 is back afloat... She is one of the first generation, and she has plenty of fun to give to its third owner. After four sessions afloat (and finally a bit of hiking at the weekend frostbite…
A start line at the Mirror class UK National Championships 2023
2023 delivered a great year for the Mirror dinghy class in Ireland (and abroad) with steady growth and a great world championship in Sligo. Since the completion of a very fun and successful Easterns in Blessington in September, a group…
The start of 'La Solitaire Optimist' at Royal Cork's National Optimist Training Week
We were promised a storm! The only storm that materialised was the arrival of 130 Optimist sailors and their families in Crosshaven for the Annual National Training Week, as Afloat reports here. After two days of training, dodging big gusts…
A bird's eye view of the NYC Topper fleet in training
The annual lift out of cruisers at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is usually a good sign that winter is not far, and last weekend inevitably saw the first single-digit temperatures and a sure sign winter Performance…
NYC girls Ella Fitzgerald and Lisa Flynn in the 29er skiff at the RYA NI Youth Championships at Ballyholme
The last week has been light, very light, and Ireland enjoyed a week of late summer. The conditions were too light for any races at the National Yacht Club Junior September Series in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, so the tally remained…
Ger and Robyn Owens sailing Mary Belle to an overall win at the Mirror Eastern Championships at Blessington Sailing Club
Surfing the wave of this summer's world championships held in Sligo, the Mirror dinghy class saw their biggest turnout of the national season for their final event on Blessington Lakes. 17 boats travelled to join the three local entries. With…
Lauren O’Callaghan and James Dwyer racing to third place in the 29er Nationals in June
The season is now well underway and the National Yacht Club’s staff and volunteers are now within the final straight before the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta this week, writes head coach Thomas Chaix. But June was a month rich of…
Sailing Coach Thomas Chaix sailing with his eldest son Ben in a Mirror dinghy he restored. The pair are aiming to compete in next month's 50-boat Mirror World Championships in County Sligo
Sailing Coach Thomas Chaix looks at the benefits of the Mirror dinghy in the lead-up to the World Championships in Sligo as well as a possible new orientation for the 1962 design that has more than 70,000 built worldwide Why the Mirror?…
The National Yacht Club RS Feva sailing team competed at the British National Championships in Pwllheli, North Wales, under NYC coach Thomas Chaix (pictured right)
After a very successful Eastern Championships organised by the neighbouring Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, a small group of National Yacht Club RS Feva sailors got set for the British Nationals. After a light-air yet instructive clinic,…
National Yacht Club junior sailors try out the trapeze on a 29er skiff dinghy
When the weather plays ball, the kids enjoy sailing! The two weeks of the Easter break may have been cold and split by the last (we hope) storm of the season, but they certainly deliver some great sailing for our…
Sailors from the National Yacht Club flew to the OptiOrange event in Valencia, Spain to compete in the 12 races series
National Yacht Club Winter sailing programmes have been full throttle in the various classes supported by the club, preparing actively for the beginning of the racing season. The Flying 15 winter training has led the way with an early launch…
The 2023 dinghy sailing season is underway across several classes at the National Yacht Club
The last few weeks have delivered winterish yet good conditions for the return of all our coaching programmes at the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The Optimist Performance group and the ILCA & Aero programmes were the first…
National Yacht Club sailors compete at the Euromed, a mid-winter event in Malta
The EUROMED is a great mid-winter event in Malta. The event is sailed in Optimist, ILCA4 and ILCA6. The mild temperatures along with the friendliness of the organisers, deliver the perfect combo for fun and competition. Team National Yacht Club…
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