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Baltimore Sailing Club's Fionn Lyden is in the top five of the Finn dinghy under 23 worlds,  the Finn Silver Cup, which started yesterday in Balaton in Hungary.

The move by the 2012 West Cork Laser triallist to the Tokyo 2020 mens heavyweight dinghy shows the depth of his Olympic sailing ambitions.

The talented University College Cork Engineering student counts 11, 4, and 7 to be fourthe from 45 with racing abandoned yesterday due to lack of wind.

Lyden, twice an Afloat.ie Sailor of the Month in 2012 and 2015, made history in 2015 by becoming the first helm to win all races (9) in the Irish Youth Helmsmans Championship, which then entitled him to race in the Seniors, in which he duly won the Silver Medal.

Although clearly one of the most remarkable talents to emerge in Irish sailing in recent years, he has chosen a Corinthian path. Thus most of his efforts and energy over the past few years have been dedicated to study in University College Cork but the move to the Finn is certainly an exciting development that is off to a great start in Hungary.

Despite spending four hours on the water, no more racing was possible at the U23 Finn World Championship at Balatonfüred. The sailors were twice sent out on the water, but both times came back empty handed.

Everyone expected to lose a day or more of racing, but no one expected to lose the second day, which had the second best forecast of the week.

The day began with an AP ashore, which then continued afloat for an hour before the sailors were sent back to shore to wait under a further AP. Finally they were sent back out again as a relativity stable 6-8 knots had settled over the course area. This started to drop and shift as soon as the fleet arrived and despite two attempts to get the race away, at 17.00 the fleet was sent shore again.

Results are here

Published in Tokyo 2020

Baltimore will become a centre for sailing over the next few weeks. This August weekend the annual sailing trek to the waters around Carbery’s Hundred Isles will get underway with the annual overnight race from Crosshaven to Schull. For the next few weeks the Cork sailing fraternity will be joined by boats from the East Coast, taking in events like Calves Week, Baltimore Regatta, racing around the Fastnet and the legendary Cape Clear Regatta.

The date when the club was founded varies, according to which account you take it from. A list of Commodores in the club starts in 1952 but a letter dated 3rd August 1976, written by Frank Murphy, who was the first Secretary of the club, stated that the club was founded in the summer of 1953. However, the Minutes of a Meeting held at Salters premises in Baltimore on Saturday 28th July 1956 state that "It was unanimously felt that a Sailing Club should be formed”

On my podcast this week I talk to a former Commodore of the Club, Gerald O’Flynn, who puts that date as the one when the club was formed.

Its story, set up originally as a Summer sailing club for Cork families with second homes in the fishing village, began when some of those seasonal residents lost boats in storms while they were kept at nearby Tragumna beach.

Gerald O’Flynn tells the story of boats built and bought for £75 each in ‘old’ money; about a ‘bastard-type’ of National 18, Enterprises and Fireball dinghies used by the club, the running of National Dinghy Week and the time when the club annoyed locals by covering grass areas on the pier with concrete. It’s a fascinating story about a club with a strong family emphasis which he told me in its modern premises which these days operates for a wider period than just Summer.

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The CH Marine sponsored 2017 Laser Munster Championships attracted a strong fleet of 125 boats to Baltimore Sailing Club over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend.

In the 45–boat Laser Radial fleet, six races were sailed with five to count.

Royal Cork's Johnny Durcan, who spent December racing Lasers in Australia, finished a two point margin over Ewan MacMahon of Howth Yacht Club on 13–points to take the title. Third was Aisling Keller of Lough Derg Yacht Club who finished on the same points tally as MacMahon.

In the standard or full rig, another south coast helmsman took the Munster title. Darragh O'Sullivan from Kinsale YC beat local ace Fionn Lyden in the 34–boat fleet. Third was Ronan Walsh of Royal Cork.

The 4.7 fleet also went to Cork with Kinsale's Michael Carroll topping the 31–boat leaderboard. Second was Howth's Daniel Hopkins and third Clare Gorman of the National Yacht Club.

Provsional results (and subject to protest) posted lasted night on the championship noticeboard are downloadable below. Afloat.ie will post any updated results as they are received.

Youth sailing continues this week for the Laser racers who compete at the ISA Youth National Championships at Ballyholme Yacht Club.

Published in Laser

I was in Baltimore Sailng Club last week for the annual training camp run by the Optimist Association when 130 young sailors braved and overcame what were at times quite testing sailing conditions. I watched with admiration the impressive organisation of the event and the readiness of the youngsters to venture out on the waters of the bay when, I should honestly say, I would not have been over-anxious to do so myself. The Optimist Association is well-organised and they were at a club which is directing a lot of its efforts towards encouraging young sailors.

Baltimore Sailing Club undertook a major refurbishing and upgrading of its premises on the quayside in 2013 and also reinvigorated the organisational structure of the club which had been founded in 1956 as a Summer sailing club. This is the seasonal time when the population of the historic West Cork village is increased considerably by the influx of holidaymakers from Cork and further around the coast.

This weekend the Baltimore Laser Icicle Regatta is scheduled, deferred from the Christmas holiday period by bad weather. That will be followed at Easter when the club intends to introduce the RS200 to the classes which sail there.

OPTIMIST TRAINING AT BALTIMOREOptimist dinghy training at Baltimore, West Cork

Baltimore is setting a strong headline in the development of sailing.

Listen to the Podcast from my visit to Baltimore below and interviews with Michael Walsh, Club Commodore and Sheila O’Sullivan, Junior Sailing Organiser.

Published in Island Nation
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The traditional Optimist Baltimore Spring Training Week event, one of the top International sailing clinics in Europe, takes place next week. 

Baltimore Week is Ireland’s largest sailing camp and this year has seen over 140 Optimist sailors from 8 – 15 yrs old sign up for the event.

It is an action packed week of fun for all the family. This event is about making friends and having fun on and off the water in a safe environment.

A team of International coaches from Greece, & Poland are joined by top Irish coaches to provide training for sailors of all competencies, from those who have only recently started to sail to those who are competing internationally.

The week is very much a family-oriented event, with a programme of activities for children too young to sail, and events also organised for adults, such as the ‘How to Rig an Oppi’ class for novice parents! Schull & Fitbones provides activities for those 5 years and upwards who are not yet sailing. They do Baltimore Treasure Hunt and Playground games, Sherkin Island trip and an Adventure Challenge in Lough Hyne Woods.

Evening activities are also on offer, including the ever-popular cinema night and also a disco night. In addition the week finishes off with a one day regatta which helps sailors consolidate all they have learnt during the week & to put it into practice.

The annual event is hosted by Baltimore Sailing Club, which is set in the beautiful harbour of Baltimore, West Cork.

IODAI Forum 2017
An IODAI forum takes place during the Baltimore week where all parents are invited to express their views or seek information on the running of the Optimist class.

Published in Optimist

#TrySailing - Baltimore Sailing Club is now taking bookings for places on its 2017 ISA summer sailing courses.

The first course runs over three weeks from Monday 3 to Friday 21 July, while a second three-week course runs the following month from Tuesday 8 to Friday 25 August.

In addition, a Junior Try Sailing Taster Course runs from Monday 24 to Friday 28 July comprising two half-day courses each day.

Application forms are available on the Baltimore SC website HERE.

Published in How To Sail

After missing out on Day 2 of the 1720 Irish championship entirely due to inclement weather, OOD Peter Crowley and his team were on the water at Kinsale before 09:00 this morning and managed to complete a full programme of races for the 1720 National Championships writes Peadar Murphy. The wind today was light and shifting, but four highly competitive races were still squeezed in and had everyone ashore just before the rain swept in again.

After the first four races on Friday, Anthony O’Leary on “Antix” led from the Byrne and Wilson outfit on “ZING” and Aoife English on “Atara”. However today, the next generation of O’Learys shot to the fore on “Dutch Gold” (newly arrived from Holland!) with Peter on the helm and Robert midship providing the fleet with a masterclass in 1720 sailing in light airs. Three bullets and a second place finish rightly crowning them as the 1720 National Champions for 2016 and bringing the title to Baltimore Sailing Club, capping off a memorable week for that part of the world!

Though never quite at the front of the fleet today, Padraig Byrne and Don Wilson on “ZING” had done enough on Friday to ensure that their lesser results today still merited a second place overall. The lighter airs today seemed to suit a number of boats that hadn’t been quite in the running in strong stuff on Friday; Fionn Lyden on Baltimore Sailing Club boat “Live Wire” had a strong showing today, and might have been pushed a bit by fellow Baltimore boat “Smile n’ Wave”, though their challenge ran out of steam later in the day. Also prominent today were Paul Gibbons’ “Wahoo” and Dun Laoghaire visitor Kenneth Rumball on “Team INSS”. However, despite an off day today - Anthony O”Leary’s “Antix” came home in third overall with five points to spare over “Wahoo”.

However, the undoubted winner of the Blacks of Kinsale 1720 National Championships was Peter O’Leary.

Published in 1720

Despite mustering a fleet of 120 dinghies for the first regional championships of the year there was no Laser racing at all last weekend at Baltimore Sailing Club due to gale force winds. Winds were never less than 20–25 knots with gusts up to 50 for the entire weekend until that is, late on Sunday afternoon when it was warm, sunny and a perfect 10–knots as the fleet were packing boats and heading for home.

The Munster championships, which was a ranking ladder cut off event for Dun Laoghaire's Laser Radial Youth World Championships in July, is to be rescheduled.

The next event on the Laser calendar is the Ulster Championships at County Antrim Yacht Club at Whitehead on April 23rd

Published in Laser

The Irish Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) will hold its spring training week at Baltimore sailing Club in West Cork over the February 2016 Mid-term break. This is Ireland’s largest sailing camp and generally caters for up to 160 sailors from 8 – 15 yrs old.
The village of Baltimore will be effectively taken over by approximately 160 keen sailors and their families for the week. A team of International coaches from Greece, & Poland are joined by top Irish coaches to provide training for sailors of all competencies, from those who have only recently started to sail to those who are competing internationally.
The Baltimore event is considered to be one of the top International clinics in Europe. It is very much a family-oriented event, with a programme of activities for children too young to sail, and events also organised for adults, such as the ‘How to Rig an Oppi’ class for novice parents! Schull & Fitbones
provides activities for those 5 years and upwards who are not yet sailing, they do Baltimore Treasure Hunt and Playground games, Sherkin Island trip and an Adventure Challenge in Lough Hyne Woods .
The event is organised by IODAI which is comprised of volunteers, which are the parents of sailors. It takes 25 – 30 volunteers per day to run the event efficiently and the overall event is managed by Mandy Kelly and assisted by Sara Lacy both parents of sailors. 
Evening activities are also on offer, including the ever-popular ‘a cinema night, disco night and of course the cake competition on the last day of sailing. In addition the week finishes off with a one day regatta which helps sailors consolidate all they have learnt during the week & to put it into practice.
An IODAI forum takes place during the Baltimore week where all parents are invited to express their views or seek information on the running of the Optimist class.

Published in Optimist

Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork will stage its annual Laser Icicle Regatta on Saturday and Sunday 5th & 6th December.

The series will be over six races, with three races on Saturday and three on Sunday. Lasers using the Standard, Radial or 4.7 Rig are entitled to compete.

For more information please see the available attachment documents below (Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions) for download:

Published in Laser
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