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#oppy – Two Irish boats have finished in the top ten of the 70-boat British Optimist class championships. In a strong showing for Cork harbour teams Royal Cork Yacht Club boats were the top Irish boats in both senior and junior fleets.

Royal Cork's Douglas Elmes finished third and Harry Whitaker seventh in Pwllheli, North Wales yesterday. Racing was cut short when the final day of competition was canclled due to weather. In the Junior fleet Richard McGinley and James McCann was best of the Irish in sixth and seventh place in the 86-boat fleet.

A number of protests concerning overall results are still in play so overall results are still provisional.

The Irish highlights are:

Richard McGinley 6th Junior Gold

James McCann 7th Junior Gold

Emma Parker 1st Junior Silver

Ronan Walsh 3rd Junior Silver

Rachel Eggers 6th Junior Silver

Douglas Elmes 3rd Senior Gold

Harry Whitaker 7th Senior Gold

Frank Fagan 6th Mini-Racers Fleet

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#oppy – Strong winds continue to make conditions difficult at the UK Optimist Nationals in Pwllheli, Wales, but the Senior Fleet managed to complete two races yesterday, with one race for the Juniors.

This means that the event is now split into Gold and Silver fleets for the last day's racing.

Another win for Douglas Elmes means he retains his third position overall (first non-UK) in the Senior fleet; in the Junior fleet, Richard McGinley leads the Irish in 6th place, closely followed by James McCann who had a first yesterday and jumped to 7th.

With wind conditions relatively unchanged, sailors are hoping for a good day's racing today

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#optimist – Irish youth sailors are holding their own after day two of racing in Pwllheli at the UK Optimist Nationals with recently crowned Irish champion Douglas Elmes in third place overall after two race wins. Harry Whitaker is in eighth position. In the junior fleet, Alix Buckley, also with two wins, is in second place, with Richard McGinley 10th.

Conditions look difficult for sailors toda in day three, if racing gets attempted at all, with heavy onshore winds forecast for today and tomorrow.

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#optimist – The 2012 Irish Nationals ended in Kinsale Yacht Club yesterday with Douglas Elmes (RCYC) the overall winner, winning the Irish National and the Irish Open trophies. Douglas was the winner of the 2012 Trials, and has just returned from the Dominican Republic where he was part of the Optimist World's team.

Almost 200 sailors, from Ireland, the UK, India, Spain, Bermuda, Hong Kong, France and the USA competed for the Nationals trophy which took place over five days in Kinsale. Conditions were changeable; heavy winds meant that sailing had to be cancelled on day 2, and seas remained heavy during the event.

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Championship winner Douglas Elmes going fast at the Optimist Nationals in Kinsale. Photo: Bob Bateman

In the Senior fleet, competition was intense, with top five places going to Douglas, Megan Parker (SSC), Rory Caslin (Bermuda), Jim Vincent (France) and Robbie King (UK), and Senior Silver fleet won by Dara Donnelly (NYC).

The UK Junior Optimist team attended the event and they dominated the Junior Fleet, with the Junior Open trophy going to Milo Gill-Taylor of the UK, and top five places won by UK sailors. The Irish Junior champion is Loghlen Rickard (NYC), and the Junior Silver trophy was won by Clare Gorman (NYC).

The Regatta Fleet, which is a training event for the youngest Optimist sailors, included daily racing which took place inside Kinsale harbour. Forty Regatta Fleet sailors launched each day in conditions that challenged their sailing abilities to the limits, and coped excellently, completing as many races as the Main Fleet. With sailors from 8 years upwards sailing at this level, the future looks bright for sailing in Ireland. The National Trophy for the Regatta Fleet was won by Robert Keal (RCYC).

Wednesday's Optimist National Action photos from Bob Bateman here

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#optimist – The Irish National and Open Championship got underway in Kinsale Yacht Club on Tuesday but got off to a blustery and were scrubbed on Wednesday. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the action from Thursday's 3 race day in the 200 boat fleet. See his gallery of shots below.

In the 47-boat Senior Fleet Douglas Elmes leads from Megan Parker after seven races sailed.

Milo Gill Taylor leads a group of five visiting British sailors at the front of the 96-boat junior fleet..

In the 34 boat regatta fleet local Jack McGrane leads.

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#optimist – The Optimist World Championship has concluded in the Dominican Republic, and for yet another year, a girl has taken top place; Yukie Yokoyama of Singapore took first, while her team-mates took 2nd, 3rd and 5th; Bart Lambriex of Netherlands finished in 4th position.

RCYC's Harry Whitaker finished the event in style with a 2nd in the last race, and the entire Irish team – Harry Whitaker, Douglas Elmes (WHSC/RCYC), Megan parker (SSC), Harry Durcan (RCYC) and Sophie Browne (TBSC/ RCYC) ended the event in the top half of the fleet. They travel home today just in time to compete in the Irish Nationals at Kinsale Yacht Club next Tuesday, July 31st.

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#optimist – Sailing conditions improved in the Dominican Republic for the penultimate day's racing in the Optimist World Championships and with it came a great day's racing for the Irish team, with 12-year old Harry Durcan taking a bullet, Harry Whitaker continuing his run of great results with a third and a second, placing him in tenth position. The entire Irish team is now comfortably in the top half of the world championships, with Harry Whitaker tenth, Douglas Elmes 44th, Megan Parker 78th, Sophie Browne 91st and Harry Durcan 101st.

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#optimist – Following on Sophie Browne's Gold Medal in the 2011 CIE (French Summer Championships) finishing seventh overall and first girl; last weekend Cliodhna ni Shuilleabháin (Kinsale Yacht Club) has achieved a Silver medal in the 2012 CIE, finishing second girl and eighth overall.

Cliodhna already represented Ireland earlier this summer in the Optimist European Championships in Italy.

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#optimist – News continues to be slow from the Dominican Republic, with the rest day, Monday 23rd July, being changed to a racing day. Despite this, only one race was completed bringing the total number of races to 5, with only two days left until the end of the event. Harry Whitaker and Douglas Elmes had a good day in shifty conditions, with Harry getting another 4th place and Doug a 10th. Tuesday's racing will see a discard kick in. Full event results on the Optiworld site here

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#optimist – Kinsale Yacht Club is busily preparing for the first of two major sailing events to be held at the club over the next number of months. The Volvo/Davy Irish Optimist Championships begin next week, while the Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup follows in September.

Next weeks Optimist Nationals will attract almost 200 sailors aged between 8 and 15, and entries include large teams from the UK and India, and individual entries from France, Hong Kong and the US.. We can expect top class sailing over five days under the guidance of leading Race Officer Alan Crosbie.

The twelve race series begins on Tuesday 31st and runs through to Saturday August 4th. The highly competive fleet will compete for the title of National and Open Champion and the foreign entrants can be expected to be amongst the leading contenders, with Max Clapp from the UK returning to try to add the Senior title to the Junior Open title he won last year. Irish eyes will be on our International squad who will be returning from the European and World Championships. Among these Douglas Elmes and Harry Whitaker from RCYC can be considered serious contenders, while local sailors Scott Levie and Cliodhna Ni Shuilleabhain (returning from a fine 8th place at the French Nationals) won't be far from the leaders.

Whatever happens on the water, these young sailors are sure to bring a lot of excitement and energy to the town over the course of the weeks sailing. The program of events for the week kicks off with an opening ceremony at Charles Fort on Monday 30th July at 7pm.

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The Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Information

The creation of the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) began in a very low key way in the autumn of 2002 with an exploratory meeting between Denis Kiely, Jim Donegan and Fintan Cairns in the Granville Hotel in Waterford, and the first conference was held in February 2003 in Kilkenny.

While numbers of cruiser-racers were large, their specific locations were widespread, but there was simply no denying the numerical strength and majority power of the Cork-Dublin axis. To get what was then a very novel concept up and running, this strength of numbers had to be acknowledged, and the first National Championship in 2003 reflected this, as it was staged in Howth.

ICRA was run by a dedicated group of volunteers each of whom brought their special talents to the organisation. Jim Donegan, the elder statesman, was so much more interested in the wellbeing of the new organisation than in personal advancement that he insisted on Fintan Cairns being the first Commodore, while the distinguished Cork sailor was more than content to be Vice Commodore.

ICRA National Championships

Initially, the highlight of the ICRA season was the National Championship, which is essentially self-limiting, as it is restricted to boats which have or would be eligible for an IRC Rating. Boats not actually rated but eligible were catered for by ICRA’s ace number-cruncher Denis Kiely, who took Ireland’s long-established native rating system ECHO to new heights, thereby providing for extra entries which brought fleet numbers at most annual national championships to comfortably above the hundred mark, particularly at the height of the boom years. 

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ICRA Nationals 2021

The date for the 2021 edition of the ICRA National Championships is 3-5 September at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay.

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