Ireland had reason to celebrate at the Optimist North American Championship this past week with a podium finish among two top-five places.
Howth Yacht Club’s bright Oppy star Rocco Wright finished second just two points behind winner Gustavo Campos from Brazil — and James Dwyer Matthews of the Royal Cork/Kinsale wasn’t far behind in fifth place.
Ironically, the two were also separated by three spots in the final standings of this summer’s Optimist Worlds in Antigua.
In other youth sailing news, the National YC scored top results in the Junior Helmsman’s event in Schull last weekend.
Representing the Laser Radial, Clare Gorman with crew (and brother) Conor Gorman were second overall after taking the medal race, while Clare was also named first girl.
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and crew Nathan Van Steenberge representing the 29er class were third overall.