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Optimist ace Rocco Wright of Howth found it was tough at the top when the 185-strong 11-nation fleet gathered at his home port for the Irish Open Nationals in August. After he’d won the first race, he was a marked man, and had to be content with fourth overall by the finish. But back in July, he’d taken 10th overall in the Worlds, and then in October, he notched second overall in the North Americans, giving him Ireland’s best international performance in 2019.
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.
The rest of the Irish team are also to be commended for their finishes in a field comprising 255 young sailors: Sam Ledoux (National YC) was 70th overall, Luke Turkey (HYC) 100th and Ben O’Shaughnessy (RCYC) 159th.
In the glow of that achievement for the nation, the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) has decamped to Waterford Harbour for the Optimist Munster Championships from today, Saturday 29 July.
The event is open to all boats of the IODAI across Regatta, Junior and Senior fleets, with the Notice of Race, Sailing Instructions and Supplementary Instructions available on the Waterford Harbour Sailing Club website.
The International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland (IODAI) shared a photo yesterday (Sunday 30 June) of the five-strong team headed to Antigua to represent Ireland at the 2019 World Championships later this week.
Rocco Wright (Howth YC), James Dwyer Matthews (Royal Cork/Kinsale), Ben O’Shaughnessy (Royal Cork), Sam Ledoux (National YC) and Luke Turvey (Howth YC) will be supported by team coach Dara O’Shea at the event, where racing gets under way this Saturday 6 July.
They will be hoping to best the European team’s impressive performance in Brittany last week, placing 11th overall in a field of 300 sailors representing 50 countries.
The youngster remained in medal contention among a 110-boat gold fleet all the way till the final day’s racing, following a phenomenal week where he was rarely out of the top three of his groups.
Jessica Riordan (Royal St George YC), Anna O’Connor (Royal Irish YC), Lucia Cullen (NYC/RStG), Rachel Flood (NYC), Trevor Bolger (RStG) and Peter Williams comprised the rest of the Irish contingent on the Costa Brava during the week.
The winner of the Seaward Bell Trophy in last week’s HYC Achievers Awards placed first in his first and fourth qualifiers in the Red group, with a second-place finish in the third and a black flag for race number two.
In the current tally (as of Friday 25 January) that puts Wright just one net point behind table-topper Marco Gradoni from Italy, and three ahead of Spanish youth Jaime Ayarza Montenegro.
Five other Irish juniors are competing in the south-eastern Spanish Mediterranean port this week, with James Dwyer Matthews (Kinsale YC) closest in 11th overall.
#Optimist - Howth Yacht Club have congratulated youth members Luke Turvey and Rocco Wright for topping the senior and junior tables respectively in the final 2018 rankings in Ireland’s Optimist class.
Turvey is in fine company in the senior fleet, ahead of Justin Lucas; James Dwyer-Matthews; Rian Geraghty-McDonnell, Ireland’s top performer at last week’s Oppy Worlds in Cyprus; and Sam Ledoux, who beat him on count back to win the senior Gold fleet at the IODAI Munster Championships last weekend.
Fellow Howth and NYC youth Wright, meanwhile, sailed a solid event with five bullets at Tralee Bay Sailing Club in Fenit, which saw a tough weekend of shifty conditions.
And in another win for Howth, the Fair Sailing Award went to Johnny Flynn.
2018 IODAI Munster Championships Results
Junior Fleet Gold
- 1st Rocco Wright HYC
- 2nd Jessica Riordan RStGYC
- 3rd Ben O’Shaughnessy RCYC
- 4th Billy Doyle TBSC
- 5th Peter Williams RStGYC
Junior Fleet Girls
- 1st Jessica Riordan RStGYC
- 2nd Alana Twomey RCYC/CHSC
- 3rd Clementine van Steenberge NYC
Junior Fleet Silver
- 1st Sorcha Gannon O’Connor HYC
- 2nd William Walsh TBSC
- 3rd Conall Mac Thrinfhir TBSC
- 4th Harry Moynan RCYC
- 5th Hugo Crawford HYC
Top Local Sailor – Junior Fleet
- Billy Doyle TBSC
Senior Fleet Gold
- 1st Sam Ledoux NYC
- 2nd Luke Turvey HYC
- 3rd James Dwyer Matthews RCYC
- 4th Fiachra McDonnell NYC
- 5th Trevor Bolger RStGYC
Senior Fleet Girls
- 1st Eimer McMorrow-Moriarty TBSC
- 2nd Lauren O’Callaghan NYC
- 3rd Grace Fahy RStGYC/LDYC
Senior Fleet Silver
- 1st Liam Duggan RCYC
- 2nd Fleet Ciara Paul MYC
- 3rd Clodagh Malone NYC
Top Local Sailor – Senior Fleet
- Eimer McMorrow-Moriarty TBSC