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Rocco Wright racing towards a silver medal in the Bahamas last week
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…
James Dwyer Matthews of RCYC / KYC
The weather gods conspired against sailors on the final day of the 2019 Optimist Nationals At Howth YC. The senior fleet were sent out first this morning on their own in a strong breeze, to race and to test the…
James Dwyer Matthews leads the Irish Championships and is chasing the USA hard for the lead in the Open Championships at Howth
Saturday brought a change of fortune for sailors at the Optimist National Championships at Howth Yacht Club with champagne sailing conditions that overflowed a little for some. The seniors were the main action of the day. They got four races…
Optimist sailing off Howth on day two of the national championships
Day 2 was a difficult day at the Optimist National Championships at Howth Yacht Club for all concerned with the vagaries of the Irish sailing conditions making it very challenging for both sailors and organisers alike. Sailors were held ashore…
Howth Yacht Club Race Officer Harry Gallagher among the 185 Optimist competitors at the National Championships Opening Ceremony at HYC
Day one completed at the 2019 Optimist Nationals in Howth Yacht Club, with three good races in a real mix of conditions for the main fleets - senior and junior. The day started with 16-20 knots of breeze but this…
The International Optimist Dinghy Worlds at Howth in 1981, when the 130-strong fleet from 26 nations covered the sea so tightly that Lambay was almost invisible
When Howth Yacht Club hosted the 1981 Optimist Worlds, it was while the harbour was in the midst of a major redevelopment project writes W M Nixon. Yet young sailors from 26 nations provided a fleet of 130 boats, and…
Team Ireland in Antigua ahead of the competition
Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright scored a tremendous result for Ireland as he placed 10th in the Optimist Worlds in Antigua earlier this week. He was followed closely in the final standings by 13th-placed James Dwyer Matthews of the Royal…
Team Ireland bound for the Optimist Worlds in Antigua this week
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…
Team Ireland: (from left to right) - Justin Lucas, Fiachra McDonnell-Geraghty, Archie Daly, Johnny Flynn, Jessica Riordan, Alanna Twomey, Clementine Van Steenberge
Seven young sailors were selected at the Optimist trials last April to represent Ireland at the Optimist Europeans in Crozon, Brittany writes Coach Thomas Chaix. The 2019 regatta had about 300 entries from 50 countries making it virtually a 'B Worlds'.…
Youth Sailing Titles Decided at Royal Cork Yacht Club
In Cork Harbour, five youth national sailing titles were decided at the four-day Irish Sailing Youth Championships hosted by the Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven though Storm Hannah disrupted the event programme writes Bob Bateman. Ferguson victory in 420 In…
Optimist racing in Cork Harbour. Scroll down for photo gallery
The Optimist class at the Irish Sailing Youth Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club were the only class that got racing today thanks to the relative shelter of their race course on Cork Harbour's Curlane Bank. In the Trials fleet,…
Optimist sailors will gather in Howth on Good Friday
Howth Yacht Club’s annual Brassed Off Cup is once again being held on its traditional date of Good Friday, which falls this coming Friday 19 April. The Optimist dinghy event is a great opportunity for junior racers to dust off…
Justin Lucas of the Royal Cork and Tralee Bay Sailing Clubs
Optimist talent Justin Lucas scored three wins out of eight races on his way to a convincing victory at the Optimist Club Netherlands selection event last weekend. Last year’s Sailor of the Month for April, who sails out of the…
Optimist Association Seeks New Committee Volunteers
The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) is setting two volunteers to fill key positions in its committee. The roles of teams organiser and child safety officer do not require the volunteer to have any sailing experience or knowledge,…
James Dwyer-Matthews pictured in his home waters of Kinsale at the 2018 Irish Nationals
James Dwyer Matthews (15) of Kinsale and Luke Turvey (13) of Howth have led the charge for Ireland in the 155-boat International Optimist British Spring Opens at Lymington, with both on the podium at the finish yesterday evening – Matthews…
Optimists in action at the 2015 Crosbie Cup in Dunmore East
#Optimist - Waterford Harbour Sailing Club will host the IODAI Optimist Munster Championships 2019 in Dunmore East on the weekend of 20-21 July. Regatta, Junior and Senior fleets will race in the event which is open to all boats of…

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