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Sailors from all over Ireland have entered Optimist 'National Training Week' at Malahide Yacht Club and excitement is starting to build.
The IODAI in conjunction with Malahide Yacht Club will be hosting the junior Optimist dinghy National Training week 27-30th October. Although normally part of the Youth Sailing Nationals, due to COVID safety measures in 2021 the decision was made to organise…
The Optimist Munster Championship fleet raced from the Paddy's Point slipway
Fourteen-year-old William Walsh of the National Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire won the 35-boat Senior fleet after six races sailed at the Optimist Munster Championships in Cork Harbour. Walsh won by nine points from Howth Yacht Club's Des Turvey. Third was Royal…
The Junior Optimist Munster Championship fleet raced on the Oyster Bank, conveniently located close to the Paddy's Point slipway
National Yacht Club (NYC) junior sailors lead two of three Optimist dinghy divisions in a 119 boat fleet racing for Munster Championship honours at Monkstown Bay Sailing Club in Cork Harbour. The youth sailing championships are utilising the new purpose-built public…
Des Turvey, Senior fleet winner at the Optimist Ulsters
East Antrim Boat Club on Larne Lough on the Antrim coast welcomed 60 Optimists from all over Ireland to the Ulster Championships last Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th September. A stalwart of the club, Tom Jobling, reckons it may…
Royal St. George Yacht Club Commodore Richard O'Connor (right) with the late Summer Optimist Championships winners
130 young sailors aged between 8-15 years from across Ireland competed in the late Summer Optimist Championships in Dun Laoghaire Harbour sponsored by Citroen South at the weekend (4-5 September 2021).  Clubs from Kinsale to Lough Ree and Antrim took…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Rían O’Neill (1582)  leads Niamh Connell of Skerries Sailing Club (1553) round a weather mark in the Junior fleet of the Royal St. George Yacht Club Summer Optimist Championships on Dublin Bay
The host club's 13-year-old Caoilinn Geraghty-McDonnell continues her winning run in the Optimist dinghy class and added a victory in the Royal St. George Yacht Club's Summer Optimist Championship yesterday in Dun Laoghaire to her National Championships success on Lough Derg…
Caoilinn Geraghty McDonnell of RStGYC was first in the Senior Fleet with her prize haul at Lough Derg Yacht Club
Sailed over four days, the Irish Optimist Nationals 2021 for youth sailors had a fleet of 133 boats representing over 13 different clubs, competing across the Regatta Fleet and Main, Senior and Junior fleets on Lough Derg Yacht Club. The…
Close racing for Royal Cork Optimist dinghies in Cork Harbour
After eight races sailed and with two discards applied, Oisin Pierse is the leader of Royal Cork Yacht Club's Optimist dinghy July Main fleet Series.  With for race wins on his scorecard, Pierse has a six-point margin over Isha Duggan on…
The Optimist Connaught Championships at Lough Ree Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club's Cillian Twomey won the 49-boat senior fleet after five races sailed at the Irish Optimist Connaught Championships at Lough Ree Yacht Club. Just two points behind on nine points was Royal St. George Yacht Club's Caoilinn Geraghty-McDonnell…
The Optimist Connaught Championships are underway at Lough Ree Yacht Club
Howth Yacht Club's Cillian Twomey leads the 49-boat senior fleet after the first two races sailed of the Irish Optimist Connaught Championships at Lough Ree Yacht Club. Two points behind is Royal St. George Yacht Club's Caoilinn Geraghty-McDonnell in second place…
Rocco Wright finished with a really stylish race win in Italy
Rocco Wright of Howth started the 9-day 2021 Optimist Worlds on Lake Garda with a race win. And he finished with another really stylish race win, as captured in this vid   In between, things didn’t go quite so smoothly, and…
Ireland's Rocco Wright (IRL 1631) flips on to port tack in the last race of the Optimist Worlds on Lake Garda
While Brazil’s Alex Di Francesco Kuhl continued his improving performance today on Lake Garda to topple the USA’s Gil Hackel from the overall lead to become the new Optimist World Champion, Ireland’s top helm Rocco Wright of Howth concluded with…
Lake Garda saw only one race completed today at the Optimist Worlds
It had been hoped to provide three races today (Thursday) at the Optimist Worlds 2021, but increasingly unstable weather over Lake Garda saw only one completed. In flukey conditions, with the wind drawing from the north for the first time…
Ireland’s Opti star Rocco Wright prefers a breeze, but today on Lake Garda he had to contend with a fading wind in the first two races of the finals for the Worlds 2021
A slowly fading southerly breeze on Lake Garda today - declining from an initial 10 knots - favoured early fleet leaders in the three day finals of the Optimist Worlds 2021, and the USA’s Gil Hackel found extra speed to…
The Italian Optimist squad of Quan ACardi, Alessandro Cirinei, Alex Demurtas, Lorenzo Ghirotti and Lisa Vucettidriano were on top form
The two-day 48-country Team Racing sector of the Optimist Worlds at Lake Garda concluded this evening (Tuesday) with host nation Italy retaining the title against Thailand in a straight 2-0 victory, while Portugal took the bronze against USA. The Italian…
The 2021 Optimist World Championship at Riva del Garda
The nine-day Optimist Worlds currently under way on the marvellous Lake Garda have a programme which would be demanding for mature athletes at the peak of their career-developing stamina curve. But the young sailors seem game for it all, as…

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