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A RIB attempts a rescue of an Optimist Team Dinghy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour during Storm Brian last year. A person on the pier holds a lifebuoy. Two capsized Optimists are just visible in the top right of the picture. An independent report into the incident is published today
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#Optimist - An independent report into an incident involving Irish Sailing’s junior Optimist squad last year, during which almost half the dinghy fleet sustained significant damage, has criticised the organisation’s coaching systems. Scroll down the page to download the full…
Luke Turvey (left) in action in Torrevieja last weekend
Optimist
#Optimist - Howth YC/National YC sailor Luke Turvey secured third place in the Under 13s fleet in Spain’s Torrevieja Trophy last weekend (26-28 January). Turvey, who travelled as part of Irish Sailing’s 16-strong Optimist squad, topped the Irish contingent by…
Annalise has played an ambassador role for sailing since her win. Here she is back sailing on Dublin Bay after her medal win
Annalise Murphy
With every great win comes a ripple effect. Annalise Murphy’s silver medal in sailing at the Rio Olympics in 2016 was good news for the country, for sport, and the sailing community in general. But how has the bounce been…
New Zealand boat builder Matthew Mason has developed a clip-on bow and a new rig for the Optimist dinghy which can be handled by two lighter kids or one heavier kid
Optimist
A development of the single-handed Optimist dinghy has appeared in New Zealand that converts the boat into a two-handed, planing junior dinghy with a bow! When his young son asked why Optimists didn’t have a pointy bow like other boats, Matthew…
Big breeze for the Toppers at Royal Cork. Scroll down for photo gallery
Topper
Royal Cork's annual Topper and Laser dinghy Frostbite League commenced on November 9 in chilly but bright conditions with fifty five dinghies competing. After seven races sailed, Joe O'Sullivan leads the Topper 4.2 fleet, Jonathan O'Shaughnessy leads a 23–boat 5.3 fleet. Conor Horgan…
Laser, Optimist. Pico and RS dinghies enjoy some great breeze for summer club racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Cork YC
As the debate rumbles on as to how we can engage more young people in the sport of sailing, the Royal Cork Yacht Club has witnessed 'tremendous growth' in junior dinghy sailing activity across every level over the last eighteen…
Irish Sailors and their impressive haul from the Hague Optimist Cup 2017 in Scheveningen in the Netherlands. Sailors from left to right Sam Ledoux, Johnny Flynn, Nathan van Steeberge, Leah Rickard, Clementine van Steenberge, and Rocco Wright
Optimist
Last weekend, six Irish Optimist Sailors participated in the The Hague Optimist Cup 2017 in Scheveningen in the Netherlands. The event was the test event for the 2018 European Optimist Championships, Team Ireland, composed of Leah Rickard, Nathan van Steeberge,…
A RIB attempts a rescue of an Optimist Team Dinghy in Dun Laoghaire Harbour during Storm Brian on Saturday. A person on the pier holds a lifebuoy. Two capsized Optimists are just visible in the top right of the picture
ISA
Irish Sailing, the national governing body for the sport in Ireland, has issued a statement following the rescue of its 16-boat National Optimist Squad during Storm Brian on Saturday lunchtime in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. In the statement, released yesterday, the…
Sailing instructor Kerri-Ann Boylan filmed this Shark in Skerries Harbour while teaching sailing. See video below
Marine Wildlife
Sailing instructor Kerri-Ann Boylan was out coaching kids in Optimist sailing dinghies at the weekend when she spotted a fin in the water in Skerries Harbour in North County Dublin. 'As I brought the kids into land and about to…
139 sailors registered for the Optimist Leinsters at the NYC
Optimist
It was a clean sweep for Royal Cork Yacht Club junior sailors at the Optimist Leinster Dinghy Championships at the National Yacht Club last weekend.  Justin Lucas won the Merrion Private sponsored event where 139–sailors registered including 29 from the host club. Lucas's…
Optimist dinghies at Dun Laoghaire
Optimist
Recently crowned Irish Optimist champion Rian Geraghty-McDonnell (14) of the National Yacht Club leads a blustery Leinster Championships hosted by his own club on Dublin Bay. Four points behind, Royal Cork's Harry Twomey is second on seven, with Geraghty–McDonnell's club mate Nathan…
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell, Winner of the Irish Optimist National Senior Championship
Optimist
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell has won the Irish Optimist National and Open Senior Championship and Luke Turvey the Junior Optimist National and Open Championship at the IODAI championships hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club. With a full series of 10 races…
The RIYC Optimist Nationals Fleet prepare to launch on Day two
Optimist
After six races sailed in blustery conditons off Dun Laoghaire, Rian Geraghty–McDonnell leads the 64-boat senior fleet from the National Yacht Club's Leah Rickard by three points. Third, after one discard, at the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted event is Royal Cork's…
Optimist sailors from across Ireland– and the UK– have gathered at the RIYC for the National Championships on Dublin Bay
Optimist
Howth Yacht Club's Hugh Turvey has taken an early lead at the Optimist National Championships on Dublin Bay. The fourteen–year–old has worked out a decent margin in light winds after only two races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.…
Pictured following today's reactivation of the Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’ in the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire are sailors: Georgia Goodbody, Dylan Leonard, Max Goodbody, Oscar Mulvin, Hannah Leonard and Daisy Dillon-Malone
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Irish Sailing has announced the reactivation of the Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’, aimed at nurturing future talented Irish sailors. The Irish Sailing Performance ‘Volvo Junior Squad Programme’ aims to develop and support talented young sailors, acording to a press…
The Irish Optimist sailing team at Dublin Airport, early this morning, on their way to Bulgaria
Optimist
The Irish Optimist Sailing team are on their way to Burgas, Bulgaria to take part in the European Championships. Two hundred and fifty sailors will participate in the week-long event with ten races expected from 30th July to 5th August. The…

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