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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…
The Provident CRM Optimist Leinsters finished up on Sunday at Howth Yacht Club with three more great races in a fresh breeze, with both the Junior & Senior titles not being decided until the final race. The 60+ competitors were…
The 2021 Optimist World Championship at Riva del Garda
A steady performance with a second and third in races 4Q and 5Q in the mega-fleet 58-nation Optimist Worlds Day 3 on Lake Garda has enabled Howth's Rocco Wright to discard his blip of a 19th yesterday, and move into…
Racing at the 58-nation Optimist Worlds on Lake Garda
Rocco Wright of Howth’s impressive scoreline in the qualifying stages of the 58-nation Optimist Worlds on Lake Garda was dented yesterday when he logged a 19th in Race 3. This was - when set against his recent performance standards -…
The Optimist Leinsters got racing in before the fog really descended
The Provident Optimist Leinsters got underway at Howth Yacht Club today, with 61 boats on the start line. There was lots of excitement and adrenaline running in the young sailors, delighted to be racing again. Three races were sailed, with…
Team Ireland - Lucia Cullen, RStGYC, Rocco Wright, HYC, William Walsh, HYC, Harry Moynan, RCYC and Eolann Hynes are competing in the event with coach, Simone Ricci and team leader, Emily Cullen.
The Optimist World championships 2021 started today in Fraglia Vela Riva in Lake Garda, Italy and Ireland has five sailors competing. Over 60 countries are competing in this event with a total of 266 sailors at the freshwater Italian venue. Lucia…
Howth Yacht Club is the venue for this weekend's Optimist Leinster Championships
The flags are up for the Provident CRM Optimist Leinsters and the Howth Yacht Club boat park is being cleared of other boats, to make space for the 65 or so Optimists who will compete for the Leinster Championships this…
Rocco Wright on his way to third overall in the Meringa Cup during the Trofeo Alpe de Garda Regatta, a foretaste of his stunning 9 points overall victory later in June at the 31-nation Trofeo Optimist d'Argento.
The Optimist Worlds currently getting into their stride on Lake Garda (they conclude on July 10th) find Howth's Rocco Wright to be the target helm, as his countdown to the big one has been wellnigh perfect. In mid-June he took…

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