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James Dwyer Matthews of RCYC takes a spin in a 49er with Chris Bateman of Monkstown Bay
Despite Royal Cork Yacht Club's Seafra Guilfoyle's super efforts at the sharp end of Ryan Seaton's 49er campaign for Tokyo 2021 next year, there's been little in the way of Olympic skiff sailing going on in Guilfoyle's home port for…
Oppie fleet winner Sarah Donald receives first prize at the resumed annual CSS regatta Oppie class contest from commodore Dave Cahill
In spite of fresh westerly conditions, the Optimist fleet in Spiddal, Co Galway completed its series of races yesterday for last weekend’s club’s annual regatta. The Optimist class had been unable to begin their first race at the Cumann Seoltóireachta…
Great sailing conditions for the Optimist Burns Trophy at Crosshaven. See photo slideshow below
After eight races sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club, the host club's Alana Twomey continues to lead the club's Optimist Burns Trophy main fleet in Cork Harbour. JP Curtin continues in second place in the 26-boat fleet, three points behind…
Optimists racing in RCYC Burns Trophy. See slideshow below
After four races sailed at Royal Cork Yacht Club's Optimist Dinghy Class Burns Trophy Alana Twomey leads the 24-boat main fleet in the month-long series. Lying second overall is JP Curtin with third place taken by Oisin Pierse.  RCYC's Burns Trophy is…
Dinghies racing in the Coolmore race on the Owenabue River at Crosshaven. Scroll down for photos
The Coolmore Race is an old Cork Harbour yacht race that has been brought back to life by Royal Cork Yacht Club after many years. After a day of torrential rain, the downpour stopped and sadly the wind died with…
Regatta Fleet fun at Crosshaven. Generally children in the regatta fleet are between 8-11yrs. Scroll down for a slideshow of photos from Royal Cork at the weekend
Last weekend's AIB Optimist National Dinghy Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club featured a 36-boat Regatta Fleet that features an introduction to sailing and welcomes children from 8-15yrs. The fleet is designed to give children coaching and confidence in a fun…
Irish Optimist Champion 2020 Johnny Flynn of Howth with his prizes at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Scroll down for a prizegiving slideshow
Howth Yacht Club teen Johnny Flynn overtook local ace and regatta leader Ben O'Shaughnessy to clinch the AIB sponsored Optimist Nationals by a single point at Royal Cork Yacht Club today.  After four days of racing on the Curlane Bank and…
The 79-main boat fleet sailed again on day three of the championships on the Harbour's Curlane Bank in light winds. Scroll down for slideshow
After seven races sailed in light and tricky conditions in Cork Harbour, local Optimist dinghy ace Ben O'Shaughnessy of Royal Cork Yacht Club continues to lead the AIB sponsored National Championships overall.  The 79-main boat fleet sailed again on day three…
Racing is underway at the 2020 Optimist Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club. See slideshow below
Ben O'Shaughnessy of the host club leads the AIB Optimist Dinghy Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club after one race sailed in light conditions in Cork Harbour today with a number of postponements to the day's proceedings. O'Shaughnessy leads Howth's Cillian…
Excitement Builds for Optimist Dinghy Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Excitement is building in the Royal Cork Yacht Club for this week’s AIB Optimist dinghy Nationals 2020 in Cork Harbour. It will be the first time the Irish Optimist fleet will compete this year due to COVID and participant numbers…
File image of Ireland’s Optimist fleet racing
The Royal Cork Yacht Club has confirmed that its hosting of this year’s Optimist Nationals will proceed as planned next month, and the Notice of Race is now available. The AIB Optimist Irish National Championships 2020 run from 13-16 August…
Optimist sailors preparing for racing
The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) promises its young members “will laugh, rig, race and have lots of fun both on and off the water” when sailing eventually resumes. In a statement on its Facebook page last week,…
Junior sailing at the National Yacht Club
Only a handful of spots remain for youth sailors in spring training programmes for Optimist, Topper and RS Feva sailors organised by the National Yacht Club for the 2020 season. Spring training for Oppys runs for five Sunday afternoons beginning on…
Rocco Wright (Silver), Alessandro Cortes (Gold) and Lisa Vucceti (bronze and First Girl) on the podium after the Euromarina Optimist Trophy series in Alicante.
Rocco Wright (13) of Howth Yacht Club is Sailor of the Month (Junior) for January after twice taking silver in major Optimist regattas in both the southern and northern hemispheres. Early in the month in Sail Melbourne 2020 in Australia…
Rocco Wright with his trophies and other top Oppie salors in Torrevieja, Alicante after taking second overall in a total fleet of 401 Optimists in the XIII Trofeo Euromarina Optimist
Howth Optimist ace Rocco Wright barely had time to gather breath - other than getting a haircut somewhere along the way - after taking second overall in the 225-boat Optimist fleet in Sail Melbourne 2020 in Australia before he was…
Rocco Wright gets his prize in the Australian Optimist National Opens from the Commodore of the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria in Melbourne
It all came down to the eleventh and final race of the Australian Optimist National Opens 2020 in Melbourne, with a total fleet of 255 boats from eight nations racing. Howth Yacht Club's Rocco Wright was overnight leader by just…

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