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Four Irish Sailors Make Optimist Europeans Gold Fleet Cut
#optiEuros2014 – Royal Cork's James McCann & Dublin Girls Clare Gorman, Alix Buckley & Gemma McDowell have made the gold fleet cut after a full opening series of the Optimist dinghy Europeans was completed off Dun Laoghaire this afternoon. The big Irish success…
'Ar Nós Na Gaoithe' – Optimist Championship Competitors from 44 Countries Try Out Irish
#OppyEuros2014 – After two days of competition, 255 Optimist sailors from 44 nations are getting used to the wind and the waves of Dublin Bay but what about the local lingo? The enterprising videographers at the Royal St. George Yacht…
Irish Team Drop Back at Dublin Bay Optimist Europeans
#OppiEuros2014 –  Irish boys could not maintain their two top-20 rankings in today's second day of competition at the Optimst European Championships on Dublin Bay where there have been dramatic changes in positions at the Royal St. George hosted event.…
Ireland In the Mix As Optimist Europeans Kick Off With Big Breeze on Dublin Bay
#OptiEuros2014 – Ireland has got off to an exceptional start at the massive 254–boat Optimist European Championships on Dublin Bay this afternoon. Exceeding expectations of top half results, the top Irish under–16 sailors are placed tenth and 17th in the…
Optimist European Sailing Championship Opens in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay
#oppieeuros2014 – Young sailors from 44 countries attended the formal opening of the European open championship of the Under-16 Optimist sailing class at Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin today. The 253 youth sailors with their coaches and team leaders walked in…
Royal Cork's Durcan Wins Optimist Leinster Champs on Dublin Bay
#opti – A consistent showing by Harry Durcan who never fell out of the top three, despite very tricky conditions, at last weekend's Optimist Leinster Championships gave the Royal Cork sailor the title. Durcan will be Ireland's sole representative at…
#optimisteuros2014 – Ireland is a fortnight away from its staging of one of the largest sailing events of the season when the Optimist dinghy European Championships kick off at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay from 13 to…
#opti – With only three races sailed and no discards applied there were some big casualties at the Skerries based Ulster Optimist dinghy championships today, including a lowly ninth overall for Cork's Harry Durcan, who will be Ireland's only representative…
Durcan Continues Strong Form at Optimist Connaught Champs in Galway
#optimist –  Royal Cork's Harry Durcan, the only Irish sailor heading to the World Championships in Argentina later this year, emerged the clear winner of the 39–boat senior fleet at the Optimist Class Connaught Championships at Galway Bay Sailing Club…
Optimist Sailor Harry Durcan To Take on the World in Argentina Champs
#optimist – A top Irish youth sailor has opted out of his place on the European Optimist team in favour of a place on the startline at the world championships in October. Irish champion sailor Harry Durcan (14) from Royal…
Skerries Sailor Tops Irish Optimist Trials for Euro Champs at Royal St.George YC
#optimist – 14 young sailors from ten different Irish yacht clubs make up the team to represent Ireland at the Optimist Europeans that will be held in the home waters of Dun Laoghaire in July. Skerries Sailing Club sailor Peter Fagan…
Royal St.George Preparing for 'Record' Optimist Euro Champs
#opti – With just under four months left to the opening ceremony of the Optimist European Championships, the Royal Saint George Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire is preparing itself for a record entry. To date 43 countries have entered teams totalling…
Irish Optimist Youth Sailing Season Already Underway
#optimist – Yesterday Optimist sailors in Cork and Dublin were packing a punch into training in Cork and Dublin writes Claire Bateman. Royal Cork YC members of the Irish Optimist Squad were training at Howth Yacht Club and other RCYC…
Royal Cork YC Launches CH Marine Optimist National Championships 2014
#optimist – The CH Marine Irish Optimist National and Open Championships 2014 preparations are well underway and the team at the Royal Cork Yacht Club are making plans for this exciting event due to be held in the Harbour in…
Over 100 Optimist Dinghy Sailors Heading for Baltimore Sailing Club Training Camp
#opti – The Optimist fleet heads for Baltimore Sailing Club from Saturday the 15th until Friday the 21st of February with up to 161 children participating in a popular mid–term winter training programme.  The IODAI have 16 coaches, both international and…
Optimist Dinghy Vid Shows Youngsters Training in Big Waves off Cork Coast
#optimist – Young Optimist dinghy sailor Chris Bateman (12) from Cork Harbour has been making great use of recent training sessions and compiled recent winter sailing clips in to an 'extreme opti sailing' youtube video. Bateman (sail number 1443) and Tom…

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