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2013 Optimist Trials at Crosshaven End in Light airs
As expected, today was light with 4/5 knots of South/South Easterly breeze and this increased to about 8 knots for the second race of the day at Royal Cork's Optimist trials writes Claire Bateman. This completed the schedule of sixteen…
Durcan Twins Lead Optimist Trials at Royal Cork Yacht Club
#optimist – Twin brothers Harry and Johnny Durcan in top two slots at the youth sailing Optimist Trials with two races left to be sailed today  at Royal Cork Yacht Club writes Claire Bateman. Fifty six Optimist invitees based, on…
Top Optimist Dinghy Sailors Trial Begins at Royal Cork Yacht Club
Huge excitement this morning as the top 56 Optimist youth sailors in Ireland congregate in Royal Cork Yacht Club for the second leg of the 2013 Trials series in Cork Harbour. The Trials series takes place over two long weekends.…
Weather Forces Cancellation of Brassed Off Cup
#Optimist - Howth Yacht Club has announced that the annual Brassed Off Cup for Optimists scheduled to be held tomorrow 29 March (Good Friday) has been cancelled due to the persistent wintry conditions on the East Coast. The Brassed Off…
Optimist Sailors Arrive for Baltimore Sailing Club Spring Clinic
#optimist – 150 Optimist sailors, with boats and parents in tow, are converging on Baltimore Sailing Club in West Cork today for what looks to be the largest turn out to date for the annual Optimist Spring training clinic. Sailors…
Irish Optimist Sailor Wins Top Bermudan Trophy
#optimist – It all came down to the last race for Royal Cork's Douglas Elmes at Bermuda's Renaissance Junior Gold Cup but the young Irish champion who had already won the Irish title in August in Kinsale survived a strong…
Durcan and Fagan Are Optimist Munster Winners
optiimist – A terrific turnout at the 2012 Optimist Munster Championships in Crosshaven at the weekend saw RCYC's Harry Durcan take the Senior Gold title, with Junior Gold going to the National YC's Peter Fagan. Day 1 saw the fleet…
Cork boats dominate Optimist Connachts
Royal Cork YC helms won both the senior and junior divisions of the Joe Duffy BMW Optimist Connacht Championships hosted by Malahide Yacht Club, with the honours going to Douglas Elmes and James McCann respectively. Sailed on the Broadmeadows on…
Joe Duffy BMW to sponsor Optimist Connachts at Malahide
Malahide Yacht Club has announced that the Optimist Connacht Championship which it is hosting on behalf of the International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland on September 8th & 9th is to be sponsored by Joe Duffy, Ireland’s leading BMW dealer,…
Irish Success at UK Optimist Nationals Toasted in Pwllheli
#oppy – Two Irish boats have finished in the top ten of the 70-boat British Optimist class championships. In a strong showing for Cork harbour teams Royal Cork Yacht Club boats were the top Irish boats in both senior and…
Elmes Stays in Contention at UK Optimist Nationals
#oppy – Strong winds continue to make conditions difficult at the UK Optimist Nationals in Pwllheli, Wales, but the Senior Fleet managed to complete two races yesterday, with one race for the Juniors. This means that the event is now…
Elmes Lies Third at Optimist UK Championships
#optimist – Irish youth sailors are holding their own after day two of racing in Pwllheli at the UK Optimist Nationals with recently crowned Irish champion Douglas Elmes in third place overall after two race wins. Harry Whitaker is in…
Elmes Wins Optimist Bumper Nationals off Kinsale
#optimist – The 2012 Irish Nationals ended in Kinsale Yacht Club yesterday with Douglas Elmes (RCYC) the overall winner, winning the Irish National and the Irish Open trophies. Douglas was the winner of the 2012 Trials, and has just returned…
Blustery Start for Optimist Dinghy Nationals off Kinsale
#optimist – The Irish National and Open Championship got underway in Kinsale Yacht Club on Tuesday but got off to a blustery and were scrubbed on Wednesday. Afloat's Bob Bateman captured the action from Thursday's 3 race day in the…
Irish Optimist Team Finish in Top Half of World Champs
#optimist – The Optimist World Championship has concluded in the Dominican Republic, and for yet another year, a girl has taken top place; Yukie Yokoyama of Singapore took first, while her team-mates took 2nd, 3rd and 5th; Bart Lambriex of…
Durcan Takes Optimist Worlds Race Win, Whitaker Now Tenth Overall
#optimist – Sailing conditions improved in the Dominican Republic for the penultimate day's racing in the Optimist World Championships and with it came a great day's racing for the Irish team, with 12-year old Harry Durcan taking a bullet, Harry…

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