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Cliodhna Takes Silver at French Optimist Champs
#optimist – Following on Sophie Browne's Gold Medal in the 2011 CIE (French Summer Championships) finishing seventh overall and first girl; last weekend Cliodhna ni Shuilleabháin (Kinsale Yacht Club) has achieved a Silver medal in the 2012 CIE, finishing second…
Whitaker and Elmes Make Best of Shifty Winds at Optimist Worlds
#optimist – News continues to be slow from the Dominican Republic, with the rest day, Monday 23rd July, being changed to a racing day. Despite this, only one race was completed bringing the total number of races to 5, with…
Kinsale Yacht Club Prepares for 200 Optimist Dinghies
#optimist – Kinsale Yacht Club is busily preparing for the first of two major sailing events to be held at the club over the next number of months. The Volvo/Davy Irish Optimist Championships begin next week, while the Brewin Dolphin…
Dun Laoghaire to Host 2014 Optimist European Championships
#optimist – The International Optimist Dinghy Association yesterday awarded its 2014 European Championship to Dun Laoghaire. The championship was this year attended by 264 sailors from 45 countries. The choice was made at the Optimist Worlds in the Dominican Republic…
Irish Optimist Sailing Team Racing in Dominican Republic
#optimist –After four races sailed and no discard applied Sophie Browne of Tralee lies top Irish boat in 63rd at the 230 boat Optimist World Championships this week in the Dominican Republic. Hope of Irish success at the Championships is…
Browne Wins Optimist Leinsters
#opti – The Optimist Leinster championships ran in Skerries last weekend. Day 1 saw sailors launch in rain with high winds meaning that the Regatta Fleet were shorebound on the Saturday, although 3 races were sailed in the Main Fleet.…
Durcan Wins Optimist Dinghy Ulster Championships
#OPTIMIST – Optimist sailors competed in the 2012 Ulster Championships at the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club this weekend. Saturday was windy and the Senior fleet raced two races, with the Junior fleet only completing one race; Sunday the…
Irish Optimist World and Euro Teams Named
#OPTIMIST – The 2012 Optimist trials came to a nail-biting conclusion in Dunmore East, County Waterford yesterday with all to play for in the last race. The Worlds, Europeans and International development squad have been named below. While all team…
Optimists Competing for World Championship Places off Waterford
#OPTIMIST – 56 Optimist sailors, with boats and parents, are arriving tonight in Dunmore East, County Waterford to compete in the second leg of the 2012 Optimist trials at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club. Royal Cork Yacht Club Optimist sailors go…
Braassemermeer Regatta Tests Your Commitment to Sailing
#OPPY – So what happens when our Junior Sailors compete internationally? Scott Levie, a 14-year old Optimist sailor (pictured above) recounts the experience of the Irish sailors who competed in the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in Braassemermeer, Holland last month.…
Royal Cork Optimists Head for Waterford in Strong Position
#OPTIMIST – Royal Cork Yacht Club Optimist sailors go into the second leg of the 2012 trials in Dunmore East in County Waterford in a very strong position next weekend. Four of the top five sailors are Royal Cork sailors…
Irish Dinghy Sailor Wins Optimist Consul Cup
Racing for a huge trophy sponsored by the Estonian Consulate in Denmark Ireland's Sophie Browne has won the Consul cup after an intense period of practice at an  international Sailfast training clinic. The 2012 Consul Cup was dominated by girls…
Optimistic sailors for the future
On a beautiful unrivalled sunny Sunday, Monkstown Bay Sailing Club, Cork, held its first Open Day of the season for aspiring Oppie Sailors.  The Village could have been St. Tropez,  full of colour, with people everywhere  and conditions on the…
How to Start Your Child Sailing – An Introduction to the World of the Optimist Dinghy
#OPTIMIST – What is an Optimist dinghy? The Optimist is, quite simply, the dinghy in which the young people of the world learn to sail writes Joan O'Sullivan of the Irish Optimist class Specifications - 2.31m (7'6.1/2") long, 1.13m (3'8")…
Children Warm to Baltimore's Optimist Spring Sailing Camp
#OPTIMIST – 140 Optimist sailors, aged 7 to 15 years, from all over the country, descended on the village of Baltimore last week for the opening 'Oppi' event of the year, the Spring Training week writes Joan O'Sullivan. The week-long…
Plucky Performance Gives Sophie 13th Overall
#optiworldsnz – Tralee's Sophie Browne got no chance to improve on her 13th overall when the last race of the Optimist World Championships in New Zealand was abandoned yesterday due to lack of wind. The only Irish competitor in the…

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