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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…
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.…

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