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Rocco Wright sailing in Palamós
It was a strong seventh-place finish overall for Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright at the International Palamós Optimist Trophy, which concluded yesterday (Sunday 17 February) on Spain’s Costa Brava. The youngster remained in medal contention among a 110-boat gold fleet…
Optimist spring training in Baltimore last year
#Optimist - Baltimore Sailing Club have started preparations for the annual invasion of Irish Optimist sailors for the week from next Sunday 17 February. The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland’s (IODAI) team of coaches are making plans for training both…
Howth’s Rocco Wright Second Heading Into Final Race Series For Torrevieja Trophy
Howth Yacht Club’s Rocco Wright continues his outstanding run of form at the Trofeo Euromarina Optimist in Torrevieja, going into the penultimate day in second place overall. The winner of the Seaward Bell Trophy in last week’s HYC Achievers Awards…
Battle of the classes winners on the podium in Tralee Bay
The new year dinghy clinic organised by the Tralee Bay Maritime Centre is now in its third year and 2019's edition was a success with 30 boats attending. 16 Optimists including national champion Justin Lucas and Dublin ace Sam Ledoux…
Sailing in the Optimist Worlds at Limassol earlier this year
#Optimist - The International Optimist Dinghy Association of Ireland (IODAI) is seeking expressions of interest from coaches interested in coaching the Irish Optimist teams at international events in 2019. The IODAI is recruiting suitable qualified and well organised sailing coaches…
Howth/NYC sailor Rocco Wright was one of the stars of this year’s Oppy Nationals in Kinsale
#Optimist - Howth Yacht Club will host the 2019 Optimist National and Open Championships between 15 and 18 August, the International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland has announced. The association added that it is still in the process of finalising dates…
Optimist spring training in Baltimore earlier this year
#Optimist - The International Optimist Dinghy Association Ireland (IODAI) is now recruiting both national and international coaches for its annual spring training week in Baltimore in February 2019. Coaches must be available from Sunday 17 to Friday 22 February for…
Rocco Wright, 2018’s best junior Optimist sailor, was also first in the junior fleet at the Munsters last weekend
#Optimist - Howth Yacht Club have congratulated youth members Luke Turvey and Rocco Wright for topping the senior and junior tables respectively in the final 2018 rankings in Ireland’s Optimist class. Turvey is in fine company in the senior fleet, ahead…
Irish boats in the thick of it at Limassol last Friday
#Optimist - The provisional results are in from the last day of racing at the 2018 Optimist Worlds, and National Yacht Club youth Rian Geraghty-McDonnell places 16th in the final tally. Close behind is fellow Team Ireland member James Dwyer-Matthews…
Racers round a mark on day 7 of the Optimist World Championships in Cyprus
#Optimist - Rian Geraghty-McDonnell is just outside the top 10 in the Gold fleet at Limassol as the 2018 Optimist Worlds draw to a close. It’s a big jump up the leaderboard for the National Yacht Club youth sailor and last…
James Dwyer-Matthews pictured in his home waters of Kinsale at the Irish Nationals last month
#Optimist - James Dwyer-Matthews was the best of the Irish after the qualifying stage of the Optimist Worlds drew to a close in Limassol on Friday (31 August). The Kinsale YC youth is 12th overall in the 260-boat fleet, thanks to strong…
Rocco Wright of Howth and the National YC has become the new Irish Under 12 Optimist National Champion, racing at Kinsale. He is seen here on his way to victory in the British Open Under 12 title, which he achieved with seven clear wins
The fantastic progress of Howth’s Under 12 Optimist star Rocco Wright continued at the Irish Nationals at Kinsale Yacht Club. But Justin Lucas of Kinsale and Tralee, having led the early stages of the series in the Senior Fleet, had…
There was some tight racing off Kinsale in the first day of racing in the Optimist Nationals yesterday. Scroll down for Junior fleet racing gallery
It was a challenging day on the water in gusty conditions on day one of the Davy Irish Optimist Nationals in Kinsale Yacht Club. Scroll down for photo gallery below.
The Optimist fleet racing off Kinsale yesterday on day one of the Davy National Championships. Scroll down for photo gallery
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Justin Lucas leads the Davy Irish Optimist Nationals in Kinsale Yacht Club after three challenging races in gusty conditions on day one. Scroll down for our photo gallery by Bob Bateman below. Fleet leader – Justin Lucas of…
At the Optimist National Championships in Kinsale were from left Peter Crowley PRO, Michelle Kennelly, Michael Walsh, Vice Commodore and Sue Horgan Rear Commodore (House)
The opening ceremony for the 2018 Davy Irish Optimist National and Open Championships took place tonight at Kinsale Yacht Club writes Bob Bateman. 178 entries are registered for the event running from August 16th-19th with sailors coming from France, Spain,…
Ireland’s best boy and girl Fiachra McDonnell and Clementine van Steenberge with coach Dara O’Shea after the French Nationals in Bordeaux
#Oppy - Fiachra McDonnell of the National Yacht Club and the IDT France team won the Optimist French Nationals after a fantastic week of sailing against some of the best sailors in Europe. Fellow NYC and IDT Team France sailor…

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