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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…
In a fine turnout of 126–boats, there was 55 Optimists in the main fleet, 50 in the junior fleet and 21 in the Regatta fleet for the Malahide–based Ulster Championships
With five top three results out of six races sailed, Howth Yacht Club & RStGYC youth Johnny Flynn was the clear winner of the Ulster Optimist Championships sailed at Malahide Yacht Club over the weekend by a large margin of 21–points. Dublin sailors…
A 140–boat fleet is expected for the Optimist dinghy event at the Broadmeadow
Optimist Youth pathway champion Justin Lucas, who became Afloat.ie Sailor of the Month for his performance on Dublin Bay in April, will be in action at the Ulster Championships at Malahide Yacht Club next weekend. The fourteen–year–old Tralee Bay and…
Optimist sailor Justin Lucas pictured last year
#Optimist - Justin Lucas of the Royal Cork and Tralee Bay placed second at the Magic Marine Easter Regatta in the Netherlands yesterday (Monday 2 April). A long weekend of sailing on the Braassemermeer northeast of Leiden saw Lucas finish…
Team Ireland celebrating with IODAI President Tim Lucas
The Irish tricolour featured very high on the results board at last weekend's IOCA Volvo Gill, Optimist British Spring Championships at Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Ireland's winning weekend of sailing saw nine sailors in the top 20. The Irish Team…
Optimist spring training in Baltimore recently
#Optimist - Wednesday 21 March is the closing date for registrations for the 2018 Irish Optimist trials. The Royal St George and National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire will be the host venues for this year’s trials taking place from…
Luke Turvey (left) in action in Torrevieja last weekend
#Optimist - Howth YC/National YC sailor Luke Turvey secured third place in the Under 13s fleet in Spain’s Torrevieja Trophy last weekend (26-28 January). Turvey, who travelled as part of Irish Sailing’s 16-strong Optimist squad, topped the Irish contingent by…
New Zealand boat builder Matthew Mason has developed a clip-on bow and a new rig for the Optimist dinghy which can be handled by two lighter kids or one heavier kid
A development of the single-handed Optimist dinghy has appeared in New Zealand that converts the boat into a two-handed, planing junior dinghy with a bow! When his young son asked why Optimists didn’t have a pointy bow like other boats, Matthew…
Irish Sailors and their impressive haul from the Hague Optimist Cup 2017 in Scheveningen in the Netherlands. Sailors from left to right Sam Ledoux, Johnny Flynn, Nathan van Steeberge, Leah Rickard, Clementine van Steenberge, and Rocco Wright
Last weekend, six Irish Optimist Sailors participated in the The Hague Optimist Cup 2017 in Scheveningen in the Netherlands. The event was the test event for the 2018 European Optimist Championships, Team Ireland, composed of Leah Rickard, Nathan van Steeberge,…
139 sailors registered for the Optimist Leinsters at the NYC
It was a clean sweep for Royal Cork Yacht Club junior sailors at the Optimist Leinster Dinghy Championships at the National Yacht Club last weekend.  Justin Lucas won the Merrion Private sponsored event where 139–sailors registered including 29 from the host club. Lucas's…
Optimist dinghies at Dun Laoghaire
Recently crowned Irish Optimist champion Rian Geraghty-McDonnell (14) of the National Yacht Club leads a blustery Leinster Championships hosted by his own club on Dublin Bay. Four points behind, Royal Cork's Harry Twomey is second on seven, with Geraghty–McDonnell's club mate Nathan…

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