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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…
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell, Winner of the Irish Optimist National Senior Championship
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell has won the Irish Optimist National and Open Senior Championship and Luke Turvey the Junior Optimist National and Open Championship at the IODAI championships hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club. With a full series of 10 races…
The RIYC Optimist Nationals Fleet prepare to launch on Day two
After six races sailed in blustery conditons off Dun Laoghaire, Rian Geraghty–McDonnell leads the 64-boat senior fleet from the National Yacht Club's Leah Rickard by three points. Third, after one discard, at the Royal Irish Yacht Club hosted event is Royal Cork's…
Optimist sailors from across Ireland– and the UK– have gathered at the RIYC for the National Championships on Dublin Bay
Howth Yacht Club's Hugh Turvey has taken an early lead at the Optimist National Championships on Dublin Bay. The fourteen–year–old has worked out a decent margin in light winds after only two races sailed at the Royal Irish Yacht Club.…
The Irish Optimist sailing team at Dublin Airport, early this morning, on their way to Bulgaria
The Irish Optimist Sailing team are on their way to Burgas, Bulgaria to take part in the European Championships. Two hundred and fifty sailors will participate in the week-long event with ten races expected from 30th July to 5th August. The…
The Irish Optimist team stand at attention in Thailand
After a fine display of Team Racing by the Irish Optimist Team in Thailand, Ireland had a spectacular win over France to finish ninth overall in the Team Racing World Championships 2017. Things were looking good for Team Ireland when…
62 sailing nations – including Ireland – with 280 sailors will compete in Thailand
Thailand has been selected to host the Optimist World Championship 2017, and the event has now confirmed the participation of a total of 62 sailing nations – including Ireland – with 280 sailors, a record-breaking landmark for this world stage…

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