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200–Boat CH Marine Optimist Nationals Begins at Royal Cork Yacht Club
#optimists – 200 Optimist sailors gathered at Royal Cork Yacht Club for the Opening Ceremony of the CH Marine Irish Optimist National Championships to be raced in Cork Harbour this weekend writes Claire Bateman. The ceremony was preceded by a…
Durcan Leads Irish Challenge as UK Optimists Reach Half Way Stage
#optimist – Royal Cork's Harry Durcan leads the Irish charge in 22nd place at the halfway mark of a massive 173–boat Optimist British & Open National Championships. There were strong winds with gusts up to 23 knots created challenging condition…
Optimist Crosbie Cup Success for National YC's Conor Gorman
#optimist – Conor Gorman of the National Yacht Club won the Optimist Class's Crosbie Cup (limited to Silver Fleet competitors only) hosted for IODAI by Malahide Yacht Club and sponsored by TGI Fridays. Over the six-race series on the Broadmeadows,…
McCann & Gorman Top Irish as Optimist Euros Conclude on Dublin Bay
The final race of the Optimist European Sailing Championship had to be cancelled today (19 July) for safety reasons as fog thickened on Dublin Bay. Results from yesterday are thus unchanged. In the girls' event Ebru Bolat, sailing for the…
McCann Rises to Tenth, Gorman to 24th at Optimist Europeans, Dun Laoghaire
#oppiEuros2014 – After three days of glorious sunshine for the Optimist European Championships when Dublin Bay rivalled the Costa Smeralda, yesterday's fog was succeeded by what in Ireland is called a soft day – drizzle and mist - but at…
Defending Champions Fight Back at Optimist European Sailing Championships on Dublin Bay
#OptiEuros2014 – With a forecast for the weather to deteriorate tomorrow, which hitherto has been glorious, it was decided to change the original schedule and run two races today  at the Optimist European Sailing Championships on Dublin Bay. In fact…
Four Irish Sailors Make Optimist Europeans Gold Fleet Cut
#optiEuros2014 – Royal Cork's James McCann & Dublin Girls Clare Gorman, Alix Buckley & Gemma McDowell have made the gold fleet cut after a full opening series of the Optimist dinghy Europeans was completed off Dun Laoghaire this afternoon. The big Irish success…
'Ar Nós Na Gaoithe' – Optimist Championship Competitors from 44 Countries Try Out Irish
#OppyEuros2014 – After two days of competition, 255 Optimist sailors from 44 nations are getting used to the wind and the waves of Dublin Bay but what about the local lingo? The enterprising videographers at the Royal St. George Yacht…
Irish Team Drop Back at Dublin Bay Optimist Europeans
#OppiEuros2014 –  Irish boys could not maintain their two top-20 rankings in today's second day of competition at the Optimst European Championships on Dublin Bay where there have been dramatic changes in positions at the Royal St. George hosted event.…
Ireland In the Mix As Optimist Europeans Kick Off With Big Breeze on Dublin Bay
#OptiEuros2014 – Ireland has got off to an exceptional start at the massive 254–boat Optimist European Championships on Dublin Bay this afternoon. Exceeding expectations of top half results, the top Irish under–16 sailors are placed tenth and 17th in the…
Optimist European Sailing Championship Opens in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay
#oppieeuros2014 – Young sailors from 44 countries attended the formal opening of the European open championship of the Under-16 Optimist sailing class at Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin today. The 253 youth sailors with their coaches and team leaders walked in…
Royal Cork's Durcan Wins Optimist Leinster Champs on Dublin Bay
#opti – A consistent showing by Harry Durcan who never fell out of the top three, despite very tricky conditions, at last weekend's Optimist Leinster Championships gave the Royal Cork sailor the title. Durcan will be Ireland's sole representative at…
#optimisteuros2014 – Ireland is a fortnight away from its staging of one of the largest sailing events of the season when the Optimist dinghy European Championships kick off at the Royal St. George Yacht Club on Dublin Bay from 13 to…
#opti – With only three races sailed and no discards applied there were some big casualties at the Skerries based Ulster Optimist dinghy championships today, including a lowly ninth overall for Cork's Harry Durcan, who will be Ireland's only representative…
Durcan Continues Strong Form at Optimist Connaught Champs in Galway
#optimist –  Royal Cork's Harry Durcan, the only Irish sailor heading to the World Championships in Argentina later this year, emerged the clear winner of the 39–boat senior fleet at the Optimist Class Connaught Championships at Galway Bay Sailing Club…
Optimist Sailor Harry Durcan To Take on the World in Argentina Champs
#optimist – A top Irish youth sailor has opted out of his place on the European Optimist team in favour of a place on the startline at the world championships in October. Irish champion sailor Harry Durcan (14) from Royal…

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