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Harry Dunne of Howth is “Youth Sailor of the Month” for August

1st September 2023
Harry Dunne of Howth is the Irish Optimist 2023 champion
Harry Dunne of Howth is the Irish Optimist 2023 champion Credit: Sailwave

In progressing through each phase of a sailing career, the received wisdom is that you should tick off each staging post while you’re ahead.

Harry Dunne of Howth was registered with a Departure Lounge “Optimist Age” of 15 going into the 115-boat Nationals at Ballyholme, and thus it was irrevocably his farewell tour, his last chance to exit an already successful Optimist racing stage of life with a real flourish.

And despite – or maybe because of – some very challenging sailing conditions, he did it with style, winning the seniors by a clear margin of nine points and eventually heading for home with every trophy for which he had been competing. Team

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