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Sails up at Loch Tummel Sailing Club in central Scotland for RYA Scotland’s Late Summer Championships 2022
Loch Tummel Sailing Club hosted the RYA Scotland Late Summer Championships aimed at youth and junior pathway classes over the weekend of 24-25 of September. There was close competition in the Optimist, Topper, ILCA, 420, Feva, Techno and iQFOiL classes,…
Optimist dinghies racing at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Cork Harbour
The Optimist dinghy Cobbler League will take place across the first Sundays in October; 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven in Cork Harbour. Racing will take place for Junior and Senior fleets with separate…
Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire - founded in 1838, but right up to
the minute in modern Ireland and junior sailing
The Royal St George YC in Dun Laoghaire may have been founded way back in 1838, and it makes its headquarters in one of the stately classic buildings which set the traditional style on the harbour waterfront. But 184 years…
Spiorad na Gaillimhe (Spirit of Galway) was built and decorated by students from Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh, in Co Galway
A mini-boat named Spiorad na Gaillimhe has been deployed from the icebreaker R/V Polarstern on passage between Germany and South Africa this week. Spiorad na Gaillimhe (Spirit of Galway) was built and decorated by students from Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh, in…
“Like peas in a pod” – the TR3.6 fleet race-ready in Schull
When Rocco Wright of Howth – then 15 – pulled the All-Ireland Junior Title out of the hat in the final race at Schull, West Cork a year ago, his Houdini skills were widely noted, emphasised by the fact that…
The ICRA U25 crew of Kinsailor took third overall at the J24 European Championships in Howth
The ICRA U25 Support Programme is now in its fourth year and currently supporting eleven U25 squads in clubs all over the country. "The programme is showing just what is possible when the energy and enthusiasm of youth are given…
GP14 dinghies roll tack during a youth training event at Blessington Sailing Club
Following on from successful training weekend events this season, the Irish GP 14 class has announced a free youth training weekend at Mullingar Sailing Club over the weekend of 24th and 25th September 2022. The GP14 class held two training…
The Youth Advisory Team residential meeting took place on the DCU St Patrick's campus.  It was the first in-person meeting of the team who were working together with the researchers for DCU and UCC to plan the Children & Young People's Assembly on Biodiversity Loss, which will take place over two weekends in October
Young people with an interest in biodiversity loss in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments have been invited to apply to join Ireland’s first national children and young people’s assembly dedicated to the issue. The new Children and Young People’s Assembly…
Optimist dinghies at Howth - there were 85 in the main fleet and 60 in the regatta fleet for the 'Ulsters' event
Howth Yacht Club delivered 145 Optimist dinghies for IODAI's Ulster Championships, over the Maritime Festival weekend and with the support of Fingal County Council. The IODAI Optimist regional had its biggest Irish fleet last weekend with 85 main fleet and…
Some Irish coastal towns almost ignore it. Others simply face it. But Kinsale embraces the sea
Where other Irish harbours face the sea, Kinsale embraces it. And this generous geographical reality helps to provide a genuine sense of community interaction when any initiative at the hospitable south Cork port is put together to help get young…
Kinsale Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club says it is examining an initiative with Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre (KOEC) and Kinsale Community School to develop a team racing programme for teenagers. It’s envisaged that up to six boats will be made available by KOEC who will provide training and safety boat…
Carlingford Lough junior regatta winners
On the last Saturday in August, it was the turn of the Juniors of Carlingford Lough Yacht Club to race in their own regatta, along with visitors from across the Lough at Carlingford Sailing Club. Carlingford Lough YC is situated…
Tight racing on the Forth among the 707s at the RYA Scotland/British Keelboat League Youth Weekend on 3-4 September
The RYA Scotland/British Keelboat League Youth Weekend at Port Edgar Yacht Club took place over the weekend of 3-4 September with 54 youth sailors out experiencing 707 keelboat racing on the Forth. “The consensus from everyone involved was that it…
Lucia Cullen (Royal St George YC) and Alana Twomey (Royal Cork YC) won Gold and took the U17 29er Female World Title in Spain
Lucia Cullen of Dun Laoghaire and Alana Twomey of Cork - both 16 - have combined to form one of Ireland's most successful 29er teams to such good effect that during August at El Bais in Spain, they became the…
The new hotshots. The final one-race day of the J/24 Euros at Howth was so damp and grey that we all need a sunny image of the new Euro J24 Youth Champions and Open Division Bronze winner to cheer us up, and this is Kinsailor in a bright mood at her home port
The old salt who looked out at the weather this morning (Saturday) in Howth and remarked that in the west of Ireland this would be called “a high stool day” was echoing the feelings of most participants. But the J24…
The tops. Fiachra McDonnell with Tralee Bay SC Commodore Anthony Clifford at the conclusion of a successful ILCA/Laser Nationals 2022
The most numerous and widespread dinghy class in Ireland is the ever-young ILCA/Laser. Yet even though a large fleet turned up for their Nationals in August at Tralee Bay, the fact that several sub-divisions took part with the class’s different…

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