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Northern Ireland youth sailors selected for the Laser Youth Performance Programme
RYANI has selected a group of young sailors to join its Youth Performance Programmes. The sailors, aged from 12 to 17, will be supported along their sailing journey, in preparation for national and international competition. RYANI Performance Manager James Farrell…
The Topper fleet at the 30th RYANI Youth Championships this September
A group of young people have joined together to have their say on sailing and boating in Northern Ireland. The RYANI Youth Forum group, which is being piloted for one year, has been formed as part of an initiative to…
The Rolex Men’s Sailor of the Year 2019, 15-year-old Marco Gradoni of Italy, on his way to winning his third Optimist Worlds in a row at Antigua in July
What’s with today’s teenagers? Time was when your average teen aspired to sleep for 24 hours every day. The reason they slept for 24 hours every day was there were only 24 hours in the day. Move the dial-up to…
Fifteen-year-old Eve McMahon will race in the Irish Tokyo trials in the Radial Class
The Irish Tokyo Olympic trials for the women's Laser Radial nomination have been given added spice with the entry of fifteen-year-old Eve McMahon into next March's three trial series.  The Howth Yacht  Club teenager is the Irish youth champion in…
The Junior Icebreaker at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough
Adverse weather with strong gusts in the lead up to this week’s racing threatened to spoil the day again for this week’s Charles Hurst Jaguar Land Rover sponsored Junior Icebreaker at Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough. Saturday morning however…
ICOYC President Andy Anderson
The shortage of young sailors on racing boats is a universal problem. That is the opinion of Andy Anderson, President of the International Council of Yacht Clubs. It is one of the issues which clubs need to deal with in…
Rocco Wright racing towards a silver medal in the Bahamas last week
Ireland had reason to celebrate at the Optimist North American Championship this past week with a podium finish among two top-five places. Howth Yacht Club’s bright Oppy star Rocco Wright finished second just two points behind winner Gustavo Campos from…
Large and little……it’s not easy being the crew when your brother is twice your age and twice your size. 18-year-old (just) Chris Bateman and his 9-year-old brother Olin racing to the title at the All-Ireland Junior Championship in Schull at the weekend
Chris Bateman of Cork has been cutting a swathe through the dinghy sailing scene in Ireland at both junior and open level in a number of classes for some time now, and as he turned 18 on September 23rd, his…
Proud Commodore Steven Kirby and club coach Debbie Hannah (back row) with the victorious East Antrim BC junior and youth squad with the prestigious 'Top Club' trophy won at the recent RYA-NI Youth Championship
At the recent RYA-Northern Ireland Regional Youth Championship held in testing conditions at Strangford Lough Yacht Club, the team from East Antrim Boat Club emerged triumphantly. Not only did their 13-strong-squad take the prestigious 'Top Club' trophy back to their…
Chris and Olin Bateman are the 2019 All Ireland Champions
Chris Bateman (18) of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club and Royal Cork Yacht Club has won this year’s Junior Irish Sailing All Ireland Championships in Schull today with crew, younger brother Olin. Olin Bateman (age 9) was the youngest competitor at…
Rian Geraghty McDonnell and Nathan Van Steenberge win race 3 in Strangford Lough
The 29er Northerns was raced in Strangford Lough Yacht Club last weekend as part of the 30th RYA NI Youth Sailing Championships as Afloat reported earlier. It was the final event of the '29er triple crowns'. Nine teams competed: 3…
Toppers were the biggest fleet of the 30th edition of the RYA NI youth championships
Dubliners Rian McDonnell Geraghty and Nathan Van Steenberge from the National Yacht Club were the nine-boat 29er class winners at the 2019 RYA Northern Ireland Youth Sailing Championships at Strangford Lough Yacht Club at the weekend. Over 140 boats overcame some…
Sustainability To The Fore At This Weekend’s RYANI Youth Championships
Youth sailors from all over Northern Ireland are getting ready for RYANI’s Youth Championships weekend at Strangford Lough Yacht Club from today, Saturday 21 September, with over 160 sailors competing for the coveted Northern Ireland Schools Cup and Club Trophy.…
Bray Sailing Club instructor team at the Watersport Inclusion Games in Kinsale
Bray Sailing Club’s “Inclusion in Sport” programme for the 2019 summer season concluded last week with their final “Lakers at Sea” session. A large part of the club’s inclusion programme revolves around their partnership with local club Lakers (a sports…
(from left) Evan Dargan Hayes, Alana Coakley and Hugh-O'Connor at the Laser 4.7 Worlds in Canada
Three sailors from Ireland Alanna Coakley (Royal St. George Yacht Club), Hugh O’Connor (National Yacht Club) and Evan Dargan Hayes (Greystones Sailing Club) competed in the Laser 4.7 World Youth Championships in Kingston Canada from 18th - 24th August. The…
James Dwyer Matthews
When young James Dwyer Matthews of Royal Cork and Kinsale returned in early August from England with the 2019 British Optimist title added to his already impressive trophy list, it was in the knowledge that the up-coming Irish Nationals at…

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