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Thomas Chaix

Thomas Chaix

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Thomas Chaix is Head Coach at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. He currently sails the 49er dinghy (for fun) but raced the Laser for 25 years and has been a member of French and Irish teams


National Yacht Club Optimist sailor Grace Keating battles the strong December winds at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
The forecast was encouraging after a few weekends of tough conditions with cancelled and postponed training sessions for the various National Yacht Club squads at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay. Saturday was certainly delivered with cool yet lovely 8-12…
National Yacht Club Commodore Conor O'Regan presents the Rickard Cup for Bravery to NYC instructors Hal Fitzgerald and John Duffy, and there was special recognition also to Jack Hall and Nicola Ferguson
The annual NYC Junior Awards Ceremony occurred at the National Yacht Club on Saturday, 26th November. The awards night is when NYC juniors traditionally take over the club. This is when the achievements of our juniors in summer courses and…
Optimist winter dinghy training inside Dun Laoghaire harbour
A windy winter weekend at Dun Laoghaire Harbour led to the cancellation of some sailing events, including the third round of the DMYC's dinghy Frostbites Series. If some of the National Yacht Club training activities were cancelled or postponed due…
Toppers (pictured above) Optimists and ILCAs were on the National Yacht Club deck with their respective coaches polishing their big-breeze skills in short and effective sessions
Back to the "normality" of Winter training and frostbite racing on the National Yacht Club platform, although the lively weather kept all sailors on their toes for some exciting sailing in and out of the harbour walls. Club training Toppers,…
 IODAI national Training week at Lough Derg Yacht Club
135 young sailors aged 7 to 15 gathered in Lough Derg YC, Dromineer, for the Annual IODAI Optimist national Training week, three days of coaching and fun followed by the final event of the year, the Hallowe'en cup incorporating the…
The final 29er skiff dinghy Eurocup of the year saw the National Yacht Club van Steenberge siblings, Clementine and Nathan, finish second overall and top mixed team on Lake Garda
The final 29er skiff dinghy Eurocup of the year always attracts the cream of the fleet. Once more, with 153 entries from 20 countries, the event proved to be very competitive and can easily be considered the 'Autumn Europeans'. Three…
National Yacht Club member Nathan Van Steenberge competing at the 49er U23 Europeans in Hungary
The National Yacht Club was the theatre of the ballet of 'flying boats' with the annual lift-out last Saturday. The very windy forecast did not fully materialise, allowing the operation to run smoothly as Afloat reported here. If sailing activities…
Blasting along at the NYC/RCYC Golden Cup Optimist event in Crosshaven
The National Yacht Club is getting geared up for the annual winter lift-out of cruisers at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Dinghies are clearing the platform to allow the precise jigsaw business of winter storing of club members' bigger units. It landed…
There has been a recent resurgence of the RS Feva class at the National Yacht Club on Dublin Bay
It was another great Autumn weekend for National Yacht Club sailors at Dun Laoghaire Harbour and further afield. Travelling Fireball aces Noel Butler and Stephen Oram added another line to their already long list of wins in Killaloe, winning the…
Paris 2024 Olympic campaigner Finn Lynch was on home waters winning all the ILCA 7 races for the National Yacht Club in September's Royal St. George end of season Laser regatta on Dublin Bay
Head Coach Thomas Chaix updates on a happening weekend for National Yacht Club sailors both at home and abroad At home, the final two races of the junior September series were completed. Close to 50 NYC juniors had entered the series…
Johnny Flynn and James Dwyer-Mathews racing upwind
The waters of Rungsted, Denmark were the theatre of last week’s 29er European Championships where four Irish partnerships competed in the 165-boat fleet, writes Thomas Chaix. A full series of 17 races was delivered by the Royal Danish Yacht Club…
Tralee Bay Sailing Club is staging the first-ever Open
Tralee Bay Sailing Club in County Kerry is gearing up for a weekend of sailing on the west coast over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The weekend will start with the club's yearly "Spring Regatta". Four races are scheduled on…
29er skiff youth sailing on Lough Ree at the inaugural Skiff Weekend
Lough Ree was the perfect arena for the first "skiffs weekend". 13 hardy sailors launched and sailed in 29ers, 49ers, Int14 and RS700. The concept was to try out fast boats and enjoy the thrills of high-speed sailing.  29er: The…
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…
Team Ireland: (from left to right) - Justin Lucas, Fiachra McDonnell-Geraghty, Archie Daly, Johnny Flynn, Jessica Riordan, Alanna Twomey, Clementine Van Steenberge
Seven young sailors were selected at the Optimist trials last April to represent Ireland at the Optimist Europeans in Crozon, Brittany writes Coach Thomas Chaix. The 2019 regatta had about 300 entries from 50 countries making it virtually a 'B Worlds'.…
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and crew Nathan Van Steenberge were top U17 team in the 29er
The RYA were issuing invitations to visiting sailors for the 2019 event in Weymouth so it gave the opportunity for a few Irish boats to compete at the premier British Youth Sailing event of the year writes Thomas Chaix The…

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