Junior Sailing Update – May 2009

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailAfter a short break for Christmas, spring coaching got under way again. Ollie Green, the top RYA intermediate Coach came from the UK to coach the NYC Optimist Squad. Ben Lynch coached our Topper sailors and Annalise Murphy took our Lasers. Normally only the very hardy partake of the spring coaching but this year we had a record 35 boats taking part. IODAI had its second coaching session on our third weekend. It was decided to run a Grand Slam competition in the afternoons. Congratulations go to Tadgh and Sean Donnelly who finished second and sixth respectively and to Aisling McIvor who finished fifteenth. Tadgh and Sean Donnelly represented Ireland in Braassemeer Easter Regatta in the Netherlands, Sean had a fantastic event making it into the Gold Fleet and finishing on 90 and Tadgh on 110 out of an entry of 212 boats, a great achievement for these sailors. They then headed straight for the Irish Optimist Trials in RCYC Crosshaven, along with Ailsling McIvor, where they finished 15, 18 and 51 respectively. The next big event on the calendar is the Mitsubishi Youth Regatta on May 8 and 9. Hopefully we will see a great turn out of NYC sailors. Summer courses start on Monday, June 8. There will be five, two-week courses running until the end of August. Booking forms are in the Club and on our web site. The NYC Junior Regatta is on Wednesday, July 1. A fine performance for NYC A fine performance for NYC juniors at the ISA Youth Nationals in Schull A large contingent of NYC juniors and their families converged on the picturesque West Cork village of Schull this Easter to compete in the ISA National Youth Championships. The sunny weather made for pleasant conditions for parents on land while the very windy conditions tested the racing skills of the sailors to the max. This year’s competition saw an extremely competitive field from North and South with the country’s top junior sailors represented in each fleet. Four days of racing were completed in mostly strong breeze of 15 to 25 knots. The NYC had representatives in all six classes. Racing on the inner course over two days were the 21 Optimists where Sarah Cooney, Tom Byrne, Susie O’Neil, Conor Kneasfsey, Aisling McIvor, and Daniel Raymond all did well. Special mention was earned by Daniel Raymond who, as the youngest competitor in the competition, showed tremendous determination in the tough conditions to finish his races. Representing the NYC in the RS Feva class was Conor Deegan who crewed for Isabella Moorhead from Cork. They finished in second place over all (also first lady helm for Isabella) and achieved first place in three of the 12 races. Our competitors in the 24 strong Topper class and its smaller version the Topper 4.2 comprised of Ben Raymond, Emma Cooney, and Sian Kneafsey. Emma and Sian were 10th and 12th respectively. Emma was also the first girl in the fleet. The 420 class had the added excitement that a qualifying place to compete as the Ireland Ladies team in the world championships was being decided. Conditions were extreme at times as the Atlantic swell provided mountainous waves on day one. This made for very fast downwind planning and more than a few spectacular wipeouts. Hazel O’Neill sailed into 6th place while crewing for Diana Kissane from Howth. This is enough to qualify them for the Lake Garda 420 World Championship event which will be held in August this year. Eimear McIvor, Louise O’Callaghan and William Shanahan competed in the Laser 4.7. In the windy conditions this fleet was at the top end of its sailing capacity and racing had to be moved to the more sheltered course halfway through the week. Eimear came out on top of the NYC participants and finished third girl in this competitive fleet. The Laser Radials had 11 races over long courses in heavy wind and waves which turned the event into something of a marathon. The fleet was very competitive as most of the top ranking Irish junior radial sailors were in attendance. The racing was characterised by long grinds upwind followed by high speed roller coaster downwind legs. Capsizes, gear failure, and death roles a plenty provided enough material for several episodes of ‘you’ve been framed’. Amy Lynch, Chris Raymond, Ben Shanahan, Will Byrne, and Finn Murphy competed for the NYC. Finn finished in an excellent fourteenth place just behind the elite top group. Will and Ben had a battle royal as the two remained neck and neck in the placing through out the week. Cathy MacAleavy Junior Organiser