Junior Section Summer ’09 – Review

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailfleet_0619_stdThis summer has been a very busy one for our junior section sailors and also for our competition sailors. The NYC Optimist Squad has gone from strength to strength. We have had Tadgh and Sean Donnelly flying the National flag at both home and Internationally. Two of our Topper Squad, Emma Cooney and Sian Kneafskey were selected onto the Irish National Squad. They have competed successfully at the World Championships in Austria and the British Nationals in Pwethlli. The big news this summer was that the National Yacht Club now has a Club Coach in Russell McGovern, Russell campaigned a 49er at the last Olympics. Russell has been a fantastic addition to the NYC team, he has set up Laser, Topper and Optimist Squads, organising elite training for them which has been run in parallel to the existing youth sailing programme. Katie Malcolm our Senior Instructor has run 10 weeks or 2 x 5 week courses this summer with over 200 sailors taking part. Our shore mum and artist in charge Ciara Winklemann added a whole new dimension to the summer programme, with organised art lessons which allowed for theory of sailing to be taught in a far more interesting and fun way of learning.. We hope to continue these art classes through the winter. Olivier has to be thanked for organising the cruise in company to Brittany, taking eight of our young cadets. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to experience offshore sailing. All of our sailors have been in the prizes this summer at Club Junior Regattas, provincial and national competitions. So well done to everyone. Events for your diary:
  • Dun Laoghaire Harbour Co. September Junior Series running for the four Sundays in September
  • The Topper Traveller Series in the NYC on September 5
  • Optimist Gorman Trophy the first Weekend in October.
Russell will be organising our Winter Training Programme you will be informed of a parent’s information night, which will take place sometime in September. The Junior Dinner is on Friday, October 9. Cathy MacAleavy Junior Organiser