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Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail175648_9773_stdAfter 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. By the time you all get this we will be tucked up in front of a roaring fire! Our Junior Racing Team has been on the go since September. We had a fantastic Dun Laoghaire Harbour Co. September Series with over 130 boats entered. Our National sailors did us proud with Eimear McIvor winning the DBSC Laser 4.7 Trophy and Ben Shanahan taking the cup in the Laser Radial. Overall in the Optimist, Connor Kneafsey was 5th, Daniel Raymond 8th and Oskar Cahill 14th. In both the Laser Radial and 4.7 fleet, National sailors took the top three places. Next was the Optimist End of Season, which was run out of the club, and again all our sailors had great success, especially Daniel Raymond, Conor Kneafsey, Conor Totterdel & Evie Byrne. The Laser and topper fleet have gone from strength to strength and we now have a fleet of 16 Toppers on the NYC Squad with Emma Cooney and Sian Kneafsey on the Irish National Squad. Congratulations must go to Susie O’Neil who won the September series having only moved into the Topper Class this year and Mary O’Gorman with a strong 4th overall in the same event. Alongside this winter’s training, we set up a Sunday racing series open to any junior sailors on the waterfront with a free entry fee. This was introduced to give sailors more clubs racing alongside their usual winter coaching. We have been a bit unfortunate with the weather, as quite a few of the weekends have had to be cancelled, but the weekend we have had, have been super. Our Transition Year Students will be heading off to Sailcoach on the island of Les Embiez near Toulon in France for 10 days of intensive Laser coaching in the Spring and in preparation, they have been training hard and also fundraising to be able to go abroad to improve their skills. We now have a well-earned break as next year sees many of our sailors who are on the Laser Leinster Squad trying to qualify for the ISAF Youth Worlds, which are in Istanbul July 2010. The qualifiers for this will be the ISA Youth Nationals, which will be held over Easter in Schull and the Mitsubishi Youth Championship, which will be held over the May Bank Holiday. These trials are also qualifiers for Laser, 420, Topper and Optimist squads, so good luck to all our sailors. In mid May, the National is sending an Optimist Team to the annual Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Team Racing event in Venice. They will be training hard over the next few months. This year, the National has become involved in trying to get a disabled sailing programme going and we started by having a very successful day on the water for the children from St Joseph’s school for the blind. We hope to run a programme in the summer on Saturday mornings and then a week long course concurrently with our own junior course for children with disabilities. Feel free to contact me through the office if you want to get involved or know someone who would like to. On November 7 we had 14 kids ranging in age from 7 to 15 who came to the National to try out sailing. John Roberts kindly brought them out in Quite Correct, Justin Burke, Claudine Murphy and Sonya Boyce were all there to help as well as staff from St Josephs School. I was a fantastic day and is the start of the National Yacht Club involvement with disability. Currently the Club 1720 is entered in the Turkey Shoot, we have Duncan Byrne who is disabled and is helming the 1720 in the Turkey Shoot under the supervision of Justin Burke. Hal Blakeley has given a berth in the marina for us to use to promote sailing for disability. We are very grateful for their support. In 2010, our Spring Training begins on Sunday, February 28 and finishes the Sunday before Easter. The summer junior training programme will again consist of 5 x 2 week courses run consecutively from June 7 through to the August 13. Most of the courses were oversubscribed this year, so please book early next year. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and good sailing in 2010. Cathy MacAleavy Junior Organiser