Optimist Leinster Championships 2011

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail The calm before the storm! The NYC hosted the Optimist Leinster Championship on 28th and 29th May in challenging conditions. Day one dawned with winds gusting up to 30 knots and the news that Dublin Bay Sailing was cancelled due to the high winds. But the pressure was on to run the event as only the most experienced sailors could race in the Connaught Championship two weeks previously also due to high winds. The decision was made to race in Scotsman’s bay where the sea was calmer but the winds just as fresh. Parents and spectators had a perfect view of the exciting racing from the east pier.  The sailors learned hugely racing three fast races in these conditions. By day two there was was no let up and with the wind gusting up to 38 knots just one race was held so that a discard could be used in the final result calculations. The youngest sailors in the regatta fleet had a second disappointing regional event with no racing as even in harbour the winds were too high. However a few boats were launched and almost all managed to get in some sail training under the very watchful eyes of their coaches. After an eventful 2 days the Leinster Champion is Adam Hyland RStGYC and the Junior Leinster Champion is Ronan Cournane RCYC. The NYC sailors deserving particular mention are Ross Quirke 1st senior silver fleet, Sean Donnelly 11th senior gold fleet, Oskar Cahill 3rd junior silver fleet and Evie Byrne 12th junior gold fleet. See the full results at Experience the thrill of the sailing at Special thanks are due to the event Chairman Brian Kneafsey, PRO Con Murphy and Safety Officer Pat Donnelly for running an extremely successful event in very trying conditions.  NYC Sailors have a pre-launch briefing       Waiting for trollies after a hard days sailing.