NYC Optimist Team Racing in Venice “Trofeo Marco Rizotti”

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailNYC have been once again been invited to enter a team into the prestigious International Optimist Team Racing Regatta – Trofeo Marco Rizotti – which is held every May in Venice. The National has previously sent teams who represented both the club and Ireland in 2010 and in 2006. It is a fantastic team racing event held in sunny Venice over 4 days. Between 16 and 20 teams compete including many European and International teams from countries such as USA, Australia, Singapore, France, Poland, Spain, Croatia as well as Regional Italian teams. In the last event, 6 of the top 20 in the Worlds competed including the World Champion from Singapore (who sent 2 teams in 2011). The event  is scheduled from Thursday May 10 – Sunday May 13th2012. The accommodation is provided free for the sailors and their coach by the organisers in a fabulous large campsite in Camping di Marina Venezia Sailors, coaches and parents are accommodated in chalets in the large modern campsite which has swimming pools, restaurants etc. and is also on the beach. (In 2010, they even extended the free accommodation when the sailors return flights were delayed by the Icelandic volcano!) Sailors and their coaches are brought to and from the sailing area by minibus. They even pick up sailors, coaches and parents from the airport.  Most of the entry fee for the team is refunded by the organisers. Optimists are chartered for the event and sailors bring their sails. Venice is a short ferry trip away and the organisers put on an evening trip for everyone during the week. It is an important regatta on the IODA World Event Calender and is a great experience for our sailors. We have organized Team Racing Coaching for those sailors interested in going to Venice to represent NYC / Ireland . We have organized David White to coach who is Captain of Trinity College Team Racing  as well as an experienced Level 2 coach. If more sailors are interested than places (only 4 or 5 can go – teams are 4 with 1 reserve who may sail on some of the days), there may be a selection process.

If interested, please contact the NYC office on,  Brian Kneafsey (087-2265363, or Susan Spain (087-8166010,

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