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Optimist Irish Team Trials Complete

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Opi Trials Final Day 2012 (1)After 16 races over 6 days in Dublin Bay and Dunmore East, in a series that challenged the sailors in all weather conditions, light winds, heavy winds and lumpy seas, Douglas Elmes of WHSC/RCYC emerged as the winner beating last year’s winner, Sophie Browne TBSC/RCYC into second place.

 

The top 19 sailors qualified for the coveted green lifejacket and to sail for the Irish Team this summer. Congratulations to the two National Yacht Club sailors included in the team; Daniel Raymond who qualified for the European Team to race in the European Championships in Italy and Heather Spain who qualified for the International Development Team to race in the French Nationals in Brittany.

 

Congratulations too to Loghlen Rickard who stepped off a plane from Florida, where he has spent the winter,  and straight onto the water to qualify for the Irish under 12s squad who will sail in the British Nationals in August.

 

Qualifying for trials is based on a sailor’s results in last years Optimist events and is a great achievement in itself.

 

Congratulations to all sailors who competed in the Trials event, particularly those who qualified for the first time.