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Gerry Dunne, CEO, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company  Owen P Keegan, County Manager, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown county Council

Photos: GerryDunne, CEO, Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and Owen P Keegan, County Manager, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County CouncilDún Laoghaire Harbour Company and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councilare delighted and proud to welcome everyone to Dun Laoghaire for the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship – competitors, spectators, support personnel and sailing fans. What a location for the championships – one of the oldest and most beautiful man made harbours in the world, the magnificent backdrop of Dun Laoghaire itself, the warmth of the people and facilities second to none for those who wish to test themselves sailing against their peers. Read More

International Teams

New Zealand Team

Photo: Tomer Simhony and Ellie Copeland competing in the Sl16 at the 2011 ISAF Youth Worlds

Yachting New Zealand is pleased to announce NZL Yachting Trust Youth Team for 2012 for Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Worlds. The 2012 team includes some familiar names with four members, including Tomer Simhony, Ellie Copeland, Gemma Jones and Alex Munro, already having Youth World Championships experience under their belt having competed in Zadar, Croatia in 2011. Read More.

For the Public

The ISAF Youth Worlds Organisers are thrilled to share the very exciting DLRCC Entertainment Guide which is just hot off the press.

A public festival of events and free entertainment will be happening all along the waterfront to celebrate Dun Laoghaire hosting the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Worlds

We can assure you that if you come to Dun Laoghaire during the Youth Worlds, especially over the weekend of Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July, you won’t be disappointed. On the Friday there are ‘Try Sailing’ sessions at very reasonable rates and the Four Star Pizza Festival Outlet (which will be open across the weekend) for some ‘nosh’ and plus you can savour the atmosphere of the Youth Worlds Opening Ceremony. Saturday’s programme will be packed with Jazz Performances, Street Entertainers, a performance by a street bike freestyle rider, a market, and opportunities to take a power boat trip. On Sunday as a special treat you and your children can take park in a Nautical Treasure Hunt. A Festival Ceili in the Harbour Plaza might also take your fancy or a stroll through the Festival Market on the Metals and the Co Co Market in the People’s Park. And all this is on top of the opportunity to see young sailing stars and future Olympians from 63 nations battle it out on Dublin Bay during the biggest international sailing event that Ireland has ever hosted!

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Go Match Racing

ISA Sailfleet J80's racing in Scotsmans Bay just outside Dun Laoghaire Harbour

An international Match racing challenge for sailors and coaches from the 63 nations in the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Worlds will take place within Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Tuesday 17th July, and there will be fantastic views and full commentary for spectators to enjoy the action from the shore… Read More

Meet & Greet Programme

Meet and Greet Programme

We are expecting 350 sailors representing 63 nations to join us in Dun Laoghaire this July.In addition there will be parents, families and supporters in addition to the 120 Team Leaders & Coaches. The key function of the Meet and Greet team and the Organising Committee is to make this a memorable experience for the sailors and their families. The social programme for parents of the young sailors is as follows:

Coffee mornings

Saturday 14th July @ 11am – Royal Irish YC

Sunday 15th July @ 11am – Royal St George YC

Monday 16th July @ 11am – National YC

Wednesday 18th July @ 11am – Royal Irish YC

Thursday 19th July @ 11am – Royal St George YC

Friday 20th July @ 11am – National YC

Special events

Monday 16th July – Irish Seafood Buffet, Royal Irish YC

Tuesday 17th July – Irish evening and Ceili Mór, Royal Irish YC

Thursday 19th July – Tapas evening, National YC

If you would like to help, we would love to hear from you. Knowledge of another language would be an asset but certainly not essential. For further information about volunteering please contact Paula O’Connor at


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My name is Finn Lynch and I am 16 years old. I just finished 4th year in school and also recently qualified to sail a Laser Radial for the Irish Team in the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth Worlds.

I started sailing Toppers when I was eight and then started competing when I was 12. I am really proud of my sailing achievements which include being first in the Topper Class at the ISA Youth Nationals in 2008, 2009 and 2010, 1st in the Topper British Nationals in 2010 and 2nd in the Topper Worlds in 2009. Read More

Opening & Closing Ceremonies


Produced by Sulu Management, the spectacular Opening Ceremony for the Four Star Pizza ISAF Youth World Sailing Championship will take place onstage at Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza on Friday July 13th, commencing at 19:30. The Olympic style Parade of Nations will march  from the Royal Marine Hotel to the Plaza, led by Celtic Drummers, Extreme Rhythm.  The ceremony continues with the Raising of the Flag and the ceremony of the Mixing of the Waters with each of the 63 nations bringing a bottle of water from their homeland. Read More.

The week long event will draw to a dramatic close on Friday 20th July, with an onstage ceremony at Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza commencing at 21:00. The achievements of the week will be celebrated in full Olympic style splendour with an official medal ceremony. The evening will conclude on a high note with a concert by Ireland’s premier and most authentic U2 tribute band, the Joshua Tree, and a spectacular Fireworks display. Read More.

Virtual ISAF Youth Worlds

Virtual ISAF Youth Worlds

With three weeks of racing completed and a further three  weeks to go,

Monday 11th June marked the half-way point in the inaugural “Virtual ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships 2012” run in partnership with the organisers of the real world event, Dublin Bay 2012 and with ISAF approval.

While it may be the half-way-point in terms of time, when it comes to points available, the competition has only just begun. 90% of an individuals total possible points tally are still available until end of Stage 3 (the last regatta of Stage 3 takes place this Sunday 17th June at 2130 GMT) and then 60% of points are available in the final two-week long stage, Stage 4 – which starts on  Monday 18th at 0400 GMT and continues 24/7 until the final regatta on Sunday 1st July at 2130 GMT.




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