Optimist Nationals 2016

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailOptimist Nationals 2016   The Optimist National Championships took part this year in Lough Derg Yacht Club Dromineer Co Tipperary. The event was over 5 days (15th to the 19th August) with a lay day on the Wednesday. This was a big event with 207 entries including both Irish and International. There were 19 NYC Juniors representing the Club at the Nationals. Mediterranean conditions greeted both Sailors and Parents at the beginning of the week. Day 1 and 2 Monday and Tuesday The Event was sailed in a mixture of light and strong winds with very shifty wind conditions. The Yacht club was packed on the Tuesday evening (day 2) to watch the medal race and it was brilliant to see all the young sailors glued to the screen cheering on Annalise and so special in particular for the children from the NYC who would see a great sailor who they know and have seen training in their own club winning an Olympic medal, There was an amazing atmosphere amongst all parents and sailors following that race, the NYC parents had already planned to get together that evening in the club for a barbecue so a great night was had by all . Day 3 Wednesday was the Lay day saw many families taking a trip to Gary Kennedy on a barge to have” pig on a spit”. This was organised by Ena and Fergal Fahey and was a great afternoon even though it got a bit damp. Many thanks to them for the organisation and to Larkins for a great spread. Day 4 Thursday there was no sailing for the Main Fleets due to light conditions although the Regatta Fleet managed to race. The sailors took the opportunity to go to Aquasplash and it was great to see all the sailors from all the different clubs mixing and having fun. Day 5 Friday, notwithstanding the forecast for very windy conditions all fleets got to race with the Main fleets racing 3 races. In total for the Main Fleet there were 10 races with two discards. The Regatta Fleet also raced 10 races with 2 discards. Senior Fleet There were 8 sailors in Senior Main Fleet, Conor Gorman, Leah Rickard who was First girl, 4th Irish and 6th overall, Hugh Turvey Nathan Von Steenberge, Charlie Cullen was 5 Irish, 8th overall, Hugh O’Connor, Eoghan Turner who won 2nd Silver overall and 1stSilver overall on day 1 and Louis Marie Jullo who finished 4th Silver overall and 1st Silver overall on day 2. Junior Fleet There were 7 Sailors in Junior Main Fleet Luke Turvey who was 2nd Irish and 11th overall ,David Corcoran, Sam Le Doux, Clodagh Malone, Clementine Van Steenberge, Zoe Hall and Ella Dempsey.   Regatta Fleet There were 4 sailors in the Regatta Fleet Lucia Cullen who came 9th overall and won the under 10’s in her first ever Nationals, Conor Staunton, Edward Dempsey and Pierce Malone.   A great amount of experience was gained in sailing in the conditions by all the sailors, a huge amount of fun was had by the sailors together with feeling a sense of pride in the sport following the Olympic race, in a beautiful part of the Country. The welcome from all at the LDYC was enormous and the volunteers who organised the event should be congratulated, we were all kept fully fuelled with coffee and scones, lunches, barbeques, the cheese boards filled with local cheeses at the welcoming reception were a lovely touch and were devoured. A particular mention should be given to the organisation by the race officers of the event it was highly efficient and is to be commended. The Main Fleet sailors had coach support headed by David White with Cian Mollen, Katie Tingle and Adam Hyland .The Main fleet group joined with the RstGYC sailors which allowed for great training up to the event in particular in the areas of starts there was also a training day on the Sunday prior to the event starting. Many thanks to our coaches for all their support throughout the Event. Thank you also to Claudine Murphy who took the time out to send an email of support from Rio to all the NYC Sailors who she had coached throughout the season. It set our sailors up for the first day of the Nationals. Thanks also to Cian and Adam for all their help with the packing up of the ribs. A special thankyou to Aidan Staunton for helping us out with our rib. The last event is the Munsters and is on the weekend of the 10/11 September in RCYC.   Rebecca Hall and Clodagh O’ Connor