Update on the Optimist Trials 2017 Ballyholme

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailThe Optimist Dinghy Irish team trials took place in Ballyholme Northern Ireland over Easter. Sixty two pre-qualified sailors from all over Ireland took part with the ambition of achieving a place on an IODAI (International Optimist Association of Ireland) supported Irish sailing team. 12 sailors from the National Yacht club participated. They were: Conor Gorman, Luke Turvey,  Leah Rickard, Hugh Turvey, Nathan van Steenberge, Charlie Cullen, Hugh O’Connor, Sam Ledoux, Eoghan Turner, Louis-Marie Jullo, Clementine van Steenberge and  Zoe Hall. They all trained very hard over the winter in Dun Laoghaire and some travelled to the UK, Holland and Spain in preparation for this important event. 13 races in total were sailed over 4 days. Light winds prevailed for 3 out of the 4 days. On the second day there were moderate winds of 15 to 20 knots. Each sailor had their own goals to achieve and some surpassed their expectations. Many sailors had strong performances during the event, some sailors getting multiple top 5 finishes or bullets in individual races. Results were as follows:
  • Conor Gorman – 2nd overall and had 4 top 5 finishes in the event
  • Luke Turvey – 5th overall and had 5 top 5 finishes in the event
  • Leah Rickard – 12th overall and had a bullet and two 2nd’s on the second day of racing
  • Hugh Turvey – 13th overall and had a bullet on the second day of racing
  • Nathan van Steenberge – 18th overall
  • Charlie Cullen – 20th overall and had a third on the 2nd day of racing
  • Hugh O’Connor – 24th overall
  • Sam Ledoux – 32nd overall
  • Eoghan Turner – 39th overall
  • Louis-Marie Jullo – 41st overall
  • Clementine van Steenberge – 44th overall
  • Zoe Hall – 48th overall
Two National Yacht Club sailors finished top 10 overall. Conor Gorman came 2nd overall and Luke Turvey came 5th overall. All sailed extremely well and represented their club with pride. The top 5 sailors overall were presented with ISA medals at the events prize giving. Conor Gorman and Luke Turvey are pictured below with their medals. An amazing achievement. They will both be representing Ireland at The IODA Optimist Europeans this summer, which will take place in Bulgaria. Representing Ireland at the IODA Optimist World Championships taking place in Thailand later this summer will be Leah Rickard (who was born in Thailand!) and Charlie Cullen. A number of other NYC sailors also qualified for IODAI development teams. Nathan van Steenberge, will be representing Ireland on the IDT French Nationals team, and Hugh O’Connor and Zoe Hall on the IDT Polish Team. Luke Turvey, Clementine van Steenberge, Sam Ledoux and Ella Dempsey have qualified for the Under 12’s Team, which is competing in the UK Nationals this summer in Weymouth. Well done to all NYC sailors on their achievements and we wish them well in the International Events. Ballyholme Yacht club looked after all the sailors and families extremely well. They catered for our every need, from rasher baps in the morning to full dinner menu in the evenings. Everyone enjoyed the speaker evenings hosted by the ISA, the last speaker being or own Annalise Murphy who spoke to a full house about her experiences at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Many thanks to our coaches Cian Mollen and Conor Totterdale who looked after all the sailors needs on and off the water. Thanks also to Rebecca Hall and Dave Turner who towed Ribs, to Brendan O’Connor in particular for all his help with the ribs ensuring they were fuelled up and in launching and retrieval and to those parents who also helped launch and retrieve them. Thank you to Paul Michel Ledoux for his superb action photos of the Event. It is all over for another year. The IODAI regional events will take place over the summer the first regional being in May. Some sailors will leave Optimists and move on to other fleets, some will stay and many will start to sail this great little boat, all hoping to compete at next years Optimist Trials. More details, including full results, can be found here:  


  For many more pictures of the event, CLICK HERE