Irish U-12 squad shines at UK Optimist Nationals in Weymouth

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmailIrish U-12 squad shines at UK Optimist Nationals in Weymouth Ten Irish U-12 sailors were selected by IODAI to travel to Portland Weymouth to take part in the UK Junior National Championships 29 July – 04 August.  Over 400 international sailors across three fleets  gathered in windy weather to compete at the impressive Olympic venue. Although high winds prevented two days of sailing, races were squeezed into the remaining days and a  total of nine races were completed with one discard for both Junior Gold and Silver fleets. NYC sailors had a super event. Sam Ledoux and Clementine Vansteenberge both qualified for Junior Gold fleet with Sam coming in 9th overall and 1st Irish U-12 team and Clementine, only 11 years old, coming in 35th and 1st Irish girl. Silver fleet sailor Ella Dempsey came in 9th position overall with a well-deserved 3rd place in the final race. Other NYC sailors who travelled to Weymouth were Nathan Vansteenberge, coming 16th overall and 3rd Irish and Hugh Turvey came 18th overall and 4th Irish, both in Senior Gold fleet, as well as Edward Dempsey who sailed very well in Regatta fleet. The events was the first international competition for many of the U-12 sailors and proved to be a wonderful opportunity and rich learning experience. A big thanks to the UK organisers and a special thank you to IODAI and Thomas Chaix who coached the U-12 team before and during the event.