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Update on the Merrion Private Optimist Leinster Championships 2017

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The Merrion Private Optimist Leinster Championships 2017 took part in our own National Yacht Club last weekend. This was the last IODAI regional event and was well attended with 136 entries.

There were 30 NYC Juniors registered representing the Club at the Leinsters and the NYC was well represented at all Prizegivings.

Senior Fleet

There were 10 sailors in Senior Main Fleet, Hugh Turvey HYC/NYC, who finished 6th, Conor Gorman who finished 8th and Best local sailor, Rian McDonnell, Nathan van Steenberge, Zoe Hall, Louis- Marie Jullo, Leah Rickard, Lauren O’Callaghan who finished 1st in Senior Silver Fleet, Salome Rebillard who finished 3rd in Senior Silver Fleet and Clodagh Malone who finished 4th in Senior Silver Fleet.

1st Prize went to Justin Lucas of RCYC.

Junior Fleet

There were 11 Sailors in Junior Main Fleet Fiachra Mc Donnell who finished 1st place overall, Sam Ledoux who finished 2nd place overall, Luke Turvey HYC/NYC who finished 3rd place overall, Clementine van Steenberge who finished 7th place overall and who was 1st Girl in Junior Fleet .Rachel Flood who finished 5th Junior Silver Fleet, Ella Dempsey, Des Turvey HYC/NYC, Rosalie Rebillard, Conor Staunton, Billy Mc Carthy and Edward Dempsey.

1st Prize went to Fiachra Mc Donnell of NYC.

Regatta Fleet

There were 9 sailors in the Regatta Fleet Caoilinn Mc Donnell who won Best local sailor, Adelaide Jullo, Ronan Blake-Hickey, Lizzie Hall, James Hall, and Kate Flood who won the prize for Fair Sailing, Pierce Malone, Oscar Malone, and Hugh Mulvihill.

1ST Prize went to Brian Carroll of RIYC.

Main Fleet

The Sailors showed tremendous spirit in sailing in very challenging conditions on the Saturday with winds gusting in excess of 30 knots and full credit must be given to them. A particular mention should be given to the organisation by PRO Con Murphy whose running of the races in Main Fleet was highly efficient and is to be commended 2 races were sailed on Saturday.

On Sunday even though the wind forecast was for gusts of wind in excess of 40 knots a window presented itself and the efficient Race committee successfully ran 2 further races and thereby secured the Event.

Thanks also to Pat Donnelly and Adam Winkelman our Safety Officers whose experience and professionalism were crucial on both days and ensured the safety of all sailors in the challenging conditions.

Thanks to Jurors Gordon Davies and Jill Fleming and their Team, Richard Cullen on Safety.

Thanks also to John Roberts, Terry O’Brien and Ronan Columb for providing the Committee boats and Phil Trickett and Brian Hall for the Motherships.

Thanks to all the mark layers and to all those who provided their own ribs for the Event, special thanks to Mal Nolan and all his team to Damian Quinn, Brian Bourke, Michael Raymond, Ross Killian, Eddie Totterdell, Paul Barrington, Liam O’Riain and the DMYC.

Regatta Fleet

In the Regatta Fleet RO Paddy Judge ran 5 races 2 on the Saturday and 3 on Sunday.

Even though the races in particular on the first day( with gusts in excess of 20 knots), were run in the shelter of both piers the sailing of the Regatta Fleet sailors in such challenging conditions was highly praised by Paddy Judge. Thanks to him and his team and safety officer Declan Wildes.

Thanks also to all the Instructors and Assistant Instructors who coached in the Regatta Fleet together with the IODAI Coaches Emma Davies and Saoirse Kelly.

They were highly praised and a credit to the club.

Mary Gorman, Mark O’Connor, Heather Spain, Daniel Raymond and Evie Byrne our instructors, Ella Hemeryck, Jack Riordan, Michael Connell, Adam Rochford and Siofra Mooney the Assistant instructors.

This Event was sponsored by Merrion Private and we would like to thank our sponsors and their representative David Gorman for supporting the Event, special thanks also to Pat O’Neill and Johnny Lynch.

The success of this Event was due to the hard work and commitment of all the volunteers and staff of the NYC.

Special thanks to Olivier Prouveurr for all his help in coordinating the Event.

Tim, Louise, Cormac, Carmen, Michelle and Oonagh and all the staff who provided such an amazing welcome.
All the boathouse staff whose assistance was essential for the Event and who were so accommodating in the run up and post event.
Thanks to Con Murphy and Paddy Judge, Pat Donnelly, Adam Winkelman and Susan Spain who was Beach master.

Many thanks to Mary Crowe and a special thanks to Sandra Moore who was integral to the planning and running of the Event.

Huge thanks to Paul Michel Ledoux whose photographs were truly amazing and brought the Event to life with the tremendous action shots and also the great atmosphere in the dinghy park before and after the Event.

Thanks to Martin Mc Carthy for attending and presenting at the prize giving and to Ronan Beirne for all his help in the run up to the Event.
Thanks to IODAI President Tim Lucas and Ian Simmington who organised the Event from the IODAI end.
Thanks to NYC’S Scott Rickard and Ruth Mac Sweeney for results on behalf of IODAI. Thanks also to Mandy Kelly IODAI coordinator of the Regatta Fleet.

A special thanks also to Alex the IODAI webmaster.

Thanks to the pharmacies that were so kind in providing the La Roche- Posay sun cream.
Dunlaoghaire Pharmacy, Deirdre Leahy.
Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Blackrock,
Hilton’s pharmacy Dun Laoghaire SC.
Abbey Health Care, Pottery Rd, Dun L.
Rafferty’s Pharmacy, Stillorgan SC.
Lloyd’s Pharmacy, Main Street, Dun Laoghaire.
Rockville Pharmacy, Newtownpark Ave, Blackrock.
Thanks also to Viking Marine for providing the pop up shop.

Thank you to all the volunteers this Event would not have been possible without your support and generosity of time.
Finally a big thank you to all our sailors who were amazing over a very challenging weekend.

The next IODAI Event is Baltimore with winter training to occupy the sailors in the run up to February 2018.

Many thanks Rebecca Hall and Sarah Gorman Merrion private Optimist Leinster Championships 2017, event organisers.

View the event in pictures in this FANTASTIC gallery (courtesy Paul Michel Ledoux)