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Junior Sailing


NYC Winter Optimist training 2018

NYC Optimist Intermediate Programme 
NYC junior section will be running winter sailing lessons to develop intermediate group of optimist sailors from September 2018 to April 2019. The aim is to support committed sailors throughout the winter months to improve and develop racing skills. Places will be limited to six sailors per group and lessons will take place during half of the day at NYC on both Saturday and Sunday.  First weekend session will start 1st and 2nd of September.  Weekend session (2 half days) will roughly cost €35 per sailor.For further details on dates times availability and registration please contact and

NYC Optimist Performance Programme
NYC junior section will be running performance winter sailing sessions aimed uniquely to perfect racing skills for a select group of top optimist sailors from September 2018 to April 2019. The goal is to uniquely focus on experienced event racing skills throughout the winter months. Places will be limited to six highly ranked Irish sailors.  Lessons will take place at NYC on both Saturday and Sunday and require commitment of full day on the water on both days. If there is a dilemma regarding the eligibility of a sailor to take part in this group, the final decision will be made by the professional coach. First weekend session will start 1st and 2nd of September.  For further details on dates, times, availability and registration please contact

Hugh O’Connor wins second place at Topper Worlds in China

Hugh O’Connor wins 2nd Place at the Topper World Championships in Shenzhen China
The Topper Worlds had the largest entry ever this year in Shenzhen China. Conditions were light and wet with lots of humidity.  Despite the difficult sailing conditions Hugh O’Connor came second overall.and first for his country.  Now the holiday can begin as the group continue their tour of China. 

Update on the 420 Worlds 2018

420 Worlds 2018 – Newport, Rhode Island
Nicola and Fiona Ferguson from the National Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, competed in the 420 World Championships in Newport, Rhode Island, from 10th-15th August. 167 boats from 18 countries competed in this event. Sailors travelled from all parts of the USA, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the US Virgin Islands. 

NYC sailors have great performance at British Nationals

The British Optimist nationals were held in Pwllheli this year.  We had 43 Irish sailors at the event and overall the Irish performed very well.

The national Yacht club was represented by 10 sailors, 5 of which are on the Iodai u12 team.  Lucia Cullen (u12 team), Edward (u12 team), Ella and Jonathon Dempsey, Conor Staunton(u12team), Des, Hugh & Luke Turvey, Clementine Van Steenberg (u12 team) and Rocco Wright,(U12 team).

The weather was great but sailing conditions were light and shifty.

Topper World Championships China 2018

Winthrop Engineering Ltd wishes the Dublin Topper Team going to China for the World Topper Championship the Best of Luck.

This August the National Yacht Club will be represented by a strong team at the world Topper Championship in China. The Meisha Campus at Longcheer Yacht Club in Shenzhen will be hosting the championship. This year sees a record number over 250 entering the event which will be no bother for our sailors who have trained long and hard over the winter and competed over the summer at all the national events. Our team consists of Hugh O’Connor who ranks number one at the moment along with Natasha Hemeryck who ranks number 3, Eoghan Turner Deirdre Turner and Caoimhe Seymour. Caoimhe Seymour won the recent traveller in the 4.2 sail in Carrickfergus.  


2018 Optimist British National and Open Championship

We have 10 junior sailors from NYC competing in this event, see if you can spot them in these great short video updates.

Day 1
The start of the qualifiers for the huge international Optimist fleet in Pwllheli, Wales. It turned out to be a long day on the water, six hours, with just a start, beat and downwind leg before abandonment. Hardy sailors these Oppies!

Day 2
Day Two of the UK Optimist Nationals 2018 hosted by Plas Heli in North Wales. “Choppy and light winds” – classic for the region if it’s not blowing old boots! Three races completed and many smiles or frowns with plenty of stories to tell the coaches and support crews (parents).

Day 3

Meet the Regatta Fleet – the very young guns competing at the 2018 Optimist British Nationals. On water coaching, having fun with their friends makes for a great introduction to big fleet racing.