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Junior Sailing


NYC Optimist Programme – 2018 – 2019

We are delighted to offer Main Fleet sailors instruction catered to their needs.  Areas of focus will include:

  •  Introduction to main fleet regattas
  •  Confidence building
  •  Improving boat handling skills
  •  Developing tactics       
  •  Perfecting racing skills 
  •  Focusing on physical, technical, tactical and mental training
  •  Preparing for regattas and qualifiers

For further details please contact

NYC Optimist Program

NYC Rian Geraghty McDonnell Achieves 16th place in Gold Fleet in The World Optimist Championships

Rian Geraghty McDonnell of the NYC Dunlaoighre, Dublin along with 4 other talented sailors (James Dwyer Matthews, Justin Lucas, Harry Twoomey and Michael Crosbie all from Cork represented Ireland at the World Optimist Championships in Cyprus.  Rian came away in 16th place in Gold Fleet and top Irish Sailor at the event.  

This weekend Rian will move into his next challenge “ the 29er “ and he hopes to continue to learn and improve on his Sailing skills in this class.  

He has had a wonderful 9 years of Sailing and competing internationally in his opti and he is very grateful to the class and all his coaches throughout this wonderful journey.  


Optimist Events Optimist Worlds

Optimist Worlds

We wish the best of luck  NYC sailor Rian Geraghty Mc Donnell who is a member of the Irish Optimist Worlds team competing in the Optimist Worlds which start today in Famagusta Nautical Club in Cyprus until the 6 th of September.

Best of luck to all the team.

Go team Ireland!


NYC’s Charlie Cullen wins the Laser 4.7 National Championships

Warmest congratulations to NYC junior Charlie Cullen who has won the Laser 4.7 National Championships last week-end at the Lough Derg Yacht Club. Pictured left is Charlie, RO for the event Con Murphy with LDYC commodore John Leech. 

Final results can be viewed here:

Dun Laoghaire Junior September Series 2018

The very popular Combined Dun Laoghaire Junior September Series will be starting on Sunday 26th August and racing will be held until 23rd September, skipping 9th September (Laser Masters Worlds)

Online registration now open. Read the full post for NOR / SIs / Online Entry Form.

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