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Leading Irish youth sailors head south to New Zealand in search of medals

Ireland’s leading youth Laser Radial sailors Nicole Hemeryck and Johnny Durcan, both NYC members, yesterday upped anchor to fly south to compete in the the ISAF Youth Worlds Sailing Championship in Auckland, New Zealand from 14 – 20 December 2016. This extremely competitive event features the best of the world’s youth talent and is open to sailors aged 19, this is where the stars of the future are born.

The highly contested honour to represent Ireland was earned following their success at the Laser Radial Youth World Championship in Dublin in July, where they finished seventh in their respective fleets, and when they both won the Laser Radial National Championship at GBSC. Nicole and Johnny, who is also an RCYC member, have considerable experience competing in Wold and European Championships and for both a place on the podium is the aim.

We wish them their dream. Follow them on

NYC Member Rory Fitzpatrick leads Bermuda Moth Fest after day 1

NYC Member Rory Fitzpatrick holds the early lead at the 2nd annual MS Amlin International Moth Regatta, hosted by the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.

Rory finished 1st and 2nd in yesterday’s two races and leads second-placed Rob Greenhalgh of Great Britain by 1 point. Italy’s Stefano Rizzi is third with 9 points after placing 4th and 5th.

To read more and catch glimpses of Rory (white hull moth) and Annalise (pink trampolines) in action during a much windier practice day, please read the full post.

Annalise brings home her medal winning Laser

After a whirlwind 24-hour round trip by ferry and road to Britain this week,  Annalise has returned to Ireland with the boat she sailed to a silver medal at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

The idea of taking ownership of the historic Laser Radial dinghy was first mooted in Afloat by WM Nixon back in August (an excellent article to reminisce on her great achievement)

… but maybe she has her own ideas?!? Lets keep an eye for an ad. I drafted one below:

“For Sale – nearly new Laser. One Lady owner only. Very little use on the water (never in more than 25 knts winds) but with extensive road and air travel history. Class compliant but lacks sail numbers. Contact you know who…” 🙂

F15 Class annual dinner sets new standard in entertainment!

Five Flying Fifteen couples danced the salsa, jive and cha cha cha for the Flying Fifteen Glitter Ball Trophy (yes, literally, that is all that was on offer for their troubles!)  last Friday night at the  Club.

Four judges voted Dun Laoghaire sailors Niall Meagher and Bernie Mulvin the winners but only after a dance– off.

The evening was a fantastic success…read the full post for more and a glimpse at the winning performance.

3 months of this – a taste of the Vendee Globe

It looks lonely, scary and uncomfortable…3 months of this for the Vendee Globe competitors. Respect ./.

Watch it here

Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta – 6th to 9th July 2017

Notice of Race and Online Entry are now available for the 7th edition of the Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta which will celebrate 200 years of Dun Laoghaire harbour 1817 – 2017.

All Entries received and paid for in full by 31st December 2016 will automatically be entered into a ‘Super Early Bird Prize Draw’ and 10% of these lucky people will have their entry fee refunded!

For more information, visit