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Junior Sailing


Patrick Hassett heads off to the World Para Sailing Championships in Cadiz, Spain

We would like to wish Patrick Hassett the very best of luck as he heads off to the World Para Sailing Championships in Cadiz this weekend. Patrick is a first year Engineering student in UCD and cadet member of the Club. He has been sailing since his early teens but within the last couple of years has been concentrating on racing in the 2.4mR class. In 2017 he travelled to Poland to train and compete in a youth European Parasailing event as part of the Irish squad.

This winter Patrick competed in the Frostbite Series in the PY class and has been training almost daily since he finished his College exams in May. He had an intense week long training last week in Dunlaoghaire with a number of the under 25s squad providing excellent match racing competition in a 2nd 2.4mR.  He will charter a boat in Cadiz and will receive coaching at the event organized through World Sailing. We wish him all the best over there and will be following his progress closely.


Update on the Topper Southerns

Another good weekend for the Dun Laoghaire Topper Group at the Topper Southerns in Dunmore East

The Dun Laoghaire Topper Group had another good weekend of racing at the Topper Southerns in Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East this past weekend.  Caoimhe Byrne won the Youth Ladies category, coming 8th overall, Caoimhe Seymour came 3rd in the Junior Ladies category Ella Fitzgerald earned herself another 3rd place in the 4.2 sail fleet, Adam Irvin came 6th overall, including winning 2 races outright and Jacques Murphy came 10th overall.  James Fitzgerald, Daniel O’Connor and Ethan Spain also enjoyed the varied conditions over the course of the weekend.  Those variations went from beautiful sun and nice brisk sailing winds on Saturday – where the organisers managed to get 4 races in, to heavy rain and a big swell on Sunday to make it much more challenging for the final 2 races. 

Optimist Munster’s (Dunmore East) – Main fleet Coach support

The club will be providing coach support for the event, for Main Fleet Sailors

  • Cost €50 for the 2 days
  • Limited to 8 sailors
  • Please register by Monday 1st July
  • This program is not open to sailors in the ‘Regatta Fleet’, as they receive coaching from IODAI.

Any queries, please contact

Register here

Optimist Munster’s (Dunmore East) – NYC Pre-Event Main fleet coaching.

The club intends to provide a weekend of pre-event coaching ahead of the Optimist Leinster’s, run from the club, for Main Fleet sailors.

  • Saturday 6th July and Sunday 7th July
  • Cost – €60
  • Times 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Max number 8
  • Please register by Monday 1st July
  • This program is not open to sailors in the ‘Regatta Fleet’, as they receive coaching from IODAI.

Any queries, please contact

Register Here

Pre Instructor Assessment & Preparation


The NYC is  running a  Pre–entry assessment course from Monday 19th  to Thursday 22nd August

The cost of the course to include the days training is 150 Euros please use the form below to register Places are limited to 8 on a first come first served basis.
The exam has 2 separate parts – a theory/shore based paper and an on the water practical exam.

Any queries contact Michèle Halpenny via 
Prior to applying for the course can you please ensure that you meet the legibility criteria

For legibility criteria and to register for this course, please click here

Topper Report for Early June

Topper Sailors keeping busy!

The Topper Group has had a busy few weeks on the circuit, with 2 events in the last 3 weeks. 

Adam Irvin, James Fitzgerald and Ella Fitzgerald all travelled to Donaghadee on the last weekend in May for the Topper sprint, which is a very different format with lots of short races, allowing sailors to concentrate on improving their starts.  All three NYC sailors finished in the Prizes, where James came 2nd and Adam came 3rd in the 5.3 fleet and Ella came 2nd in the 4.2 fleet.

The 3rd of the 1 day Traveller events was held on Sunday 9th June in fantastic sunny conditions for parents and good sailing wind for competitors in County Antrim Yacht Club in Whitehead.  There were 38 sailors in the main fleet, 9 in the 4.2 fleet, and 5 in the a regatta fleet, a new initiative for sailors new to racing.  Adam Irvin won the overall event, taking home the 1st Youth Male trophy, and Ella Fitzgerald came 3rd in the 4.2 fleet.