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    County Dublin, Ireland

    Latitude       53° 17.635’ N
    Longitude   06° 07.770’ W

Junior Sailing News

Dun Laoghaire Laser Youth Squad: Mid Term Coaching Clinic

This coaching clinic will be jointly hosted by RSCYC and NYC.
NYC sailors should sign up using the NYC link; All other sailors should sign up using the RSGYC link

Is this program for you?
The coaching is designed for sailors who wish to improve their racing skills for competition in Regional and National events. Our group are typically 14 to 17 years of age and weigh upward of around 53kg. New entrants who previously competed in Optimists or Toppers are welcome. If sailors are unsure, we are happy to have them join the group on a trial basis to “try out”. Less confident sailors can opt out of the heavy wind sessions. With the 4.7 worlds scheduled for Dun Laoghaire in summer 2021, this is an ideal opportunity for aspiring sailors to gain international experience.

Our panel includes local coaches; Jack Fahy, Toby Hudson Fowler, and Henry Higgins who have a wealth of international experience and connect well with this age group.

Midterm Clinic:
• Wed, 28 Oct
• Thu, 29 Oct
• Fri, 30 Oct

Timing: Afternoons
• 12:30 – Arrive in Sailing gear
• 13:00 – Launch
• 16:00 – Return to shore
• 16:30 – Depart
Cost: €35/day

Click here to register

Club Optimists and Toppers Winter Coaching Programme – end October to end November

Registrations are now open for our Club Optimists and Toppers Winter Coaching Programmes, running for 5 weeks.

There will be 2 groups in each class to match the children’s abilities. To avoid congestion on the platform and help maintain Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, it was decided that the Optimists will train on Saturdays and the Toppers on Sundays.

The costs per child is €125. It is possible to charter a Club Optimist or a Club Topper for an additional €50 for the 5 weeks.

To view course details and places availability, please complete the registration form here

NYC Junior Laser (4.7 & Radial) Winter Coaching Programme

Dates: Sundays 11th,18th October, 8th,15th,22nd,29th November and 6th December

Costs: €180pp

Times: 13:30 to 16:30

Limited to 16 participants on a first come first served basis

Please register here

Autumn Junior Clinics September / October for RS Fevas

As we are not running the Junior September Series this year due to the Covid-19 situation, we have decided to run a small number of clinics for 4 weeks on Sundays from 13th September* to 4th October including for RS Fevas (Sunday afternoons)

For details on dates and costs, please use the registration form here

West coast Topper Traveller

Congratulations to Caoimhe Seymour and Ella Fitzgerald who attended the West Coast Topper Traveller in Galway City Sailing Club this weekend with Caoimhe taking 3rd female youth and Ella talking 1st female junior. Well done girls. 

2020 Optimist Nationals

Optimist Nationals 2020 report

In a most unusual year for everyone and many sailing events being cancelled, it was fantastic to see the 2020 Optimist Nationals going ahead at the RCYC. With participant numbers being significantly reduced in order to comply with the strict Covid-19 protocols, we were fortunate that eight NYC Juniors qualified for entry across the three fleets – Clementine van Steenberge, Ava Ennis, Kate Flood, Caoilinn Geraghty-McDonnell, James Hall, Lizzie Hall, Maria Butler and Patrick Butler.

The event was sailed in mainly light airs with strong tides and a full series was sailed over the four days. Particular congratulations to Clementine (1st Senior Fleet Girl) and Caoilinn Geraghty-McDonnell (1st Junior Fleet overall) and Maria Butler (5th Regatta fleet) in her first Nationals.

All the participating NYC Juniors have been training throughout 2020 in the build-up to the event and we are so proud of all our Juniors for the effort and commitment they have shown.

To continue the NYC’s commitment to growing the Optimist Class fleet, there will be plenty of Winter coaching for all levels, details to follow shortly.