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April/May Optimist league Prize Giving & Team Ireland Awards

IMG_5207 IMG_5210 IMG_5212 IMG_5214The first prize giving of the 2014 Optimist Season was held last Tuesday evening.

There were 15 Main Fleet races held in the series and in total an amazing 43 Sailors took part. The Copper Fleet had 8 races in their May League and they all did very well for their first league with  Michael Crosbie finishing in 3rd, Anna Keal 2nd, and Ciara Burns took the honours in 1st place

The competitive Bronze Fleet ended with Harry Twomey in 3rd, Rory O’Sullivan in 2nd and Johnathon O’Shaughnessy in 1st place.

The Silver Fleet ended up with Conor Horgan in 3rd, Juliet Nyhan in 2nd and Andrea Long in 1st place.

On the podium for the Gold Fleet were Jennifer O’Shaughnessy in 3rd place, James McCann in 2nd place and in 1st place and overall winner of the April/May League was Tom Keal.

Congratulations and well done to those who collected prizes and also to all our Sailors who participated.


IMG_5218As detailed in a previous article ( the RCYC ran a very successful Trials coaching programme this year. In total there were 24 Team Ireland places available and 10 Sailors who took part in the programme qualified to represent Ireland at the European Championships or the French Nationals. To recognise this huge achievement of qualifying to represent their country the Rear Admiral for Dinghys, Celine McGrath made a presentation to the RCYC Sailors who made it onto a Team. Congratulations again to James McCann who finished 2nd overall in the Trials, and to Sarah Cudmore who will compete in the European Championships in Dublin. Congratulations also to Christopher Bateman, Cathal O’Regan, Caoimhe Foster and Tom Keal who will compete in the French Nationals this summer. Well done also to Harry Durcan who finished 3rd overall in the Trials and also qualified for the European Championships. This year the top 8 in Trials could opt to go to the World Championships in Argentina and Harry has decided to compete in the Worlds.

We wish all our Sailors the very best of luck.

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