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Report on last week’s coaching with Massimo and Burcu, further coaching planned for 15th/16th and 29th/30th November, Prizegiving and dinner on Friday 14th November and much more…..


Coaching with Massimo and Burco – Photo Bob Bateman

to all 28 sailors who attended the optimist clinic hosted by Italian
coaches Massimo and Burcu this weekend at the club.


was a very testing day however the wind decreased a bit for Friday and
Saturday making it better for training and hopefully everyone had a good
time and learnt a lot.

Thanks also
to Maeve and Donagh, the assistant coaches who did a great job.

(Donagh had
to break ice to refuel the ribs at 8am Saturday morning and we understand Maeve
managed to get everyone sailing vertically (at least on the telly!))


further coaching we have two full weekends planned for 15th/16th and
29th/30th November which will be led by Maria Coleman with Donagh and Maeve

We really
need to know numbers to get the coaching ratio right so please can you email and
let us know your intentions. 


Also don’t
forget the Oppie Prize Giving and Dinner on Friday week November 14th at
7.30pm. The dining room need to know firm numbers for this so again please let
us know how many adults and children you wish to book. A major surprise is
planned to kick the evening off so don’t be late.


One other
date for the calendar – Kinsale Yacht Club are hosting an Open Oppie Christmas
Regatta on December 13/14th. Notice of Race is attached.


We hope to
confirm the coaching schedule for the new year in late November – the intention
is to have a break until the end of January and then one club
coaching weekend prior to the IODAI Schull training week which is 16/20th Feb.

For those
who have not been to Schull before this is a good introduction to travelling
and an quite a social week for the sailors and parents – see for further
information. You should also be thinking about arranging you accommodation for
Schull now as houses do get booked up quite fast.


training after Schull will most likely be restricted to those sailors who have
successfully qualified for the trials – arrangements will be communicated


Important Dates


Friday          14th Nov
7.30pm –

Weekends:                Sat/Sun        15/16th
and 29/30th Nov 9.30am to 5.30 (weather dependant)

Regatta (Kinsale)     
Sat/Sun        13/14th Dec


send your confirmations regarding the Dinner numbers and Coaching to by


Tom Crosbie


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