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Optimist Qualifier Coaching Starts on Sunday 20th January at 10am

The Royal Cork Optimists had a most successful year last year resulting in 23 boats qualifying for the World and European Trials to be held in Howth and Kinsale in April and May this year.

Coaching has been organised for all qualifiers (full list below) to allow them to realise their potential at the trials and this starts on Sunday 20th under the leadership of Nin O’Leary who is going to be assisted by George Kennefick and Caoimhe Burns.

Nin was one of the most successful Optimist sailors ever in the club and is highly regarded as a coach. George was also a very successful Optimist sailor who represented Ireland at the 2003 Worlds. Caoimhe has been coaching in the club for a number of years.

Our locally-based group of coaches will be augmented by overseas coaches from time to time. The first of these visits will be on the weekend of the 26th / 27th January when Massimo Giorgiani will be visiting from Italy.

Note that IODAI are organising Munster regional coaching on Sunday 3rd February and Sunday 24th February in Crosshaven. Additionally, the traditional Schull Training Camp will take place during the February half-term break from 11th-15th February.

Here is the provisional coaching schedule up to the trials (note that in all cases coaching starts at 10am sharp):


                Sunday 20th – RCYC Local Coaching

                Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th – RCYC Local Coaching with Massimo Giorgani


                Sunday 3rd – IODAI Munster Coaching – Crosshaven

                Monday 11th – Friday 15th – Schull Training Camp

                Sunday 24th – IODAI Munster Coaching – Crosshaven


                Sunday 2nd – RCYC Local Coaching

                Sunday 9th – RCYC Local Coaching

                Sunday 16th – RCYC Local Coaching

                No coaching on Easter weekend as many sailors will be away in Brassemermeer

                Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th – RCYC Local Coaching


                Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th – RCYC Local Coaching – perhaps in Howth

                Sunday 13th – RCYC Local Coaching

                     Friday 18th – Sunday 20th – First Weekend of Trials – Howth

                Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th – RCYC Local Coaching – in Kinsale


                      Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th – 2nd Weekend of Trials – Kinsale


The full list of qualifiers is – Richard Harrington, Killian O'Keeffe, Philip Brownlow, Conor Lyden, Kirsti O'Flynn, Amy Harrington, Paul Martin, Brendan Lyden, Peter McCann, Amy-Kate Trevor, Seafra Guilfoyle, Cian Byrne, Julie Tingle, Richard Roberts, Alexandra Morehead, Chloe Crosbie, John Durcan, Tom Morehead, Patrick Crosbie, Vikki Cudmore, Katherine Geoghegan, Christopher Phelan, and David Whitaker.

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