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RCYC Sailor Douglas Elmes wins 2012 Optimist Trials

RCYC Sailors had huge success after six days racing held in varied conditions over two weekends.

Douglas Elmes emerged as an early leader in the first leg of the trials at the National Yacht club Dunlaoighre. He was closely followed by his fellow club members Sophie Browne, Harry Durcan, Jil Mc Ginley , Harry Whitaker and Peter Mc Cann.

The second leg was held last weekend in Waterford Harbour sailing club. Although Douglas Elmes soon became the overall leader , the other four spots for the top five positions and thus a place in the team to represent Ireland at the Optimist worlds in Dominican Republic came down to a nail biting finish on the last day.

RCYC won out in the end with four of the top five places going to RCYC sailors.

Douglas Elmes, Sophie Browne, Harry Durcan, Harry Whitaker will all travel to the Dominican republic this summer on the Irish Worlds team.

Jil MC Ginley and Peter MC Cann were unlucky to miss out on a top spot.   However Jil Mc Ginley  and Ronan Cournane will have the honour of representing Ireland at the Europeans in Italy this July.

Adam D Arcy and Johnny Durcan sailed consistently well over the series to take 13th and 16th positions overall and earned themselves a place in the International developement squad in France this summer.

Anna Kelly and Rebecca O Shaughnessy narrowly missed out in a team position but did very well to secure a 21st and a 23 th position overall.

Charley Breen , Claire OSullivan and Lucy Donworth worked hard over the six days and showed consistency and great potential.

Representing RCYC in the U12 squad are

Richard MC Ginley

James MC Cann

Luke MC Grath

Ronan Walsh

Tom Keal

Sarah Cudmore.

Well done to all .                         (Photo: Paul Keal. mainsheetimages)

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