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Junior Sailing


Topper Southern’s report

The Topper Southern Championships were hosted by the NYC on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June.

As this was a bank holiday weekend and just before the start of the state exams, numbers were lower than expected however we still managed to muster a fleet of 52 Toppers.
The weather didn’t exactly play ball and with easterly winds hitting 35knts in the bay on Saturday, the decision was made to race inside the harbour. With determination, Race Officer Ed Totterdell laid the course and 2 quick races were run off with Cork sailor Liam Duggan taking the honours before the sailors went ashore in anticipation of fairer weather to follow.

Sunday saw challenging conditions again with rain and a big swell but with the wind moderating slightly and the course was set in the bay. 3 great races were completed with Ballyholme sailor Bobby Driscoll taking the honours in all 3 races and the overall series with Liam Duggan taking 2nd and Ballyholme’s Daniel Palmer taking 3rd.
Emily McAfee took the overall female and 1st junior female while local NYC sailor Ella Fitzgerald took 1st youth female. Overall a really successful weekend and great to see so many NYC Topper sailors attending their first event. Well done to all our NYC sailors Ella Fitzgerald,  James and Lizzie Hall, James Gorman, Alex Byrne, Charlie and Nicholas O’Neill and Zara Whelan.

There is a great quality gallery of pictures (our thanks to Craig O’Neill) to look at here

Summer Course Registrations are opened


We have now gone through the numbers for the summer courses and considered the capacity, the Junior Committee have now agreed that children who are grandchildren of members and non-members can now apply for the following summer courses. 1,2,4,5 as there is capacity.

The Junior Committee is happy to announce that the Summer Courses 2022 registrations are now opened for Family (and Spouse), Full (and Spouse), Life, Senior, Cadet or Honorary members to register.
As previously advertised, we will be running the full suite of IS levels and are additionally offering some custom courses. Places will be allocated on a first-come/first-served basis. We intend to offer all courses published, but this will depend on demand and minimum numbers per course.
If you are unsure which course is right for your young sailor, you can check the ISA website for a description of the standard courses by clicking here: Dinghy, Keelboat & Catamaran Sailing   (List of courses under the Course Syllabi heading)

Second round of booking with all remaining spaces on courses 1,2,4 & 5 is open and will remain open until all spaces are filled. Course 3 is fully booked.


Coach the Coaches 11/12 June

As part of our ongoing commitment to Instructor Development the National Yacht  club is hosting a Coach the Coaches course over the weekend of the 11/12 June with Thomas Chaix of Dinghy Performance.

Thomas will  introduce and develop “the coaching approach”.

The idea is to review a base knowledge the Coaches can apply with the view to progressing Performance and how to adjust it to their group. He will deal with a number of areas to include, equipment updates, off the water communication, safety, nutrition, fitness 

The weekend will also include shadow coaching. The course is open to all NYC instructors, especially those with an interest in performance coaching.

There will also  be a waiting list and we plan to organise more courses for those who are unable to sign up to this course.

Max 15 participants

Price €120

Any queries please contact Rebecca Hall via

Please register here

Optimist Performance Clinics – National Yacht Club June 7th – 10 and 13th – 16th

Performance Coaching for sailors who are racing competitively with coach Thomas Chaix

Mornings – 9.00 – 12.30

2 Clinics – Limited numbers– early booking advised

NYC members €150   Non-members €195

To book contact Aileen Dempsey or Flore Dion

NYC Junior Section Pre-loved sailing clothes & gear sale in aid of RNLI and the Irish Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal – Sunday 15th May 11am-12.30pm.

Are your Sailors in need of sailing gear? Need to replace that missing boot or glove? Has your sailor shot up over the winter and grown out of their clothes? Want to empty your house of spares and unwanted sailing clothes or gear? 

Join us at on Sunday 15th at 11-12.30am to sell and/or buy any second hand sailing clothes or gear. 

Only items in clean, good and usable condition please. If you have items to donate but won’t be there on the day, please contact Henrietta by email to arrange drop off in advance ( 

All moneys raised will be donated to the RLNI and Red Cross. Refreshments will be provided for young sailors & parents. 

IODAI’s Under 12’s team and Development squad trained during a lovely week end in Lough Ree

7 of our NYC Oppi sailors are part of theses teams: Lucas and Jacob Browne, Félix and Basile Dion, Louise Hanley, James Gorman and Jonathan Dempsey.

Coaching was led by Andrew Mannion and Cathal O’Regan. There was a number of support coaches as well as guest appearances former Oppi Champions not too long ago, willing to pass on their knowledge and experience to this group.

Senior Coach Dylan Reidy was in attendance with the u12 Team and has given a short Rules talk to the Development Squad which will benefit them when they take to the water in RCYC a couple of weeks later.