Junior Summer Sailing

The Royal Irish Yacht Club runs ISA approved sailing courses for juniors during the summer months. The courses are open to member’s children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and if places are still available friends. 

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2017 Junior Section Booklet



Dún Laoghaire Sailability
Programme 2017

For Children aged 8-17 with physical and sensorial disabilities

 DMYC - National Yacht Club - Royal Irish Yacht Club
Royal St George Yacht Club 
have again combined to run this programme in
Dún Laoghaire during the summer 2017


1.  Introductory Day (Come and Try it!)
    Sunday 11th June at 10:30am in the Royal Irish Yacht Club

2.  Sunday morning sailing at Royal St George Yacht Club
    Commences Sunday 18th June and continues each Sunday
    until 20th Aug (except Sun 9th July and Sun 6th Aug) - run    
    in conjunction with the DMYC

3.  Two week-long sailing courses
    National Yacht Club: 12th – 16th June (5 days)
    Royal Irish Yacht Club: 8th - 11th Aug (4 days)
No sailing experience necessary

Please email Enquiry Form to Debbie Horan: deborah.horan7@gmail.com

For general enquiries and further details please contact:
Ian French 087 2456834 or email: ianafrench@eircom.net
Ruth Shanahan 086 2374801 or email: ruthfin@eircom.net

Kindly sponsored by
The Spirit Motor Group Volvo Ireland, Wag Sailing Class
and other personal supporters

Please note, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate children
with intellectual disabilities on this programme


RS Feva Nationals 2016

The Feva nationals were held in Greystones this year from 18th to 20th July. We were delighted that 4 boats travelled to represent the RIYC. There was a terrific fleet of 40 boats from all over the country which was an amazing achievement as there was only 12 last year so well done to Elaine Malcolm Feva class captain. The event was held over 3 days and the best of 10 races with 2 discards.

The first day the winds were heavy and the sun splitting the stones, the sailors sailed to the magnificent back drop of Greystones bay. The second day brought in a touch of the Mediterranean as the sea was flat calm and temperatures soared but unfortunately no sailing was done.
Day 3 the last and final day the pressure was on to fit in 5 races this was done with enthusiastic sailors, committee and helpers.
The RIYC sailors did their club proud as it was for most of them their first national regatta well done to all!
A huge thankyou to Greystones sailing club and in particular to Sarah O’Dwyer for hosting a terrific event.  See full results here 


The Junior Regatta was a super day of fun sailing, despite the changeable weather.  More fun was had back on dry land with a Deck Party in the afternoon. Thanks must be given to our Sponsors, Race Officers, Volunteers and helpers and of course to all the Competitors, very well done to you all.
See story from afloat here
See Results

Tim Norwood & Finn Cleary came second in the RS Eastern Feva championships, sailing a club Feva “The Des Rogan” and hosted by the RSGYC last weekend. It was the first RS event that Tim & Finn  had sailed in and they were one of the  youngest and lightest competitors.  They led the event on the first day coming 1st in the first three races and 2nd in the fourth race, on the second day the wind increased with gusts of up to 20 knots of breeze making it difficult for the light crew.
After a spectacular capsize in the second last race,  Tim and Finn managed to right the boat in record time and continue sailing only losing two places, they ended up 2nd overall. A fantastic achievement for their first event.  Also representing the Club at the event and sailing well finishing 7th overall  Siofra Mooney and Caoimhe Keane and sailing for one day of the event Max Goodbody & Daisy Dillon Malone.”

Friday Night Junior Summer Sailing Series NYC - See here 

Congratulations Junior Sailor Hannah Leonard

Congratulations to Hannah Leonard on being selected to represent Ireland at the Polish National Championships. Having finished 5th at the Brassed Off Cup in Howth on Good Friday in a fleet of 40 boats, Hannah went on to represent the Royal Irish Yacht Club at the Optimist Trails the following week, only one of two Royal Irish sailors to have qualified. Hannah spent a winter training with Team X under the guidance of her Danish coach, Soren Laugesen, in preparation for the Trials, the event that selects the sailors to represent Ireland abroad. After racing on day one Hannah was lying 3rd girl, Friday’s racing was cancelled due to strong winds and Saturday was fluky with light winds and tough results. On Sunday Hannah had a lot of work to do to get back in contention. True to form she performed well with strong results and now it was a waiting game to see if she had qualified for one of the Irish teams. A week after the Trials had finished Hannah was finally notified that she had made an Irish team, she will now fly to Poland on the 1st June to compete for Ireland representing the Royal Irish Yacht Club. Hannah’s team mates come from Howth, the RSGYC and RCYC. For the first time in many years the Royal Irish will have 2 Junior sailors representing it on an international stage in the Optimist Dinghy proving that Junior sailing in the club is going from strength to strength. Congratulations to Hannah for making the team that travels to Poland and to Tim for making the team that will go to France.

Congratulations Junior Sailor Tim Norwood 

The Optimist Trials were held in Howth Yacht Club from 31st March to 3rd April.
The Trials are a closed event with Optimist sailors qualifying by their performance in the four Regional and National events in 2015. Tim Norwood and Hannah Leonard qualified for the trials and competed with 57 of the top Optimist sailors in Ireland for a place on the International Development Team and a place in a team to represent Ireland internationally in the Worlds, European or French Nationals..

The conditions varied considerably over the four days, and Tim successfully qualified for a place on the International Development Team and the Irish team that will compete in the French National Championship which will be held in Loctudy, Brittany from the 16th to 23rd July.  The team is made up of seven sailors from RCYC, R, St G YC, Skerries, Howth YC, NYC, Lough Ree YC and of course RIYC…

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