Well done to all of our Junior sailors for their tremendous work in  trials, five events, regattas, Friday series, Sunday series and extensive training weekends over the past year. 

Team Racing at the Elmo
On the 7th and 8th of September, two teams from the Royal Irish Yacht Club Junior Section competed in the Elmo Trophy in the Royal Saint George Yacht Club. Over two days training our twelve sailors developed new skills and practised old ones in preparation for the trophy. Our competition was tough with Instructor teams, teams from the sailing academy and other experienced team racers. However our junior teams performed well against their own peers. Our sailors had the opportunity to mix and socialise with the other competitors at the event dinner on Saturday evening. The weekend long event was tough and challenging but thoroughly enjoyable! Hopefully this is an area of junior racing that will continue to grow in the future!


Racing News

Last weekend we had two sailors in the junior  fleet (aged 12 and under) at the Optimist Connaughts held at Lough Ree Yacht Club. Ava Ennis was the top gold fleet girl and 5th gold fleet overall. Her final ranking for junior girls 2019 leaves her joint second girl in Ireland and 7th overall.

Brian Carroll also finished a respectable 8th in gold fleet and after five events he was 8th in junior boys rankings of 2019.

Date for you diary

The junior dinner and awards ceremony will be held in the dining room on Friday November 8th. Save the date for this ceremony recognising the work all of junior sailors and instructors.

Junior Training

The Junior Section will run training for optimist sailors on the afternoons of Sundays 6, 13 and 20th of October and recommencing after the mid-term break on Sundays 10, 17 and 24th November. All levels will be catered for.  

Cost is €100 per sailor for the six sessions. Dinghy parking on the deck is €30 for the six weeks or €80 for the winter.  Optimist charter is available at €40

Please contact Sean O’Regan junior organiser if you have any questions.

We will be joining up with the other waterfront clubs for combined Feva training. Two experienced coaches will run this program which will run after Sunday racing series is completed on September 29th. More details to follow.

Topper Worlds 2020

The Topper Worlds are in RCYC in 2021 and there is interest in the club in putting a team together for this. A specialised coach can be arranged. Expressions of interest to the junior section at Juniorsection@riyc.ie

For more info on Optimist events see: https://iodai.com/events-events/
For info on RS Feva events see: http://www.rsireland.com/
For more info on Laser events see: https://laser-ireland.com/events/
Many of our instructors have travelled to events so if you have any questions speak to our instructor team or get in contact with the Junior Committee.


The Laser National Championships
The Laser National Championships were hosted by Ballyholme Yacht Club from 22nd to 25th August weekend, with Tim Norwood competing in the 4.7 class finishing fourth overall, and third Irish Boat.

In a shifty moderate to fresh southerly breeze races were completed on the first three days.  With tight racing between Tim (pictured below), Michael Crosby from RCYC, Conor Gorman from NYC, and Luke Anstey from England he was lying 3rd after the first day, and in equal 3rd after the second day with it all to play for over the next two days.   

However, just before racing started on the third day in stronger breeze Tim’s traveller broke, and despite help from an RCYC rib making a jury rig he was late to the start of the first race, but  managed to climb back from last to 10th in the thirty strong fleet, and lying fourth overall at the end of the third day.  

With the Tim’s traveller fixed overnight the final day dawned, but with hot sunshine and no wind, racing was abandoned, and the overnight positions were confirmed with Michael Crosby taking first place Luke Anstey second, Conor Gorman third and Tim fourth. 
Super well done to Christian Ennis who has just switched to Laser sailing, this was his first event. He finished inside the top twenty, congratulations Christian!
Thanks to Robert Norwood for this story and photo

Irish Optimist Nationals
The RIYC was represented in both the Junior and Senior fleets at the recent Irish Optimist Nationals in Howth. Junior fleet sailors included Ava Ennis Junior Gold, Brian Carroll and Ben Keane in Junior Silver.

Senior fleet sailors included Matty Keane, Rory McMullin, and Anna O’Connor. This year both fleets were truly international with the USA and GB fielding strong teams.

The weather conditions, over the 4 days were very testing with heavy winds proving difficult for both the sailors and the officials. Day 1 saw a late start due to a gale force warning, day 2 saw a general recall of the Junior fleet and on the final day the junior fleet launch was aborted, because of winds gusting 25 to 30 knots with the senior fleet only managing to complete one race.

Despite the inclement conditions, HYC managed to host a very successful fun-filled and social event with the overall winner of the competition and ISA gold medal being awarded to the Cork Sailor James Dwyer Matthews, just fresh from his victory at the British nationals. James is now moving out of oppies into a two-handed boat and we wish him every continued success.

In the Junior Gold Fleet Ava Ennis finshed a very strong third girl, in the Silver Fleet, Brian Carroll took fourth place overall. Ava also took part in the UK National Championships (Weymouth), where she got second girl in the Silver fleet and came 4th overall, missing out on a medal by 1 point.

Well done to all our Junior Sailors and congratulations also go to Anna O’Connor who completed her last optimist event and is now moving on to another dinghy. 
Thanks to Camilla Carroll for this story.

RIYC Junior Sailability 
6th to 9th August - RIYC welcomed five amazing young sailors - Rachael, Adam, Cian, Christopher and Gavin to the Junior Sailability week for children with physical impairments. 

Although the weather was mixed, there was no stopping these young sailors getting out on the water. Their huge determination and commitment was astounding. Great sailing and lots of laughs was had by all. 

Our terrific instructors Hugo O’ Reilly and Hugo Stapleton and exceptional assistants Angus O’Gallagher, Daisy Dillon-Malone and Georgia Goodbody made the week truly memorable. 

Special thanks to Pat Shannon our vice-commodore for his ongoing support of the Sailability Programme in the RIYC. The smooth running of the Programme would not have happened without the commitment of our senior instructor Colm Moloney, Sean O’Regan and the Junior Committee.

Patricia Judge

Sailability co-ordinator 2019



The Laser Connaught Championships were hosted by Lough Derg Yacht Club 27 & 28 July, with RIYC's Tim Norwood competing in the competitive 4.7 class coming 2nd Overall.

In the first race following a start in a 5-6 knot South Westerly with a wind shift of 90 degrees and the wind dying Tim recorded a 19th place.  After a delay the wind returned with 10 – 13 knots and three further races were completed, Tim making up and recording two firsts and and fifth.
Racing resumed on Sunday with light and variable conditions, two races being completed with Tim recording two thirds, coming Second Overall in the Championships with Michael Crosbie of RCYC coming 1st and Conor Gorman of NYC coming 3rd. Huge congratulations to Tim and all the competitors who took part.

The IODAI dinghy Munster Championship took place in Dunmore East Sailing Club last weekend. The club were represented by Ava Ennis, Anna O’Connor and Brian Carroll.  Ava was first in Junior Silver fleet and Brian was 5th also in Junior Silver fleet.

It has been a good July for the Ennis’s as Ava’s older brother, Christian, won the laser 4.7 competition at the Sutton Dinghy Club Regatta on July 6th.  

A big fleet of our sailors competed in the National Yacht Club Junior Regatta on Wednesday July 24th. We will have an update on their performances next week.

Entry is now open to our own Junior Regatta kindly sponsored by JLL on Wednesday July 31st. There will be fun on and off the water with bouncy castle's for non-sailors. 

There will be Pizza baked in a Wood Fired oven on the Deck for competitors and also available to purchase for parents and siblings.
Enter your sailor now for a great day’s fun on the water.


Tim Norwood finished 2nd overall in the Ulster 4.7 Laser Championships held at the East Antrim Boat Club in Larne over the weekend.  Following the start of racing on Saturday, the wind changed and died forcing racing to be abandoned for the day.  Sunday arrived with 15-25 knots and four races were completed, with Tim recording a first, two seconds and a third place, being pipped for 1st overall by one point by Michael Crosbie of RCYC.
Tim is currently training with the Irish Sailing 4.7 Laser Training Squad, congratulations and we wish you the very best of luck.



Dear Parent/Guardian,
I hope your sailing season has been going well! As you may have seen in the news or via club email there was a waste water leakage earlier in the week. As indicated by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, these bans apply specifically to these beaches and not Dún Laoghaire Harbour as the waste water is aerated by waves and mixed by currents within the harbour area.

The Temporary bathing prohibition notices at Seapoint and Forty bathing areas has been removed, following consultation with the HSE, as water sample results have come back showing clean water quality at these locations.

The brown film around the slipway and these beaches is due to non-toxic algae which has formed due to the warm weather.

In any cases where we receive news of a swimming ban (even if it does not affect Dún Laoghaire harbour) vigorous handwashing at the slipway and in the changing rooms is enforced by our instructors. And of course if the situation requires we can make use of our fleet of 1720 keelboats.

On any day where we can’t sail we will have other sailing-related activities planned. As always we are open for business and more importantly – fun!

DLR Coco press release on water quality
Algal bloom cause of orange slick

Kindest regards,
Colm Moloney


We will be launching a new course on seamanship for sailors over 14 years of age. It is proposed to run this for the four days of week four, July 16th  to July 19th. In a relaxed non-examined course our instructors will cover seamanship skills such as rigging, knots, fibreglass repairs, riveting, drilling on metal together with tides/navigation, charts and compass work/basic pilotage and passage planning/meteorology/rib & VHF work, anchoring. We will also look to show the sailors the skill of rowing a tender which seems to be lost skill. We hope to get the sailors to visit the RNLI station and include some sailing in a 1720. The details of this new course are being finalised and we will circulate everyone in the next few days when the syllabus is finalised.


TY PROGRAMME 2019/2020

The Waterfront Clubs will be running the hugely popular transition year schools program again. At this stage they are looking for parents and sailors to look at the options and complete a short survey of the activities they may be interested in to assist with the planning process. There is a week away in Hehir Island, Baltimore, Team Racing, 1720/j80 Keelboat Sailing, Navigation, VHF, Rib, First Aid and Safeguarding Courses being planned over the 2019/2020 school year. If your sailor is interested please complete the survey form available here

29er Irish Nationals – Entries now open!

The National Yacht Club is delighted to host the 29er Irish Nationals on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019


In Lasers we had two transition year students participating at the final event of La Coupe de Bretagne, the Brittany Cup, which is a French regional series. On Sunday last Tim Norwood was placed second overall and Kate O’Connor was the highest placed girl. 
It wasn’t the only glory for the O’Connor family on Sunday because on the same day Kate’s sister, Anna, was placed best girl in the Senior Division at the Optimist Dinghy Ulster’s Championship in testing conditions at Skerries Sailing Club. Also at the Optimist event Ava Ennis was third girl in the junior division (aged 12 and under). Last month Anna was selected for the Irish Optimist Dinghy International Development Team One at the Sailing Ireland Youth Pathway Trials,  which were held in Royal Cork Yacht Club. Anna will represent Ireland later this month. We wish her well.

Well done to Tim, Kate, Anna and Eva and all of our Juniors who participated at these events. 
Kate and Tim at La Coupe de Bretagne, the Brittany Cup

If your sailor is interested in dinghy racing, please do not hesitate to contact the Junior Organiser at juniorsection@riyc.ie for advice and information on support the Club can give our sailors.

​The Junior Section continue to launch upwards of 25 sailors for the Friday night DBSC Junior Friday Summer Series. This is a series of 8 races run over May and June. The organisation roles for this event are shared  across the waterfront clubs. It will be our turn to organise racing on June 7th, 14th and 21st. If you haven’t already done so and wish to help out on one of these nights please contact juniorsection@riyc.ie. The Royal Irish will host the prize giving on June 21st so please come along to cheer on our future stars of Irish sailing!