RIYC Junior Sailing News


Sunday Sailing

Booking for Sunday coaching is now live!  
Sundays in October: 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st - 13:30-16:30. 
Sundays in November: 7th, 14th - 13:30-16:30. 
Optimists, Teras and Lasers in the single handers and Fevas. Sailors to be at the Club from 1230 pm. 

The Inter Club Feva coaching has started. We are clarifying the time so keep an eye on the Feva WhatsApp group.  The inter clubs are keen to make the sessions fun and social and there will be prizes for participation - just turning up! The coach will be there to help kids rig and get on the water.  

All are welcome to sign up so extended friends and family who are not members are very welcome in single handers or Fevas. We have a sailor looking for a Feva partner so if your sailor wants to try a Feva please contact the junior organiser.   

The booking form for single and double handers is HERE

*We need a parent volunteer to act as shore contact, parents sign up here

Mid-Term Break Sailing Camp

Do we have your interest in a sailing camp on October 27, 28 and 29th October? 
Wednesday to Friday of the mid-term break. Please register your interest if your sailor would like to join, so we can plan for this – Yes, I am Interested 

Racing Successes

Congratulations to all our sailors who competed in the DBSC junior Autumn Series. Congratulations also to Max and Georgia Goodbody who competed in the Waszp Irish National Championships at the Royal St George Yacht Club last weekend. In a mixed rig fleet, Max was best Irish junior and fourth overall. Well-done Max and Georgia. See the enclosed Afloat.ie article and the exciting video of the event. 

2021 Junior Photographs

The Junior Committee are putting together a news roundup for 2021. We are looking for you and your sailors’ photographs and impressions of junior sailing this year at the Royal Irish. Themes can be fun on and off the water, racing in Dun Laoghaire and further afield. Please send your contribution to the junior organiser.

Junior Dinner

Finally, a date for the diary. The Club Junior Dinner will be held in the Dining Room on Friday December 10th. All Junior Cadet sailors are invited. A separate parent’s dinner with a parent’s menu will be available on the night. More details and booking coming soon.

Please contact the Junior Organiser if you have any questions.

The Junior Committee

Irish Sailing Junior All Ireland Championships

As we reported last week Max Goodbody was invited to take part in the Irish Sailing Junior All Ireland Championships at the Fastnet Marine and Outdoor Education Centre in Schull. Max was in pole position for a medal until the very last race when there was a nail-biting photo finish of 4 boats all crossing the line at the same time and Max was pushed into a very respectable 5th overall. He had some great results in very challenging conditions and really showed that he well deserved his place in this competition! 

The Junior Committee will restart Sunday sailing on October 10th and will also hold a mid-term sailing camp the week of the mid-term break, October 25th. More details to follow.

The Junior Committee

Irish Sailing Junior All Ireland Championships

The Irish Sailing Junior All Ireland Championships take place this coming weekend at the Fastnet Marine and Outdoor Education Centre in Schull. 

Our Club will be represented by Max Goodbody and we wish him well in the event.

We had three of our juniors competing at international competitions last week. 

The Laser 4.7 Rig Worlds competition was held in Dun Laoghaire. After a gruelling six days of sailing, in which the sailors had every weather condition and sea state imaginable, Anna O’Connor was second Irish girl. 240 Sailors aged 14 to 18 from over 30 nations competed in this prestigious event. Anna has previously been awarded the trophy for best female in junior section in 2018 and 2019. Anna’s result is a tremendous achievement in a Worlds competition. Well done, Anna.

In the foiling Waszp European Games on Lake Garda, Max Goodbody was eight in the junior’s division. Max also was second in the speedster section calculating the fastest speed of their boats. In her first event helming a Waszp. Georgia Goodbody was second in the 6.9 sail division. In Waszp competitions sailors of all experiences race together. In 20 knot breezes, Max and Georgia would have been racing against older masters with the full rig for the Waszp. Competitors included a Nacra world champion, an optimist world champion and a 470 world champion. Well done Max and Georgia.

Congratulations again to Max, Georgia, and Anna. You do us proud representing your Club and Country. You serve as an inspiration to our junior sailors and indeed all the sailors in our Club.

Photos: Anna O'Connor at the Laser 4.7 prizegiving, Georgia Goodbody helms her Waszp, Max Goodbody at the Waszp European Games on Lake Garda​.

Thank you to Haemish and Mark for organising a super summer series in difficult and uncertain times. Thank you also to our instructors and volunteer instructors. Thank you to the parents but most of all thank you to our sailors for participating in fun and enjoyable courses, gaining Irish Sailing qualifications, making new friends, and reconnecting with old ones. You sailors are the future of the Club. Well done.

We had a great time with our team racing week during our summer courses. Over the weekend of August 28th/29th, the Royal St George Yacht Club are hosting the Elmo Cup Team Racing Competition for sailors under 19 years of age. Teams from sailing clubs all over Ireland will be represented in the competition. RIYC hope to have two teams entered. We will have an Irish Sailing accredited coach to support our teams at the event and also for our training weekend over the coming weekend of August 21st/22nd.

The ever popular and fun DBSC September Junior Series will commence on August 29th. Racing will be inside the Harbour for a wide variety of dinghies including Optimists, Teras, Fevas and Lasers. Racing is on a fun basis, with “light touch” training allowed, intended to encourage the less competitive. This is an open event, membership of DBSC is not required.

Online entry form  https://www.nyc.ie/2021/08/junior-september-series-2021/

Charter boats are available from mark@riyc.ie

Can you let me know if your sailor is entering the series as we want to assess the coach support required? 

We are looking for qualified instructors who have racing experience to support our sailors for the DBSC September Junior Series. Please send your sailing CV to mark@riyc.ie 
Racing is being held on Sunday afternoons on August 29th, September 12th, 19th and 26th. We are also looking for applications from aspiring instructors who are looking for voluntary work experience. A RIB licence and Garda vetting will be needed by these assistants. Again, please send sailing CV’s to mark@riyc.ie

We will need parental support for the event also. We need parents with RIB licenses to assist with rescue and other parents for support on the slipway. In particular we need a big team for Sunday August 29th as our own National Race Officer, Michael Tyrrell, and his team, will be officiating at the races. We need three parents or sailors with racing experience to assist on the committee boat. We will also require help with mark laying in addition to rescue support. As mentioned, the Elmo Cup is also being raced on August 29th so it will be a busy day at the Club. If your sailor is involved in either event, please come down and help out. 

Thank you to parents who have volunteered already. If you have a RIB licence and are worried that you don’t have enough experience, we can pair you with a more experienced RIB driver. Please email juniorsection@riyc.ie to confirm your availability and experience. Alternatively, please reply in the WhatsApp groups.

Later in the autumn we will organise an Irish Sailing accredited RIB driving course. More details to follow.

Junior Committee


The ever popular DBSC September Junior Series will commence on 29th August. Racing will be inside the harbour for Optimists, Fevas, Lasers and other dinghies. Racing is on a fun basis, with “light touch” training allowed, intended to encourage the less competitive. This is an open event, membership of DBSC is not required.

The online entry form, Notice of Race, and Sailing Instructions can be found HERE. Charter boats are available contact mark@riyc.ie

TY 2021/2022 
The TY Sailing Members Program has run for a number of years now, very successfully between the Dun Laoghaire clubs and has proved to be a great way to keep our teenagers involved in sailing, prepare them for instructing and build lifelong friendships so we really hope they get involved.Please complete the expression of Interest form by 15th August 2021.  TY COURSE 2021/2022 Sign-up

The Junior Committee have listened and based on the survey results we are looking for an expression of interest for 1720 sailing on Sunday afternoons. This is aimed at sailors who have finished level 4 and are aged between 16 and 18 and want to learn about keel boat sailing in the company of their friends having fun on the water and working as a team.
This we hope will be a stepping-stone into Dublin Bay sailing.
Please register name and age of the sailor interested in this programme with your name, membership number and contact details to mark@riyc.ie
Summer courses continue and our laser and team racing clinics are nearly full. Please book now to guarantee your place. JUNIOR SAILING COURSES - BOOK HERE

We may need to volunteer assistants during the summer. If your sailor is interested in assisting please ask them to apply on this application form, with sailing CV in PDF format, our sailing manager, our sailing manager, mark@riyc.ie will receive the completed forms. If you have any questions or queries, contact the Junior Organiser, Sean O'Regan

Finally, we look forward to seeing of you who will be at the pizza night on Friday. We know some parents and sailors were disappointed that the event sold out. We hope to have another event for parents and juniors at the end of the summer. 

Single and double handers sailing running weekends through June, see here for full story.

MAY 2021  
Double Handers - Feva
Similar to the format offered before this current lockdown, the waterfront clubs have come together to offer interclub coaching for Feva’s for the month of May. The coaching will cater for beginner as well as experienced Feva sailors. We will have our own coach who will be working with two other coaches to put together a plan each week for all levels with an emphasis on having fun and getting sailing. 
Sailing will be in the afternoon (Exact Timing TBC) and will cost €25 per sailor per Sunday.
Charter boats are available for hire from the club for €55 for the 4 x Sundays.
If your sailor is interested (we need to get a feel for the numbers so we can plan and be ready to go sailing) Please contact Siobhan Mooney 085-7221300 
Single Handers – Optimist, Tera and Laser
The club will also be offering single handed dinghy sailors the opportunity for coaching on Sundays in May. The coaching will cater for beginner as well as experienced sailors with a strong emphasis on getting out on the water and having fun. 
Sailing will be in the afternoon (Exact Timing TBC) and will cost €110 per sailor for the 4x Sundays.
Optimists and Teras are available to charter for €40  for the 4x Sundays.
If your sailor is interested (we need to get a feel for the numbers so we can plan and be ready to go sailing) Please contact Malcolm Moir 086 820 6220 
How to book…
Booking forms for both double and single handers will be available on the RIYC website later in the week of April 19th. The booking forms will be circulated to all members together with the times when booking opens.

We expect summer sailing to start on June 7th and initially to take the same format as in June 2020, with pods of up to 12 sailors participating in either a morning or afternoon session. These courses will be open to experienced sailors (Level 3 or above). We will do our best to organise sailing sooner if there are any changes to school closing dates.
Weeks Commencing June 7th, 14th and 21st (Weeks 1- 3).
AM Group: 09:30– 1230
PM Group: 14:00 – 17:00
Cost per week (Weeks 1-3) for the half-day will be €140 per sailor
Optimist and Tera dinghies will be available to charter for €50.00 per week. Feva dinghies will be available to charter for €80 per week.
Booking forms will be available in late-April.
Weeks commencing June 28th and July 5th (Weeks 4 – 5)  
Further details will be available when there is certainty about the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta. In the event the Volvo Dun Laoghaire regatta does not take place, it is the clubs intention to run the pod based half day courses in week 4, commencing June 28th and week-long courses in Week 5, commencing July 5th. 
Weeks commencing July 12th to August 9th, 2021 (Weeks 6 to 10)
If restrictions allow, we will run regular Junior sailing courses for our Junior members in July and August. These courses, which will be based on Irish Sailing levels, will be one week in duration to provide maximum flexibility given the current circumstances. We will provide details of the weeks that particular IS courses are being run when we have more certainty around the regulations which will be applicable at the time.
For our older Junior Sailors….
Subject to restrictions and demand, in July and August we intend to offer a number of specific courses for ‘senior junior’ sailors to keep them engaged and out on the water. These include:
Team Racing Week in Irish Sailing Firefly dinghies
Specific boat training (Optimist, Feva, Laser)
Seamanship - including ropes and knots, fibreglass and other boat repairs, sail repairs and sculling.
All courses will run from 09:00 – 17:00.
Cost per week will be €240 per sailor.
Charters, on first come first served basis.
Optimist and Tera Dinghies are available basis at €55.00 per week.
Feva dinghies are available to charter at €85.00 per sailor per week.
Booking forms for July and August courses will be available when we have more certainty around Government Covid restrictions. 
We look forward to seeing our junior sailors out on the water in the next few weeks and have no doubt that it will be another great summer of fun and sailing in the RIYC.
P.S – Parents Survey
The survey the Junior Committee circulated a couple of weeks ago for parents of the children that have participated in the RIYC Junior Section is still live and we would welcome your feedback. The link is available up to 12:00 on April 21st. Thanks to everyone who has provided their feedback so your input is very much appreciated. 

JUNIOR NEWS UPDATE - 14 April, 2021

Now that we have some clarity on relaxing of COVID restrictions for children, the Junior Section are delighted to say that they will be organising training for Junior Cadets on Sunday afternoons in May. Training will be available in single handed Optimist and Tera dinghies and double handers in Fevas. For summer courses a Pod based Junior Section will be available from Monday June 7th with morning and afternoon groups. We will do our best to organise sailing if there is are any changes in school closing dates.

If circumstances permit the Junior Section hope to be able to offer full day courses in July and August.  We will offer a mix of taste of sailing, Irish Sailing qualification levels and hope to offer boat specific coaching, team racing coaching and a seamanship course. We will await Government advice before confirming the arrangements for those months. 

A more detailed email with details of course fees will be issued to all Members on Friday next, April 16th. We will advise all Members when booking forms for May and June go live. Hopefully these booking forms will be available next week.

We will be interviewing Cadets who have applied for summer instructor positions shortly. We will ask these applicants if they are available to work on Sundays in May also. We have interest from sailors for Junior laser coaching in May. If you know of someone who maybe interested in coaching lasers please have them contact the Junior Organiser at juniorsection@riyc.ie with their CV.

Any questions to juniorsection@riyc.ie

The Junior Committee

24 September, 2020

The Junior Committee have had to put the training plans announced last week on hold due to the elevated Covid 19 status. We will update you as soon as the Covid 19 status changes.

Unfortunately for Tim Norwood the Junior Helmsman’s Championship due to be held in Schull this coming weekend has been cancelled as most of the competitors were due to travel from Dublin. Commiserations to Tim after all of the hard work he and his crew Nathan put in.

Also, the Sunday Optimist series has been postponed.

Please watch out for updates.

The Junior Committee


Subject to compliance with Government guidelines on Covid 19 Junior Committee has put in place some exciting coaching plans for Optimists, Teras and Fevas for the coming weeks, which you will see below. We will pay close attention to the changing guidelines and keep our plans up to date as restrictions unfold or are relaxed. Please contact the Junior Organiser if you are not part of our WhatsApp group. We use this group for instant updates. 

We value the input of parents and volunteers without whom these coaching events could not take place. 
Our younger Cadet Members have been taking part in the Frank Keane Volkswagen Dun Laoghaire Optimist Autumn League organised by the RSGYC. This is a four-week series on Sunday afternoons, and we had tremendous commitment from our 9 sailors who raced the last two Sundays. Thank you to the coach and parents for the  support on the day. See photos below.


We would like to continue the coaching after this race event ends on Sunday 4th October.  This will run on Sunday’s 11th and 18th October with a break for mid-term and resuming on November 8th and 15th. If there is interest from sailors, we will try to run sailing on the Sundays of mid-term break also.

We can also organise Tera sailing on the same dates. Please contact the Junior Organiser if your sailor is interested in Optimist or Tera training. We have Optimist and Tera dinghies to charter.

Please note - These Coaching plans are subject to any restrictions on gatherings that maybe imposed by Government as part of the country’s Covid 19 response plan. 

Calling All Feva Sailors 
The RSGYC have put together coaching for Fevas on Sunday afternoons with the three Clubs included. Henry Higgins is the coach and there is a great group along the waterfront of the Feva class. This would be an ideal opportunity to hone in on your skills and improve over the winter.

The cost is €35 a session per sailor if you haven’t got a boat, Charter boats are available. There will be an instructor provided to bring you out to the session on the water and bring you back in. The Feva Nationals are in Rush the first weekend in October it would be terrific if some of you traveled.

Any one interested please email me siobhanmooney08@gmail.com​ and I will forward you the link for payment and add you to the waterfront Feva WhatsApp group. Unfortunately times will be confirmed on a weekly basis as with Covid restrictions of numbers on the hards in each Club. This worked extremely well last year and we hope to continue this for the winter if we get the interest.


In the 29er Class for older sailors, Tim Norwood, helm, together with his crew Nathan Van Steenberge (NYC) competed in the 29er Class Connaught Championships in Lough Ree on 29th/ 30th August coming second overall.  They then competed in the 29er Class Eastern Championships last weekend 5th/6th September coming 1st in the Youth Category recording eight 1st and one 2nd places in the Category and were Second overall including the Adult Category.

Tim has now been invited by Irish Sailing to compete in the Junior All Ireland Sailing Championships which will take place on 26th and 27th September in Schull, Co Cork.
We wish Tim all the best as he flies the RIYC Burgee in this prestigious national competition. 

Photos of Tim and Nathan, courtesy of R. Norwood.

As we will be running a number of training events over the winter and into the spring we would like to establish a panel of instructors who are available to instruct Sunday afternoons. We will be looking for availability for a minimum of four weeks at at a time. If you or your sailor have instructor qualifications and are interested please email your CV to Mark McGibney.

Congratulations to Junior Cadet Members Ava Ennis and Matty Keane who last week competed in the four days of the AIB Optimist National Championship in Royal Cork Yacht Club. This is RCYC’s 300 anniversary and the AIB Optimist National Championship was the first major event they were able to hold this year. The competitors raced on “the bank” in Cork harbour under the watchful eyes of race officer and RIYC Member, Anthony O’Leary, and his race team.  The Club, sponsors, race officials and the organising committee held a great event. Huge efforts were made by RCYC to comply with all safety requirements. All the competitors had a great time in very testing light air conditions. Well done to Ava and Matty. 

This coming week Junior Cadet Members Alice Tyrrell, Kate O’Connor, Anna O’Connor, Finn Cleary and Christian Ennis were scheduled to participate in the AIB Laser National Championship at Royal Cork Yacht Club and at the new Port of Cork dinghy facility in Ringaskiddy under the auspices of Monkstown Bay Sailing Club. Unfortunately, due to a combination of Covid 19 restrictions and the incoming storm Ellie, this event has event had to be cancelled.

In the absence of any sailing events, earlier in the summer, Junior Cadet Members Tim Norwood and Max Goodbody completed a virtual cycle around Ireland calling at all RNLI stations on the coast and raised over €10,000 for the RNLI.

The training schedule involved to participate in these events is a huge credit to the effort and commitment of our Junior sailors and their parents through these difficult times. Well done everybody.

The Junior Summer courses come to an end this week and the Club hopes all the sailors enjoyed their time on the water. Thank you to our senior instructor, Haemish Munro and our sailing manager, Mark McGibney for all their work. A special thank you also to all the instructors and assistant instructors who worked and helped throughout the Summer.

If any parents or sailors have comments or ideas please contact the Junior organiser at sean.oregan@me.com. We are looking for ideas for Autumn training so if you have any requests or suggestions please do reach out to us.

The Junior Committee