RIYC Junior Sailing News 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‚Äč 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