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The Optimist Circuit, a busy Summer!

When discussion amongst Optimist parents is focused on annual leave entitlement, you know it’s been a busy summer. After a very successful Ulster’s, our fleet has been busy representing MYC at many local and international events, consuming parents holiday leave at an exponential rate!

Leinsters – HYC – 16/17 June

MYC got off to a cracking start with Kate Campion winning senior silver fleet at the Leinsters, early June.

We also had some new blood enter the Optimist circuit with Sean Cronin competing in his first away event.

Congrats Kate & Sean and all our traveling fleet.

Crosbie Cup – Sutton 28/29 July

At Sutton, our junior and regatta participants, Ciara Paul, Glenda Gallagher, Sean Cronin, Laura Fleming and Juliette Ryan put on a great show with Juliette winning best under 8. Congrats Juliette

Again more new blood, with Laura Fleming entering the traveling fleet for the first time. Congrats Laura

British Nationals – Pwllheli – 4 to 10 August

Tara and Joanna Berry travelled to Pwllheli in Wales for the Optimist UK National championships with a fleet of 328 optimists between senior, junior and regatta.

Joanna Berry was representing Ireland in the U12 squad after successfully qualifying in the IODAI trails in April this year. Competing in the junior fleet of 120 boats, Joanna did her country and club proud.

Not to be outdone, her older sister Tara, competed very competitively in the Senior fleet of 154 boats.

Tara and Joanna are the first of the “new crop” of Optimist sailors to represent Ireland and country at an international event. We expect to see more Optimist sailors follow their path. Well done girls!

Irish Optimist Nationals: Kinsale 16-19 August:

The fleet was off again, Niamh Lynch, Sean Anglim, Kate Campion, Glenda Gallagher, Tara and Joanna Berry, Amalie Soffe, William Walsh and Ciara Paul, all flying the MYC flag.

4 days of choppy racing in swelling Atlantic sea’s with winds gusting force 5 at times. With a total of 11 races, averaging 3 races per day, back to back with 10 minute breaks between each long race. It was tough, very tough!

Parents in support ribs were so exhausted that many of us retired to bed before 9.30pm each evening. And remember that’s JUST the parents, who merely sat around on ribs, shouting nuggets of wisdom (or otherwise!) to their exhausted charges in-between races.

But it was worth it, as again we had success with Ciara Paul and William Walsh taking some of the Kinsale treasure trove home to Malahide.

Ciara won first girl in senior silver fleet and took 4th overall in senior Silver.

William emulated her success in the junior fleet taking 4th in the Silver fleet!

A big congratulation to all our sailors who navigated the challenging and competitive conditions Kinsale threw at them. We are all very proud of you.

Roll on the Munsters in Fenit, Co Kerry, September 8/9th.

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